Bishop of Leicester pays tribute to Rugby couple found dead

Sean and Mary Lawson. Photo: Diocese of Leicester NNL-170106-094208001
Sean and Mary Lawson. Photo: Diocese of Leicester NNL-170106-094208001

The Bishop of Leicester said he was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the deaths of Rugby couple Mary and Sean Lawson.

The pair were found dead at their home in Wiggins Close on Sunday afternoon – police are not treating it as suspicious.

Mary Lawson was director of education at the Diocese of Leicester for four years. Photo: Diocese of Leicester NNL-170106-094157001

Mary Lawson was director of education at the Diocese of Leicester for four years. Photo: Diocese of Leicester NNL-170106-094157001

Revd Martyn Snow paid tribute to Mrs Lawson, 63, who used to work at the diocese as director of education and was also a canon of Leicester Cathedral.

Mrs Lawson also worked as a primary school head teacher but suffered from ill health after a stroke in 2015.

“Mary made a very significant contribution to the work of the church across the diocese,” he said.

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by this news and my thoughts and prayers are with Mary and Sean’s colleagues, family and friends.”

Rugby Borough Council former head of environment and public realm Sean Lawson NNL-170530-162720001

Rugby Borough Council former head of environment and public realm Sean Lawson NNL-170530-162720001

Mrs Lawson was director of education between 2010 and 2014, leading the diocesan board of education through ‘many significant changes’ including the creation of Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust, he added.

After leaving the diocese, she became head of a primary school in Leicester.

Mr Lawson, 50, was head of environment and public realm at Rugby Borough Council, which also paid tribute to the ‘dedicated’ officer.

Neighbours said they were ‘heartbroken’ over their deaths, described by another as a ‘tragedy’.

“This is a close knit community and they both did more than their fair share for it,” a nearby resident said.

“I don’t want to say too much more because I’m just heartbroken they have died.

“You couldn’t wish for a better couple or met a nicer pair of people.”

One resident, living on nearby Crick Road, said: “He was very well known for his work with the council and was a pillar of the community.

“Its tragic because they seemed like a really nice couple.”

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