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Colin Smith OBE
Colin Smith OBE
Published: Wednesday, 06th January 2021

A former Oldham Council Chief Executive, who dedicated his life to improving the lives of people across the borough, has died aged 80.

Colin Smith joined Oldham Council in 1976 as borough treasurer before becoming Chief Executive. He retired from local government after over 40 years of service in 1999.

After working tirelessly to serve the people of Oldham, he spent his retirement dedicating more time to the borough and beyond by joining the boards of the Halle Orchestra, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Millgate Arts Centre and Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

Colin’s OBE is testament to his dedication to local government.

Oldham Sixth Form College and Spindles Shopping Centre, which is now owned by Oldham Council, were both projects overseen by Colin during his time with the council.

Oldham Council Leader, Sean Fielding, said: “I am saddened to hear of the passing of Colin Smith.

“Although I didn’t know Colin personally, his hard work and dedication during his time working for Oldham Council is still evident today.

“I know I join many others in passing my condolences onto Colin’s family and friends for their sad loss.”

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