Tameside MBC leader Kieran Quinn has died after suffering a heart attack while delivering Christmas cards.
Cllr Quinn (Lab) was posting cards to residents of his ward in Droylsden with his wife, councillor Susan Quinn, on 23 December. He passed away on Christmas Day with his family at his side.
A key architect of devolution for Greater Manchester, Cllr Quinn was also prominent in the field of investments and pensions, serving as chair of Greater Manchester Pension Fund.
First elected to Tameside in 1994, Cllr Quinn became leader in 2010. Six years later Tameside was named LGC’s Council of the Year.
In a statement the council it said: “At times of great challenge when clarity of leadership was required Kieran never shied away from the tough decisions. Whether astutely guiding Tameside council through the most difficult period for local government in living memory, ensuring the GMPF grew into the largest most successful pension fund in the UK against the wider trend of pensions shortfalls, or fighting to reduce the north south economic imbalance now widely recognised through the Northern Powerhouse agenda, he always stood up and provided the necessary leadership.”
Deputy leader John Taylor (Lab) has taken over the council leader’s duties.