Tributes to social worker killed in Tunisia attacks one-year on

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The widow of a Bassetlaw social worker killed a year ago in the Tunisian terror attacks paid tribute to her husband and 30 other victims at a service of remembrance.

John Stollery worked for Nottinghamshire County Council around the Worksop area for 33 years and for the final 16 years was a dedicated social worker looking after children in care.

The church service took place at St Edmund’s Church in Walesby, near Ollerton, where John lived with his family.

As well as thanking all those who have supported her and son Matthew over the past year, Cheryl shared her memories of her late husband and reflected on his life, values and the difference he made to others through his work.

Speaking at the service, she said: “Precious lives were taken from us and our loved ones without any real understanding of why it happened, except through a mindless act of terrorism.

“I also want to remember those who were seriously injured and those who gave help to others at a risk of putting themselves in danger.

“Their courage and acts of selflessness give us hope for the future that good will prevail through acts of kindness, outweighing any social, political, religious and cultural barriers.”

The county council’s service director for children’s social care Steve Edwards, who worked closely with John, also paid tribute to him.

“John was a dedicated social worker who was greatly valued by his colleagues and the children he looked after. John’s legacy lives on through the countless number of children he helped over the years.”

John’s closest friend Neil Duckmanton said: “No one could wish for a better friend than John, he was kind, thoughtful and loyal. He lived his life helping others and there is a huge void in many people’s lives since his death.”

The council confirmed it will celebrate John’s life by dedicating an annual award in his name for a looked-after child or young person who has made a positive difference in their own life or someone else’s.