Fresh tributes have poured in over the weekend for former Eastbourne mayor Beryl healy who died after becoming trapped under her car in a freak accident last week.
Mrs Healy, 79, was crushed by her car as she unloaded her shopping outside her home in Pococks Road on the Rodmill estate on Thursday lunchtime.
She was airlifted to hospital at Brighton but died.
Mrs Healy, a widow, was a prominent politician, a former councillor on both Eastbourne and East Sussex councils, a Samaritan and prolific Liberal Democrat campaigner.
She was hugely popular and worked tirelessly behind the scenes for Eastbourne.
Becky Shaw, East Sussex County Council chief executive, said, “Beryl Healey was a very well-respected and well-liked member of the council.
“She was someone who cared passionately about this area and worked tirelessly to represent her constituents in Eastbourne during a 17-year term as county councillor.
“We were very saddened to hear of her death and on behalf of everyone at the council I’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to her family.”
The Samaritans organisation also issued a statement.
Fiona Malcolm, the charity’s deputy chief executive, said, “Beryl was an exceptional volunteer. For more than eight years she was a listening volunteer with Eastbourne branch, and her compassion and resilience were hugely valued by everyone who knew her. She was a great ambassador for the branch, taking part in street collections and outreach work and never missing an opportunity to raise awareness of the vital work Samaritans does.
“We will all miss her and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time.”
Former Lib Dem Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said Mrs Healy, a former nurse at the DGH and Seaside Medical Centre, was a “force of nature; a wonderful, wonderful woman and one of the best friends I have ever had throughout my political journey”.
“I loved her dearly,” said Mr Lloyd.
Chairman of East Sussex Fire Authority, Phil Howson said, “Beryl Healy served as a well respected member of the Fire Authority for many years and was a great supporter of East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. We are very sad to hear of the news of her death and our condolences go out to Beryl’s family and friends.”
On Facebook and social media people have been posting tributes.
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