TRIBUTES have been paid to Antonia Beckett who passed away earlier this month at the age of 93.
Miss Beckett was the granddaughter of TR Beckett, the founder of Beckett Newspapers, which publishes the Eastbourne Herald and the Gazette series, and spent the majority of her life in Eastbourne.
She died in hospital in December following a battle with cancer and her funeral will take place in January.
During the war Miss Beckett worked as a draughtsman for the Navy department based at Eastbourne College and carried out top secret work for the admirality drawing up detailed plans of unique devices.
In later years, she enjoyed a love of art and was one of the original members of the Calligraphy group at Community Wise in Old Town.
Miss Beckett was also a member of the Upperton Conservatives and her colleague and life-long friend Grace Fletcher said, “Antonia and I shared a common interest in local history. She was extremely well versed in the detailed history of houses, roads, schools, personalities and past and present residents of her beloved town of Eastbourne.”
Fellow artist Jill Mercer said, “Antonia was a clever and very gifted artist specialising in water colours of local scenery.”
Neighbour and friend Janet Teagut said, “She was an enchanting person with magic in her soul and in her fingers which produced beautiful art work and lettering. She was loyal and generous and a beautiful teller of stories and history. Antonia was passionate about the history of Eastbourne and preserving its heritage.”
Miss Beckett’s funeral will take place on January 7 at noon at Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church in Grange Road, Eastbourne.