TRIBUTES have been paid to a church figure in Warrington described as ‘incredible and special’.

St Elphin’s Church has sadly confirmed that the Reverend Canon June Steventon, the Rector of Warrington, sadly died yesterday, Sunday.

In a statement, St Elphin’s Church said: “It is with deep sadness that St Elphin’s Church announced the death of the Rector of Warrington.

“The Reverend Canon June Steventon passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 7.

“She is much-loved and will be greatly missed.

“St Elphin’s Church will be open for private prayer, reflection and a book of condolence on Monday between 6pm and 8pm.

“It will also be open on Wednesday between 10.30am and 12.30pm, and on Saturday between 10am and 1pm.”

Dozens of well wishes have been paid by parishioners, with one writing: “Heartbroken to hear this.

“Canon June was an incredible, special woman, with a presence, knowledge and faith that had such a precious impact on all those whose lives she touched.

“She had a great and lasting impact on my life, and it was clear to see the same impact for the community around her.

“Wishing her daughter, her family and friends much comfort at this very sad time.

Another said: “Rest in eternal peace June, a truly lovely lady who touched the heart of everyone she met, me included.

“Condolences to all of her family and friends. God bless you all.”

Churches in the borough have paid their respects, as has newly elected Warrington North MP Charlotte Nichols.

She wrote: “Sending love to June's family, loved ones and congregation on hearing this awfully sad news.

“As Rector of Warrington, June has always been such a huge presence in our civic life, and she will be deeply and profoundly missed. May her memory forever be a blessing.