Tributes af­ter much loved coun­cil­lor dies aged 34

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘much loved’ coun­cil­lor and dog breeder who has died, aged 34.

Is­abel Thorn­tonMad­docks had served on Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil since 2012 rep­re­sent­ing Poyn­ton West ward.

She was a trained so­lic­i­tor but had given up le­gal prac­tice to be­come her hus­band Carl’s of­fice man­ager.

Her pas­sion was breed­ing and show­ing cocker spaniels.

Mrs Thorn­tonMad­docks, of Park Lane, Poyn­ton, had over­come can­cer last year but be­came ill again shortly af­ter her re-elec­tion to the town coun­cil in May. She died on July 17. Her fu­neral took place at St Ge­orge’s Poyn­ton Parish Church on July 31.

A Just Giv­ing page has now been set up in Mrs Thorn­ton-Mad­docks’ mem­ory, rais­ing money for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port which looked af­ter her dur­ing her treat­ment.

Pay­ing trib­ute to her, Jo Se­wart, chair­man of Poyn­ton Con­ser­va­tives said: “Is­abel was a much loved and re­spected young woman who has died far too early in her life’s jour­ney.

“She bore her re­cent ill­ness with for­ti­tude and lack of self pity.

“She will be missed by all who knew and cared for her.

“We of­fer our sym­pa­thy and prayers to her hus­band, fam­ily and friends. Is­abel will re­main long in our thoughts.”

Poyn­ton’s Mayor, Re­becca Hors­man­John­son, said Is­abel was ‘a de­light to work with’.

She added: “Her care for the res­i­dents she rep­re­sented and her ded­i­ca­tion to public ser­vice shone through.

“She was al­ways well pre­pared and was will­ing to do the unglam­orous back­ground re­search that helps con­vince oth­ers.

“She was par­tic­u­larly ac­tive on plan­ning is­sues.

“On many oc­ca­sions her train­ing as a so­lic­i­tor was of par­tic­u­lar value to the coun­cil.”

Mrs Thorn­tonMad­docks grew up in Marple and at­tended Manch­ester Univer­sity and then Ch­ester Law School.

Seek­ing a bet­ter work-life bal­ance, she gave up law to fo­cus on her breed­ing busi­ness Brook­thorne Cocker Spaniels.

On her web­site she said: “I have had dogs all my life, with my pas­sion for man’s best friend be­ing ig­nited by my first fam­ily dog decades ago – my huge, lov­able cho­co­late Labrador.

“This gen­tle gi­ant and I soon be­came the very best of friends. I am now a full-time cocker spaniel en­thu­si­ast, some may say fa­natic.”

Mrs Thorn­tonMad­docks was a friend and col­league of Phil Hoy­land, who served on Cheshire East Coun­cil and Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil and died in March, aged 60.

Do­na­tions in her mem­ory can be made to www.just­giv­ing.com/ Is­abel-Thorn­tonMad­docks.

●● Is­abel Thorn­tonMad­docks had served on Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil since 2012

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