Tributes have flooded in for a former Eastbourne police inspector who died suddenly while on holiday in Crete.
Graham Lindfield suffered a heart attack while on holiday with his wife Sandra in the Crete fishing town of Elounda on June 27. He was 66.
His funeral was held at Eastbourne Crematorium on Tuesday and family, friends and scores of fellow former police officers turned out to say a fond farewell to Graham, whose “glass was always half full, never half empty”.
Graham was Brighton born and joined the West Sussex Constabulary as a cadet in 1965.
When the Sussex Police force was established in 1968, he worked as a policeman in Littlehampton before moving to Lancing, Brighton and then Hailsham after working his way up through the ranks of police sergeant and inspector.
He married his wife Sandra in 1970 and the couple had a daughter Gemma.
He moved to Eastbourne and during his time there, organised the funeral of assassinated Eastbourne MP Ian Gow.
He had previously led a group of officers from Eastbourne to help cover the miners’ strike.
He retired in 1997 but returned to work for Sussex Police in a civilian role and was at the forefront of the campaign for a refuge for women and children in Sussex as the very first victim services officer
He finally retired two days before his 65th birthday.
Graham was well known throughout the force for being a caring compassionate police officer and fellow officers have paid tribute to him.
At his funeral, celebrant Steve Isted said Graham liked to be hands on in his police career.
“Graham could have easily gone higher in the ranks but he liked to be hands on and operational and he loved being the governor to his troops,” he said.
“There was never such a dedicated, caring and considerate police officer and a man as Graham. He truly was one of a kind who will be missed by not only his loving family but all his very many friends.”
Former police officer Ken Bruce said, “A good guv’nor and friend. Definitely rest in peace, there are many of us who will always remember Graham and his kindness.”
PC Trevor Perks said, “Graham was my first guv’nor, never one to be anything other than firm but fair and who was always larger than life.
“‘If you ever feel out of your depth but you know they’ve done wrong, nick em, and we’ll work out why later’ was what he told me on my first day in his new boy pep talk.
“Rest in peace, sir, your shift is done. And it was a long one, and well executed.”
At home, as well as spending time with Sandra and barrister Gemma, of whom he was immensely proud, Graham enjoyed fishing and was due to go to Hungary in August to represent England in the International Police Fishing Competition.
Sandra and Gemma are now planning to carry out Graham’s wishes and some of his ashes will be mixed with bait and cast into the water he loved to fish in.
Donations in Graham’s memory can be made to Refuge, care of Dillistone Funeral Service, 191 South Farm Road, Worthing, BN14 7TW.
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