Tributes paid to ‘Gentleman Jim’ after sudden death

Warm tributes have been paid to a popular Eastbourne businessman who died suddenly at his home last month.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 9:24 am
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Sixty-two-year-old Jimmy Farrell died on Thursday January 30 and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

The Liverpudlian father of two had lived in Eastbourne since the early 1980s and up until last year ran Trimseal in Courtlands Road in the town.

One of a family of 11, Mr Farrell grew up in Kirkby in Merseyside and on leaving school, served as a soldier with the Irish Guards.

He was also one of five brothers who all boxed in their youth.

When one of his sisters moved to Eastbourne, Mr Farrell and many of his other family members – including his parents Stella and Tommy – also moved to the town and after marrying his former wife Mandy, he set up Trimseal in 1988.

The couple have two daughters Yasmin, 30 and 26-year-old Shanice and two grandchildren.

In his early days in Eastbourne he ran The Joey’s football team from St Joseph’s in Whitley Road and he also played for the Rose & Crown football team.

As well as supporting his beloved Liverpool FC, he played golf and was also the captain of Willingdon Golf Club in 2000.

In recent years, he lived in Pevensey Bay and was engaged to his fiancee Louise.

His family said in a statement he was known as ‘Gentleman Jim’ and was a proud family man and grandfather.

They said, “Jimmy loved to do things for other people. He was also the life and soul of every party.

“He loved the banter with everyone. He was very kind and we are all just devastated.”

Mr Farrell’s funeral will be on February 28 at 12pm at Our Lady of Ransom RC Church in Grange Road and be followed by a private committal.