Tribute to Sheffield political stalwart

Maureen Stoneman
Maureen Stoneman
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Tributes have been paid to a ‘devoted’ community and Labour party stalwart who has died after a long battle with cancer.

Maureen Stoneman, aged 76, was the chairman of governors at Rainbow Forge School in Hackenthorpe for many years and remained a governor until her death in the Northern General Hospital on Thursday, July 31.

Since moving to Sheffield with her husband Graham about 30 years ago, the pair had been committed members of Labour party branches.

They were one of the first to move into Owlthorpe when the estate was created and spent 23 years there bringing up their two sons, Peter and Philip,

Maureen was formerly secretary of the local Mosborough party branch, a role she performed for 10 years, and was also chairman at various points.

Coun Ian Saunders, who replaced her as secretary 12 years ago, said: “Maureen absolutely loved being a governor at the school.

“Anything to do with the kids she really enjoyed and she stayed on as a governor until she died.

“To the party she gave total commitment.

“Anything and everything that she could do for the community – she would do.”

Maureen was well-known around the community.

Her role gave her responsibly for organising leaflet runs when it came to campaigning, a major job in grassroots politics.

Coun Saunders said that it was a ‘privilege’ to have known Maureen.

He added: “Maureen will be sorely missed because apart from being a stalwart she was a great friend.

“She was a wonderful lady, nothing was too much trouble.

“She was absolutely devoted to her two sons and Graham as a family.

“She would have objected if you said she was anything out of the ordinary but everyone who knew her and what she did for the community would say that.”

Maureen was also an active member of the Emmanuel church at Waterthorpe and Christ Church in Hackenthorpe.

In the past she had been involved with PALS, the Patient Advice and Liaison Service. Her ill health reduced the amount of work she was able to do around three years ago.

Friends are invited to attend her funeral on Monday August 11.

The service to celebrate her life will be at Emmanuel Church, Waterthorpe, at 1.30pm followed by cremation at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium at 3pm.

There will be refreshments at Emmanuel Church after Hutcliffe Wood.

The family request that instead of flowers that a donation is made to St Luke’s Hospice.

Please send direct and mark them as in Maureen’s memory.