Wealden District councillors paid tribute to a former colleague this week, holding a minute’s silence in his memory.
At a full council meeting on Wednesday (November 21), a minute’s silence was held in memory of John ‘Jack’ Gore – a long-serving councillor and former chairman of Wealden District Council.
He passed away in July at the age of 87 after a long bout of illness.
Leading the memorial, the council’s current chairman Cllr Chris Hardy (Con. – Hartfield) said: “It is with sadness that I have to report that John, better known as Jack, Gore, passed away peacefully at his home in Framfield on Tuesday the 24th of July, in the company of his wife Kathy after battling with illness for some considerable time.
“The former councillor for Framfield including Blackboys and Waldron, [Jack] served for 12 years on council. He was first elected in 1995 and served until he had to resign due to ill health in 2007.
“Jack held a number of different roles, including cabinet positions, and was chairman between 2003 and 2005. A very-well attended funeral was held at St Thomas à Becket Church in Framfield on Monday the 6th of August followed by a reception at his home.”
While serving as chairman, the veteran councillor launched the Wealden Community Awards – now known as the Community Volunteer Awards – an annual event highlighting good works within the district.
The 2019 awards are currently accepting nominations.
Huw Oxburgh, Local Democracy Reporting Service