Jan Wilson, councillor for Manor Castle and former leader of Sheffield City Council, died yesterday aged 66.
Cllr Wilson was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007. She was elected to council in 1992 and stepped down as leader of Sheffield’s Labour group, a position she held for twelve years, last month. She served as leader of the Council from 1998-99 and again from 2002-08.
Council Chief Executive John Mothersole said, “John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council said: “We are deeply shocked. Jan will be sorely missed. She was an inspiration to us all. She was totally committed to working for Sheffield and was recognised for her dedication by being awarded a CBE in 2006. Her work with Yorkshire Forward was also celebrated. As well as being admired and respected locally, she was also much admired regionally and nationally.”
Councillors and MPs from all parties paid tribute to Jan last month after she announced she was stepping down for health reasons. SheffieldPolitics offers our sincere condolences to Cllr Wilson’s family and friends.