Members of East Dean Cricket Club were this week mourning the sudden death of their popular chairman Dave Windsor.
Dave, 68, died suddenly while on a break in France with his wife Sue.
The couple had moved to East Dean in 2000 from which time Dave played an active role in village life - particularly with the cricket club.
Born in South London, Dave retired in 2010 after a career in project management and contracting in municipal swimming pool design and installation.
Early on in his new life in East Dean Dave joined Neighbourhood Watch and was also a member of the Parochial Church Trust, representing them on the Village Hall Trust.
He had been a parish councillor for six years - the last two as vice-chairman - and was also on the recreation grounds committee.
Current parish council chairman Rob Page said: “Dave threw himself into all the work of the council and was a great friend and colleague who will be sorely missed.”
Dave had been a player at the cricket club since 2006 and in the last couple of years took on the role of chairman which, as many in local sport will know, involved virtually aspect of the club.
Current captain Neil Gamble paid tribute to him: “East Dean Cricket Club has lost one of its truly great characters. He worked tirelessly and selflessly during a time of great change at the club and without his enthusiasm for involving himself in all aspects there is no doubt the club would not be where it is today.
“His cheery good humour and positive attitude was infectious and it is no coincidence that since Dave took on the role of Chairman the team has enjoyed one of its most successful periods.
”His contribution and impact on our little club will never be forgotten. He will be sorely missed.”