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Obituary: Sue Stedman

Surrey-based businesswoman Sue Stedman passed away on May 30 after suffering a major stroke. Colleague Peppa Sheridan reflects on her contribution to the industry.

Sue was a vibrant, vivacious and energetic person and she brought much joy to everyone she met.

Sue spent more than 20 years running her own successful corporate clothing business - Sue Stedman Ltd – located in Worplesdon, Guildford. Having retired at the end of 2010, Sue was enjoying life to the full and often wondered how she had ever had time to work.

She established Sue Stedman in 1989 and during this time the company grew to become a recognised and highly respected business within the industry. Prior to establishing her own corporatewear business, she worked at a number of well-known national retailers in a wide range of management and buying roles, including Country Casuals, Harrods, Jaeger, Burberry and Revlon Cosmetics.

Sue joined LS & J Sussman, a clothing production company and supplier to Marks & Spencer and Pierre Cardin, where she successfully established a womenswear division before launching her own business venture.

After two successful decades of growing Sue Stedman Corporate Clothing, she announced her retirement at the end of 2010 and daughter-in-law, Teresa Stedman, took over the directorship of the business, having worked with Sue and the team since 2000.

Sue will be fondly remembered for her illustrious career in the UK’s clothing industry, and in particular for her warmth, kindness, creativity and pure vitality. 

Not only a wonderful business woman, Sue was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and treasured friend to many. Never one to prevaricate, Sue’s natural enthusiasm and energy was infectious, so when it needed doing it inevitably got done. She was a true inspiration and will be greatly missed.

Funeral arrangements:

The funeral service is to take place on June 12 at 11am at St Mary’s Church, Worplesdon.

A large number of people are expected to attend, and so the family has asked people to email if they plan to attend, confirming the name of those coming and the number of cars so arrangements can be made. 

The family has asked for no flowers to be sent but instead donations should be made, if desired, to the family’s nominated charity of the Stroke Association. A Remembrance Fund has been set up:

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