His passing has left a great gap

I was very sad to learn of the death of John Lee.

In May, 2011, we were both elected onto Rother District Council, and some while after this the council, in its wisdom, sent both of us to County Hall, Maidstone, to a seminar on how scrutiny procedures should operate.

Being thrown together we talked and discovered that we were born within days of each other, and although in different backgrounds, had careers running parallel, he as an officer in the Army and me in the Merchant Navy.

Although we held different political views an unlikely friendship was forged and led to entertaining, long and delightful lunches, filled with humour, knowledge and good conversation, all of which I much miss.

Following the sad loss of his beloved wife, Sheila, and for other personal reasons, he resigned from council, where he was greatly missed for his eloquence and understanding of the many issues that were important to the residents of Bexhill.

I didn’t know John for as long as other Bexhillians, and I am sure that more tributes with a greater knowledge and understanding than mine will be paid to him, but his passing has left a great gap, and it is with great sadness I say farewell to an officer and gentleman.

Sam Souster

Udimore Road

Rye

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