THE funeral of former Oldham Borough and Shaw and Crompton Parish councillor, Angie Farrell, will take place on Wednesday, May 27.
Angie, who served the Liberal Democrats and Liberals during her political career, died peacefully in hospital on May 15, aged 61.
Former Lib Dem colleague, councillor Howard Sykes, has led the tributes to his friend who last stood for Parish Council election in May 2018.
He describes Angie, (Angela Mary Cheeseman), who was first elected as a Shaw councillor in 1991, as a “first class champion for residents” as well as a “happy and jolly soul.”
Cllr Sykes added: “I first met Angie, as she insisted in being called, along with Tony her first husband; who died so young and tragically; when they moved to Shaw from Brent many moons ago.
“They soon both got roped into activities locally in Shaw and Crompton with the Liberal Democrats.
“Angie had many challenges in her personal life, but you would never know. She was a 100 percent glass half full person.
“She always had time for other people and their problems and was terrier like in getting justice and fair treatment for people.
“She was a first-class ward colleague, elected twice, and it was an honour and pleasure to serve with her from 2002 – 07.
“It was great to have her back on the Parish Council in 2015-19, where once again she was a credit to her community especially in the year she was Chairman.
“There is a very long list of committees and bodies she served on during her public life. It is impossible to list them all.
“A lifelong fan of rugby league she travelled all over the country in her passion for the game.
“I had the honour of attending the Grand Final one year at Old Trafford with her and Wayne – and typical of Angie she sorted the tickets and all arrangements out!
“She survived the difficult times when husband Tony passed away, supported by her family and especially her son Simon.
“It was great to see she found happiness once more when she married Wayne.
“I have many found memories of my friend, who always had a smile.
“We shared one New Year’s Eve together at her home with Wayne. Our planned take away arrived much later than planned and we all had a few too many drinks before it did!
“That was Angie all over a first-class champion for residents but a happy and jolly soul always up for a laugh, a drink and was always good company.
“I was proud to call her my friend and her family should be very proud of the real difference she made to many people’s lives by her interventions. She will be sadly missed by her family but also by many in Shaw and Crompton.
Angie was beloved wife of Wayne and the late Tony, dearly loved mum of Simon Anthony, dear mother in law of Kelcy, much loved by Shannon and loving sister of carol, Sandra and the late Brenda.
A private funeral service will take place at Oldham Crematorium at 3pm.
However, a webcast of Angie’s funeral will be available via: https://teams.microsoft.com/…/19%3ameeting_MDM1ZTFjNzctM…/0…
For those watching on a desktop or laptop computer, the video will open in a new browser window or tab.
If watching on iPhone or iPad, you will need to download the Microsoft Teams app from the App Store prior to the service taking place.
Family flowers only but donations, if desired, to the Samaritans c/o Hedley Jackson Funeral Directors, Lyon House 48/52 Rochdale Road, Shaw, Oldham OL2 7SA.