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Family's touching tribute to 'bright star' councillor and businessman who died aged 57 after heart attack

The family of a popular councillor and Wolverhampton businessman have paid tribute to their 'bright star' following his shock death.

Robbie Marshall

Councillor Robert Marshall, affectionately known as Robbie, died just 57 years old last week after a heart attack last month.

He was a county, district, and parish councillor in Codsall, Staffordshire, and ran the 100 year old family business JH Marshall Pressings in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years Jane and their two children James, 26, and Hayley, 23.

A statement released by the family said: "Robert was such an eccentric and lovable character, he shone like a very bright star, radiating help and support out to everyone around him that ever needed help or guidance. When such a star fades, the darkness that ensues is absolute. He was a wonderful husband and father and will be sorely missed by all that knew him."

The family also said they wanted to thank all those who had supported them and sent them their regards over the past three weeks since Mr Marshall's heart attack.

Councillor Val Chapman, chairman of South Staffordshire Council, said: "Robert was a wonderful community councillor who will be sorely missed".

Friend and fellow Wolverhampton business man Henry Carver added: "Robert was an old fashioned councillor who always did his best for his community."

Mr Marshall was a keen squash player and an active member of Wolverhampton Chess Club and a former MENSA chess champion.

He served on Staffordshire County Council for 20 years, including a spell in the the Cabinet, as well as being elected to South Staffordshire District Council in 1994, and being a parish councillor on both Codsall and Bilbrook parish councils.

The family will make release funeral arrangements once they are known.