Condolences have been made after councillor Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council, passed away on Christmas day.
Cllr Quinn sadly died following a fall caused by a heart attack over the Christmas period.
He was also the chair of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) and an architect of devolution for Greater Manchester.
A statement from the council said: ‘At times of great challenge when clarity of leadership was required Kieran never shied away from the tough decisions.
‘Whether astutely guiding Tameside Council through the most difficult period for local government in living memory, ensuring the GMPF grew into the largest most successful pension fund in the UK against the wider trend of pensions shortfalls or fighting to reduce the north south economic imbalance now widely recognised through the Northern Powerhouse agenda, he always stood up and provided the necessary leadership.’
The council also praised cllr Quinn for his ‘unfailingly generous personality’ and for helping the most vulnerable in the community.
Cllr Quinn leaves his wife and fellow councillor, Susan Quinn, and two sons.