Rose Paterson: Shropshire Council chair remembers 'warm and graceful' woman

By Rob Smith | North Shropshire | News | Published:

The chair of Shropshire Council has paid tribute to Rose Paterson, the wife of North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson who died this week.

Rose Paterson died aged 63

Mrs Paterson, aged 63, was found dead at the family home near Ellesmere on Wednesday.

She was the chairman of Aintree Racecourse, a grandmother and had three children Felix, Ned and Evie.

Councillor Ann Hartley, the chair of Shropshire Council, said: “I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic and sudden death of Rose Paterson.

Rose Paterson died aged 63

"I have known Rose for many years, and worked closely with her at many of the council’s citizenship ceremonies, when she represented the Lord Lieutenant as one of the Deputy Lieutenants.

She always bought a warmth and grace to these occasions.

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“I will greatly miss her, as will all who were lucky enough to know her.

“On behalf of everyone at Shropshire Council – councillors and officers – I want to pass on my sincere condolences to Owen and all of Rose’s family. Our thoughts are with them all at this very difficult time.”

Earlier this week, Mr Paterson said: "Rose and I were married for 40 happy years. She was a wonderful, caring wife, mother and grandmother.

“Her death has come as a terrible shock to us all."

Mrs Paterson's death is being treated as "unexplained" and police say there is not believed to have been any third party involvement.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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