TRIBUTES have poured in from across the community after the sudden death of Councillor Kieran Quinn, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, on Christmas Day.
Cllr Quinn suffered a heart attack while delivering Christmas cards in Droylsden on Saturday, December 23 and he died in hospital surrounded by his family two days later.
Cllr Quinn, 56, was first voted onto Tameside Council in 1994 and became executive leader in 2010. He was also chairman of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.
In a moving tribute, Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, said: “I am completely bereft at the news we have lost our dear friend Kieran Quinn.
“Just a few days before we were sat in Stalybridge Wetherspoons trying to broker a solution to a local issue. It is hard to believe that is the last conversation we were ever to have together.
“Kieran was a true Tameside and Labour man. What I admired about him was that he was always willing to challenge the status quo and take a tough decision.
“Some of the decisions he took on housing, school results, and the integration of health and social care have set Tameside on the right path for many years to come.
“He took over as Leader in the hardest possible circumstances – having to see the council budget effectively cut in half at the same time as the police, NHS and everything else saw significant reductions.
“The decisions that had to be taken as to where scarce resources went were very difficult. Kieran met them with courage and principle.
“Most of all I will remember Kieran for those less formal times when we were knocking on doors, having a pint after meetings, talking about his chickens, football and our families.
“I will miss him a great deal. My love and prayers are with Sue, Liam and Matthew, who must be in unimaginable grief.”
A book of condolence is available for all to sign at Dukinfield Town Hall or e-mail your message to firstname.lastname@example.org
In a statement, Tameside Council said: “It is with great sadness that we received the news of the death of Councillor Kieran Quinn, following a fall precipitated by a heart attack whilst out delivering Christmas cards for his Droylsden constituents with his wife, Councillor Susan Quinn.
“He died on 25 December 2017 with his wife and two sons at his side together with his close family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very tragic time.
“Kieran will be sorely missed. First and foremost he was a great family man rooted in the community of Droylsden and Tameside.
“Extremely hard working with an unfailingly generous personality, Kieran instinctively put himself on the side of those least able to look out for themselves.
“He had a strong and clear vision as to how to make Tameside a better place and a determination to make that happen – despite austerity and inordinate budgets.
“At times of great challenge when clarity of leadership was required Kieran never shied away from the tough decisions.
“Kieran always believed helping the most vulnerable – and supporting families and the community to flourish – needed more than kind words.
“The huge gap which will be left in public life in Tameside following his passing is a testament to the depth and breadth of his contribution to our community.
“Kieran will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues at Tameside Council.”
The Deputy Leader, Councillor John Taylor will lead and address any business matters.
Kieran Quinn’s funeral service will take place on Monday, January 22, at 10am at St Anne’s RC Church, Burlington Street, Ashton, followed by private interment at Droylsden Cemetery.
Flowers are to be from close family only. Donations will be gratefully received for ‘Tameside Hospital Critical Care/High Dependency Unit’ and these can be made by calling the cashier’s office on 0161 922 6033 and quoting Fund 719 CCU/HDU and paying with debit or credit card or by cheque payable to Tameside and Glossop ICO FT (Fund 719 CCU/HDU).