Former Conservative councillor and Eastbourne mayor David Stevens has passed away after a short illness at the age of 88.
Mr Stevens died on Saturday evening. He leaves his wife Jane and son Guy.
Born and brought up in Eastbourne, Mr Stevens was a retired headmaster of Chelmsford Hall, a former mayor of Eastbourne, a Conservative councillor for Meads for 24 years and also served in the Royal Sussex Regiment.
He was also a life member of Saffrons Sports Club and a vice-president of Sussex County Hockey Club.
In later years he enjoyed walking his dogs, holidaying in Scotland, gardening and classical music.
He was also a close friend of former Eastbourne MP Ian Gow who was murdered by the IRA and two years ago, he and his wife Jane hosted a tea party in their garden for Mr Gow’s widow Dame Jane as a bus was named in his honour.