Body of missing Seaford pensioner found

Richard John Wise
Richard John Wise
Share this article

The body of missing Seaford man Richard John Wise has been found on the beach at Camber Sands.

The 77-year-old was last seen at his home in Chichester Road at 3pm on Friday, December 29 and concerns were growing for his safety after strong winds and rain lashed the South coast, combined with the fact the pensioner was on medication for neurological problems.

A walker reported a body on the beach near Rye on the morning of Friday, January 10 and it was later identified as that of Mr Wise. A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Friday (January 17).

Mr Wise’s son, James, paid tribute to the emergency services, search volunteers and the people of Seaford who had all tried to find Mr Wise after he was reported missing.

He said, “They all, each and everyone of them, deserve our family’s thanks for their concern and compassion. They could not have done more to help.”

James Wise also paid tribute to his father, who ran a coach business in Upper Dicker, now based in Hailsham, which he passed on to his son when he retired.

James Wise added, “My father’s main and abiding link with Upper Dicker was the cricket club, which was a huge part of his life.

“A great all-rounder, who taught me to play, he captained the village side and was skipper in 1977 when the club celebrated its tercentenary, records having shown that cricket was played there as far back as 1677.

“The occasion was marked by games against a Sussex XI, led by Tony Greig, the former England captain, and an MCC XI.”

Mr Wise also played cricket for the Army while serving with the military in Hong Kong.

Private funeral arrangements have been made for family members and close friends to celebrate his life.