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'Dedicated, passionate' council officer and wife found dead at Rugby home

Rugby Editorial 30th May, 2017 Updated: 31st May, 2017   0

A SENIOR Rugby Borough Council officer and his wife have been found dead at their home.

Sean Lawson, 50, and his wife Mary, 63, were discovered at their Wiggins Close home on Sunday (May 28).

His colleagues at the council, where he was Head of Environment and Public Realm, made the announcement “with great sadness”.

In a joint statement, the leaders of the council’s Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative groups said they were “shocked and saddened”.

Couns Claire Edwards, Jerry Roodhouse and Michael Stokes said: “Sean served the council and the people of the borough with the utmost dedication and passion for his work. His legacy will continue through the borough’s award winning parks and open spaces, as just one example.

“Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time.

“Our thanks and thoughts also go to Sean’s colleagues who, even in the wake of this tragic news, have continued to work to the highest professional standards. We will continue to work together to ensure that Sean’s colleagues have the support they need following this very sad announcement.”

Sean worked at the authority for 12 years, during which he oversaw major projects including the build and operation of the Rainsbrook Crematorium and the planting of the Diamond Wood, where he planted several trees in person.

He sat on the Rugby Community Safety Partnership and chaired the Rugby Safety Advisory Group.

A joint statement from Council Leader Coun Michael Stokes and Executive Director Adam Norburn said: “Sean was close to his staff and news of his death has been a shock to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Police said they were not treating the incident as suspicious.

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