Founder of Jewish Congregation had time for everyone

Andrew Jay
Andrew Jay

TRIBUTES have been paid to the co-founder of the Eastbourne’s Progressive Jewish Congregation who passed away last week at the age of 63.

Andrew Jay was chairman and lay reader of the congregation, chairman of Eastbourne Ratepayers Association, ex-chairman of Age Concern Eastbourne, Founder of Langney Point Neighbourhood Watch and a senior Freemason.

Andrew has been described as a man of integrity who had a ‘sunny disposition’.

He died suddenly in the early hours of last Friday morning (December 16).

Andrew and his wife Angela moved to Eastbourne in 1995, and he never regretted moving to the south coast.

His wife Angela said, “Since coming to Eastbourne Andrew worked tirelessly in the community impressing all he met with his integrity, strength of character, sunny disposition and a willingness at all times to help when he could.

“Wherever he went in Eastbourne you could guarantee that he would meet somebody who knew him.

“Despite a disability he suffered at birth as a result of a forceps delivery, Andrew lived life to the full, overcoming most obstacles along the path.”

Andrew’s funeral will take place on Friday, December 23, at Langney Cemetery at 1.30pm.

The service will be led by Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism and Rabbi Harry Jacobi.

The family have requested no flowers. Anyone wishing to make a donation should do so through Rosedale Funeral Services, Grove Road, to St. Wilfrid’s Hospice in Andrew’s name.

Angela added, “Andrew will be deeply missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.”