Former Eastbourne pharmacist Tony Parsons passed away at his home in Lincoln in the new year aged 80.
His family, friends and former colleagues have paid tribute to him and his widow Maureen said, “He was happy go lucky, humble and looked for the best in everyone.”
Mr Parsons, born in Eastbourne in 1934, attended Eastbourne Grammar School before gaining a pharmacy degree at Brighton and while he was studying worked as a lifeguard at the Wish Tower beach. He worked in pharmacies in Knightsbridge and the East End in London where he met his first wife Pat, a teacher at Cavendish School.
The couple returned to Eastbourne to take over his father’s business GW Parsons in Seaside and they had two children, Sarah and Simon.
When Pat died in the late 1990s Mr Parsons sold the pharmacy and worked as a locum in pharmacies in Eastbourne up until the age of 74.
He was also a keen fisherman, played darts and golf. He married his former childhood sweetheart Maureen in 2000 and the couple moved to Lincoln.
His funeral is Tuesday February 3 at 11.15am at St Michael and All Angels, Willingdon Road. See page 51.