THE funeral takes place on Friday, June 29 of Cllr Catherine Piddington follow her death aged 59 after a short illness.
The service is at Albion United reformed Church, Ashton, at 2.30pm followed by a private cremation for friends and family and wake at Dukinfield Town Hall from 4pm.
Cllr Piddington was elected to the Ashton Waterloo ward in 1990 and for many years she was Tameside Council’s executive member for environmental services.
She was also the longest-serving member of the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority and a past chair.
In those roles, she drove forward the changes to infrastructure and attitudes that ensured the amount of waste sent to landfill was minimised and the amount recycled maximised.
While those changes were not always popular in the short term, her work as a champion of the green agenda and recycling is a long-term legacy she leaves for future generations of Tameside and Greater Manchester.
A tribute on the Tameside Council Facebook account read: “In the year we celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage we should remember that Cath became a senior councillor at a relatively young age and was a member of Tameside’s first ever executive cabinet back in the early 2000s.
“Tameside and Ashton Waterloo have lost a real champion, and Cath’s colleagues on the council have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Cath’s family and friends.”
Mother-of-three Cllr Piddington, who lived on Downshaw Road, Ashton, was a pupil at the former Stamford High School, Mossley Road.
The flag at Dukinfield Town Hall, Tameside Council’s head office, has been lowered until the day of the funeral as a mark of respect in line with protocol on death of a serving councillor.
Messages of condolence can be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and will be passed on to her family.