Councillor Susan Dearden

Sue Dearden

It is with great sadness that Oldham Council announces the passing of Chadderton Central councillor, Sue Dearden.

A former secondary school teacher, Sue first came to Oldham in the 1970s to take a job in Chadderton and subsequently lived in Hathershaw, Glodwick and Springhead.

After teaching she worked in youth justice and education management at Rochdale Council before her recent retirement.

Sue had two adult sons who live in Oldham, and three grandchildren, and she also had caring responsibilities for her father.

As a Labour party candidate she was first elected to serve the Chadderton Central ward in 2012.

As part of her duties she served as chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board for Oldham as well as District Youth Champion, and she was a member of the Chadderton District Executive and Oldham Leadership Board.

In her health role, Cllr Dearden played a key part in supporting a range of key initiatives such as Get Oldham Growing.

Sue was also a proud equalities champion. Describing herself as a feminist she championed women’s’ rights issues and – having been a single parent and a carer – she was keen to support young women to be confident and ambitious understanding the pressures many face in caring for their families.


There are 26 responses to “Councillor Susan Dearden”

  1. Cllr Diane Williamson Says:

    What a great loss the Council Chamber has been without Sue over the last few months.

    Although I did not know her well, whenever I saw her she would smile and say hello. In meetings she was always professional and would try to get the right outcome.

    She will be missed and I would like to pass on my thoughts to her family and family at the incredibly sad time.

  2. Cllr Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader Says:

    "It’s incredibly sad to lose Sue and all our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly difficult time.” “I know her loss is felt by so many people. Sue was kind, positive, well respected and loved in every role she undertook, not just as a member of the council or party, but first and foremost as a mother, grandmother, carer and friend. “She was a hard-working ward councillor for Chadderton Central and one that inspired people. She really made a difference in this borough through her work championing important social issues like health and wellbeing, education and women’s rights and that is her legacy. “Although we all knew Sue was ill her passing is very difficult to accept. We were blessed and fortunate to have known her and she will be greatly missed.”

  3. Anne Burns Says:

    so very sorry to read this extremely sad post Sue you where a very special person with a heart of gold thank you for all the happy memories R.I.P. and my heartfelt condolences to all your family x

  4. Joe Curran Says:

    A warm friendly and professional lady, who will be sadly missed not just to Oldham Council but to her loved ones and extended family in the community. When I first arrived in Oldham Sue was one of the first Councillors that I engaged with, she was very supportive to my role, and that I will never forget. My condolences and prayers to all Sues family. R.I.P lovely lady

  5. Alija Says:

    A huge loss for the residents of Chaddetron Central, the Chadderton District Team and me. Strong willed, ahead of her time, an inspiration. Rest in peace.

  6. Faridah Newman Says:

    Deeply saddened to hear today of the passing of Cllr Sue Dearden, who was such a warm, kind and supportive influence when I worked for Oldham Council in 2013-15. I hope in time that the words and memories shared here can bring some comfort to her loved ones, and show how well regarded and fondly thought of Sue was by most everyone who met her. Rest in peace, Sue.x

  7. Member ICT Support Team Says:

    So sad to hear the news today,
    gone way too soon,
    RIP Councillor Dearden.

  8. Kathy Brooks Says:

    Socialist, feminist, passionate supporter of freedom & justice for Palestinians & of women's education in Gaza. It was a pleasure & privilege to have known you, Sue.

  9. Stephen Says:

    this is a huge loss to the council. she always had a banter with me at events. She will be sadly missed, She was a legend. RIP Sue Dearden x

  10. Sheila Says:

    Sue , brave , fierce , compassionate , fair and caring . All the qualities of a community leader - she made such a difference and will be sadly missed in Oldham politics . My condolences to her family and friends , rest in peace pain free , beautiful lady x

  11. Maria Says:

    Really sad news. at least no longer suffering. Heartfelt condolences to her family. May everyone remember her for all the good she did and her everlasting legacy. R.I.P.

  12. Ted Lewis Says:

    Very sad to hear this news. Sue was someone my wife, Pauline, and I have known and respected for many years. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

  13. Ben Gilchrist Says:

    Such sad news. Sue was a great person to work with and a true community champion who will be much missed.

  14. Deborah Wroe Says:

    I was desperately sorry to hear the news of Sue's passing. She was an inspiration to many, myself included. Such a passionate supporter of the local area, women's rights, refugees and many many more. She made a real difference to people's lives and I hope her family take some comfort from knowing her life, though way too short, was well spent in terms of being good and kind and helping those less fortunate.

  15. Jeremy Sutcliffe Says:

    Always "a good comrade". A lovely person. A friend to be missed.

  16. muzahid khan Says:

    Sue always had a smile. A very caring person, you will be missed.

  17. Valerie Leach Says:

    A huge loss, of course for her family,but also for everyone working for equity and for a more caring society. Oldham Unity,working for destitute asylum seekers, will miss her commitment.

  18. Graeme Currie Says:

    So sad to hear of Sue’s passing. I remember Sue from the early 1980's. She was a firebrand of radical politics. I loved to hear people telling about Sue in an early Anti-Apartheid demo (I think it was) demanding to be handcuffed in the back of the Police Van on West Street with Dave Hannay, Keith Bradford and others. She demanded of the police “why have you handcuffed just the men and not me?” She was a hero!!! She fought for equality of treatment, justice and was a beacon to us all of strength and respect. I went into Oldham Council Local Politics before her and left before she got on the Council so I missed that phase. She must have been brilliant! She will be missed big time!

  19. Donna McLaughlin Says:

    On behalf of the staff of Royal Oldham Hospital, can we express our sincere condolences to Sue's colleagues, family and friends. Sue was very supportive of the NHS and the promotion of good health amongst the communities of Oldham. As chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board she provided "supportive challenge" to NHS leaders to ensure her town got the best. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Donna McLaughlin,
    Chief Officer
    Oldham Care Organisation
    Northern Care Alliance NHS Trust
    Royal Oldham Hospital

  20. Cllr. Jan Richards (nee Vinter) Says:

    No-one made more of a difference to the lives of others and I include myself amongst that number. My best boss, my greatest friend, a passionate Nogal, my Councillor, my counsellor, my role model. I'm grateful for the opportunity you gave me to tell you how much I value, respect and love you. I'm sorry you had to leave us far too soon, but fond memories will live forever. My deepest sympathy to your family, friends and colleagues who will miss you dreadfully. xx

  21. Diane Richards Says:

    I had not known Sue long but long enough to know what a special person she was how very much respected and loved by all who she touched. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends x

  22. Alison Says:

    Illuminate Oldham was brilliant tonight, but with every delightful thing I saw, I knew how much Sue would have loved to see the town shining,
    Thank you for all your support, encouragement and inspiration Sue. You will be missed always.

  23. Paul mundy Says:

    I worked with Sue 84/85 at the intermediate treatment project on Langley. Engaging and passionate about diverting young people from the criminal justice system. I last saw her about 5 years ago in Asda chaddeton racking up miles on an exercise bike raising funds for charity. In between the puffing and panting she took time to remember the old times and wish me well. Rip Sue

  24. Vernon Cressey, Chair of Dr Kershaw's Hospice Says:

    Extremely sad to hear about the death of Sue; she will be a great loss to Oldham and on behalf of Dr Kershaw's Hospice Board and staff we extend our deepest condolences to her family.As Chair of the Health and Well Being Board, Sue took a keen interest in the hospice and we are grateful for her support and the enthusiasm she displayed for services offered by the hospice.Sue will be missed by all.

  25. Sonja costello Says:

    Sue thank you for all the support over the years and your friendshipand support with crossley comunity
    Our comunity will miss you .you were a insporation and a bright light that never dimed you will be missed xx

  26. Cllr Jenny Harrison Says:

    Dearest many wonderful things said about you by so many...all true. I will miss your great friendship, your sense of fun and your love of a good night out. I can't believe we will never again put the world to rights over a glass or two of red wine but you will live on in many happy memories. Love and sincerest condolences to your family.


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