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Motor man's sudden death in Sweden

PUBLISHED: 10:34 30 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

TRIBUTES have been paid to a county councillor who collapsed and died in Sweden after suddenly being taken ill while visiting his son.

Richard Church, aged 63, was fleet sales manager with Marshalls in Ipswich and a member of the Institute of Motor Industry.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a county councillor who collapsed and died in Sweden after suddenly being taken ill while visiting his son.

Richard Church, aged 63, was fleet sales manager with Marshalls in Ipswich and a member of the Institute of Motor Industry.

He was a Suffolk county councillor and had served as a Suffolk Coastal district councillor until 2000, when he had to resign after moving out of the district to live in Holton, near Halesworth.

He was walking with his wife Yvonne at the end of a week's stay with their eldest son when he suffered a dizzy spell and collapsed with a heart condition.

An ambulance was called and the Conservative county councillor for Blything was taken to hospital, but medics were unable to save him.

His widow said yesterday Mr Church was a devoted father, was always active, took his political work seriously and was interested in music and sport.

"He was the sort of person who could not say no to anybody. He always had a smile on his face. He kept going all day. It was full pelt, that was the way he lived," she added.

Lin Homer, chief executive of Suffolk County Council, said: "We were all very sad to hear of Richard's death and he will be missed by everyone who knew him at Suffolk County Council.

"He had worked hard to represent the interests of his community since being elected to the county council in 1997. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time."

Mr Church leaves a wife and four children, Giles, Pippa, Lucy and James, and grandchildren Edward and Charlie. His funeral will take place on Friday at St Peter's Church in Holton.


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