Tributes after loss of Sheffield council stalwart

Coun John Robson.
Coun John Robson.
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A ‘dedicated’ Sheffield councillor has lost a two-year fight against cancer - the killer illness he thought he had beaten.

Coun John Robson, who represented Arbourthorne for the last 10 years and was a former chairman of the city’s licensing board, became unwell again around six weeks ago.

Coun Robson, aged 65, a former social worker, had been diagnosed with cancer affecting his tonsils about two years ago but initially recovered - before it recurred throughout his body.

In the last few weeks he had gone to stay with his civil partner, John Smith, in Hull, where he died in the early hours of yesterday.

The pair had their civil partnership ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall in 2009.

Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader and ward colleague, said: “John worked tirelessly for the local community and achieved many great things for the area.

“John was liked and respected across the council and will be remembered with a smile by everyone.”

Fellow Arbourthorne councillor Jack Scott added: “He was well known for his hard work and dedication.”

And Heeley MP Meg Munn said: “He loved serving the people of Arbourthorne, whether tackling local problems or putting on the Santa suit at Christmas.”

Opposition leader Coun Shaffaq Mohammed said he was ‘devastated’ by the news of Coun Robson’s death.

Liz Donaghy, vice chair of Sheffield Labour Party, said she had been about to present him with a certificate marking 50 years of party membership.

“It’s a big shock,” she said.