Death of Alderman Mrs Joan Stopporton

Plymouth City Council is sad to announce the death of Alderman and former Lord Mayor and Councillor, Mrs Joan Stopporton.

Alderman Mrs Stopporton died on 14 November 2016 aged 87. She was a Councillor for the Plympton St Mary Ward of Plymouth from 1979 and was made an Honorary Alderman of the City of Plymouth in 2000 having previously been Lord Mayor of the from 1997 to1998.

A funeral service is being held at Plympton St Mary Church on Friday 2 December at 12 noon. The Council flag is being flown at half-mast until sunset on the day of her funeral.

Alderman Mrs Stopporton served on a number of Council committees, including Licensing, Leisure, Housing and Anti-Poverty.

Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Alderman Joan Stopporton. She was an extremely hard working Councillor who was dedicated to supporting the children and young people of Plympton where she served as a governor of Woodford Infants and Junior school for a number of years. Joan was also elected the first lady Stannator in history and was one of the founder members of St Luke’s Hospice. She truly believed in the importance of family life and values.”

Alderman Mrs Stopporton leaves, four children; Michael, Robert, Joy-Anne and Jonathan, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The family would welcome anyone who knew Joan to attend the funeral, however, they have requested family flowers only.  Any donations received in lieu of flowers can be made via the website of Walter C Parsons, Funeral Directors (  All donations will be forwarded to the Children’s’ Hospice South West.  Anyone wishing to hand in condolence cards can do so via the Lord Mayor’s office.