30 June 2016
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “All of us at Sheffield City Council are today paying tribute to Councillor Isobel Bowler, who has died at the age of 52 following a brave battle with cancer.
“She leaves a teenage daughter, Mary, and her husband, Richard. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this horribly sad time.
“Today we are flying the Town Hall flag at half-mast and we will continue to do so until Isobel’s funeral. There is a book of condolences in the Town Hall for all that would like to come and leave a tribute.
“Isobel was a charismatic and popular councillor, who was devoted to her job as a ward member for Mosborough and during her time as a Cabinet Member. She was no-nonsense, practical and always backed up her words with action.
“Isobel, an Oxford University graduate, lived in Fulwood and played an active part in the Sheffield community, being a governor at Westways School in Crookes. Following a long career in the public sector, she became councillor for Mosborough ward in 2010 and was named Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure two years later, a role that reflected her huge appetite for life.
“Culture and sport were Isobel’s passions. She was unashamed to tell Rony Robinson, live on Radio Sheffield, that she liked neither Strictly Come Dancing nor the X Factor, and was more of an Archers fan. If there was anything going on in the arts world in Sheffield, Isobel would be there, and usually urging everyone else to be there too.
“Isobel will be very much missed by everyone here at Sheffield City Council.”