TAMESIDE Council’s executive leader, Cllr Kieran Quinn, was laid to rest on Monday 22 January after a requiem mass attended by more than 500 people.
In addition to Cllr Quinn’s widow, Susan; sons Liam and Matthew; and his six brothers and three sisters; the mourners at St Ann’s Church, Ashton-under-Lyne, included the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman; Mrs Sharman Birtles DL, representing the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester; Councillor Eddy Newman, Lord Mayor of Manchester; Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester; The Rt Hon The Lord Pendry of Stalybridge; Members of Parliament, and civic and community leaders from across the region.
The number of people attending from far and wide was a true testament to all that Kieran was; a family man, community leader, council leader, and Chair of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.
Cllr Quinn collapsed on December 23, while delivering cards in his Droylsden East ward which is something he did together with his wife and fellow Droylsden Councillor every year. He died in Tameside Hospital on Christmas Day surrounded by his family.
The mass, which was led by Father Simon Firth, featured speeches by the chief executive of Tameside Council, Steven Pleasant, and the deputy leader, Cllr John Taylor. Both spoke highly of Kieran’s many accomplishments and how they were all the more applaudable as they came in such difficult times for local government. Steven quoted a message from the book of condolence which he believed to sum up Kieran’s attitude to work and life; ‘Kieran said there’s always a way to do the right thing’.
Cllr Quinn’s sons, Liam and Matthew, gave the eulogy which reflected on Kieran as first and foremost a family man. His proud sons spoke fondly of family holidays and how their strong family bond and upbringing has made them who they are today. The service concluded with “Faith of Our Fathers”, which was played on the bagpipes by Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, and a former policy adviser to Cllr Quinn.
Afterwards, the family accompanied the coffin to Droylsden Cemetery for a private burial.
Donations in Cllr Quinn’s memory are still being accepted by Tameside Hospital’s critical care/high dependency unit (fund no 719). Call 0161 922 6033 to pay by card or make cheques payable to Tameside and Glossop ICO FT. Quote fund 719 CCU/HDU in both cases.
For people wishing to record a personal tribute, the book of condolence remains open at Dukinfield Town Hall. Alternatively, there is an online version at http://public.tameside.gov.uk/forms/f2345CllrKieranQuinn.asp
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