Memorial to be held for tragic council chief

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A MEMORIAL service to commemorate the life of former metro deputy chief executive Sue Johnson is to be held.

Mrs Johnson, who died in her sleep after a sudden illness before Christmas, received emotional tributes from councillors at Wednesday’s full meeting at the Town Hall.

A memorial service is to be held in Wigan for the 51-year-old at an as yet unconfirmed date.

Her funeral is to be held on Monday in her hometown of Wrexham. She often stayed with friends in Wigan.

Councillors expressed their shock at the first meeting since the mother of one passed away just before Christmas.

Mayor of Wigan Coun Mike Winstanley described Mrs Johnson as somebody who “genuinely cared” about Wigan and spoke of how he will miss her.

Council Leader Lord Peter Smith added: “I was in a real state of shock when I heard.

“Only days before I was at the office party with her and she was looking forward to Christmas.”

Her ability to speak fluently in foreign languages received particular praise – especially with representatives from twin town Angers.

Independent Leader Gary Wilkes said: “It is very hard to accept. To lose a wife and mother is beyond words.

“My thoughts and prayers are with her family and close colleagues.”

Conservative leader Sean Ell added: “It was a real pleasure to work with her.”