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Fitting Farewell for Long Serving Council Worker
Tuesday 27th October 2015 @ 14:39 by Tom Greggan

Tameside Council employees past and present came together at Dukinfield Cemetery to salute one of their own in a fitting tribute at Dukinfield Cemetery.

More than 100 colleagues assembled to bid a final farewell to dedicated council worker Ian Tomlinson.

Ian had worked for the council for many years, having received an honour for his long service and dedication just weeks before his death.

He was also named ‘Driver of the Year’ for his valued and committed work, for which is he was very proud.

Ian sadly died of a heart attack in his sleep on September 27th. He was 57-years-old. His death came as a huge shock to everyone and he will be sadly missed.

Some of Ian’s closest work colleagues carried the coffin at the service and a collection by his colleagues raised over £120 which will be donated to the British Heart Foundation in his memory.

Ian Tomlinson Funeral

An only child, Ian leaves behind his father Roy whom he cared for at home. He will be particularly missed by his friend Leona and his driving partner Milko.

As a child, Ian lived in Droylsden and went to Moorside Primary School then Liittlemoss Boys School. His family moved to Stalybridge and then Denton with Ian working at the Walls Meat factory in Godley before joining the council in 1980.

Ian was known for being one of those people who did all the jobs that most people would walk away from such as house clearances, site clean-ups and cleaning grot spots throughout the borough.

Ian had a great ‘family’ at work and that showed with so many of his colleagues from Tameside Environmental Services attended his funeral service.

In his spare time, Ian loved to fish; often he’d go course fishing at Newquay. In 2013, he received 3rd Place in the Penny Farthing Angling Club Awards and in 2012 he won the Fisherman’s Biggest Fish Award.

Head of Waste Services Garry Parker paid tribute to Ian, saying: “Ian was a mild mannered, friendly man and was always very accommodating.

“He was well liked and this big man has left a big hole in the waste team, who are a very loyal crowd and turned out in force to pay tribute to him. My deepest condolences go to Ian’s family, friends and colleagues.”