Tributes paid to ‘highly respected’ volunteer

George Gibbs, 85,�of Fairoaks in Polegate, picked up the MBE from Her Majesty on Wednesday, February 22.

George Gibbs, 85,�of Fairoaks in Polegate, picked up the MBE from Her Majesty on Wednesday, February 22.

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Tributes have been paid to a well loved volunteer following his death earlier this week.

George Gibbs, from Polegate, died in hospital after suffering a stroke aged 87.

George Gibbs, 85,�of Fairoaks in Polegate, picked up the MBE from Her Majesty on Wednesday, February 22. ENGSUS00120120103101003

George Gibbs, 85,�of Fairoaks in Polegate, picked up the MBE from Her Majesty on Wednesday, February 22. ENGSUS00120120103101003

A former chief superintendent with the Metropoliton Police, George spent much of his retirement as an active volunteer for several organisations including Hailsham Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Sussex Police.

In 2012, George received an MBE in recognition of his tireless volunteering.

Speaking to the Herald at the time George said, “This has got to be the highlight of my life and I’m absolutely thrilled to have made the News Year’s Honours List.

“I have worked for the police all my life and working now with the amazing people who become police support volunteers keeps me active and allows me to continue to serve the public.”

Since 2002, George was a regular volunteer at the Hailsham Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Anne Kates, supervisor at Hailsham CAB said, “He started around the same time as I started volunteering and he was a pleasure to have at the front of house.

“He would be the first face our clients saw when they came in when worried and stressed but he had this manner about him and could calm down people immediately.”

In recent years George stepped back from front of house duties to help the CAB with its record-keeping.

“We will never find another George. He was a very valued member of the team and many of us went to see him in the hospital. He will be greatly missed.”

George was also a volunteer co-ordinator for Sussex Police working with police support volunteers around East Sussex.

Chief superintendent Neil Honnor, divisional police commander for East Sussex, paid tribute to his work.

He said, “George gave a lifetime of service to the public, retiring as a chief superintendent with the Metropolitan Police and then devoting years of his ‘retirement’ to organising volunteers to work alongside officers and staff in the East Sussex division of Sussex Police.

“We were delighted when he received his MBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list and we are now very saddened to hear of his death.

“He was a great guy, highly respected and well-loved by us all who came into contact with him and we will miss him.”

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