A well-known town figure and stalwart in the Hailsham community has passed away aged 79.
Town councillor Bryan Burchmore passed away in the early hours of Wednesday April 30 at Eastbourne DGH, after succumbing to cancer.
Councillor Burchmore, was a well-liked and active member of the local community, an was elected onto the town council as an Independent in May 2007. He represented Hailsham South and West ward and served until May 2011, subsequently being voted in at the by-election which took place in November 2012.
He served on a number of committees, including the former environment and leisure committee, of which he was chairman from May 2008 to May 2010. He was deputy town mayor and vice-chairman of Hailsham Town Council from May 2010 to May 2011.
Town Mayor Jo Bentley said, “Cllr Burchmore was a respected town councillor and cared passionately about Hailsham and the people in it.
“I wish to record my deep appreciation of Bryan’s work as town councillor in recent years, his approachability, his kind nature, and not least his positive outlook on things.
“He will be sadly missed by Town Council members, officers and the wider community. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”
John Harrison, town clerk, said, “I can only add to the many wonderful messages which have already circulated about Cllr Burchmore - this is such a huge loss for Hailsham and for everyone who knew him.”
“Members and officers of Hailsham Town Council would like to extend their heartfelt sympathies to Bryan’s wife of 19 years and family members.”
Fellow town councillor Geoff Rowe, a long-term friend of Councillor Burchmore’s said, “Bryan was an exceptional man with a heart of gold. I will miss his ideas, his humour, his friendship and perhaps most of all his ability to always look on the bright side of life.
“It was a pleasure to work with him on the council as he was extremely dedicated and committed to Hailsham.
“We have lost someone who has made a significant contribution to the life and well-being of the community in which he lived.”
• Friends are welcome to attend the funeral, which will take place at the Eastbourne Crematorium on Thursday May 15 at 11.30am.
Family flowers only, donations to Raystede Animal Sanctuary c/o Hailsham Funeral Services, 11 Station Road, Hailsham, BN27 2BE.