Former Bexhill town mayoress Anne McEwan has died less than three months after her husband, former town mayor and Rother councillor John McEwan.
Anne, who had been a nurse, had cared for John devotedly until his death earlier this year at the age of 80, not knowing that she also was also suffering from cancer. She died last Friday (November 2).
For John and Anne, their year as mayor and mayoress was the pinnacle of their time in their beloved adoptive town.
They had been married for more than 50 years.
Anne leaves a sister Catherine, daughters Angela, Catherine and Anne, and grandchildren Henry, Evie, George and Beatrix (‘Bebe’).
Both Angela and grandson George have followed Anne into nursing.
Anne was born at Consett, County Durham, and was one of 11 children.
She had worked as a nurse at both Bexhill Hospital and the former Nazareth House convent in Bexhill.
The couple had moved to Bexhill in 1976 and soon immersed themselves in community life, with Anne supporting John as he entered local politics.
John McEwan spent 10 years serving the Central Ward electorate.
He was town mayor in 1994-95 with the full support of Anne, who was at his side at countless engagements as his mayoress.
John, who also worked as a police officer for Sussex Police between 1974 and 1990, passed away on August 18, 2018 after a stay at Peterhouse in Old Town.