‘An outstanding person of beauty, integrity and intelligence’

Sue Robb, who lost her cancer fight aged 49
Sue Robb, who lost her cancer fight aged 49

A FORMER town woman who spent much of her life working in healthcare has lost her long battle with cancer.

Sue Robb battled cancer for 15 years, having been treated for breast cancer before developing ovarian cancer.

She lost her brave battle last week, aged just 49.

Sue, a mum-of-two, lived in Hartlepool in the early 1990s when her husband Graham stood for MP as Conservative candidate in 1992.

Her first job was at the Memorial Hospital, in Darlington, and she then moved to Sedgefield Community Hospital’s Josephine Rutter Centre and then Middlesbrough’s social services department

Her final job was at James Cook University Hospital, where she became occupational therapy manager.

In her spare time she campaigned hard for cancer charities, telling her story to the media and raising money for Ovarian Cancer and the Ileostomy Association.

Graham, who runs Recognition PR firm, in Darlington, said: “She had many friends in Hartlepool following me standing for parliament there in the early 90s and we lived in the town.

“Sue and I had one of life’s great partnerships.

“She was an outstanding person of beauty, integrity and intelligence.

“She had love and kindness towards so many people, especially her family and her patients.

“In professional work she never forgot the need to care for people and was a fierce defender of the highest standards.

“At home she was the guiding light for two wonderful children and was my life partner for 34 years.

“We would have been married 30 years this September and she died the day before her 50th birthday.

“She coped with cancer so well to the very end, undergoing years of medical interventions.

“Her grace, courage and dignity were present in abundance during her final days. “Her family will miss her terribly, her death will leave a massive void in our lives.”

Sue had a great love of the outdoors.

In 2007 she and Graham bought a small cottage in the Yorkshire Dales and spent every other weekend there.

She took a great interest in the work of farmers and loved the livestock shows and lambing time.

Sue’s funeral will take place on Wednesday, July 16, at 2pm at St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington.