Tributes after sudden death of town detective

Former Eastbourne detective Peter White
Former Eastbourne detective Peter White

Tributes have been paid to former Eastbourne CID chief Peter White.

Mr White was 65 and died from a lung disorder on May 1 at St Wilfrid’s Hospice where he was being treated for the condition.

His funeral was held recently and attended by family and friends from Eastbourne and his native Dorset as well as former colleagues from Sussex Police.

His wife Claire led the tributes to Mr White, a former Detective Inspector.

She said, “Peter was a wonderful, loving and caring husband to me and a devoted father to our children Nikola and Peter. He was totally besotted with our grandchildren James, Elsie and Ivy.

“He was such a lovely interesting man to be in the company of, a real character who was kind and generous.”

Mr White was recovering from a hip replacement operation earlier this year when he started having breathing problems.

He was treated at the DGH and moved to St Wilfrid’s Hospice to try and bring the condition under control but died in the early hours of May 1.

Mr White joined the Dorset Constabulary in 1968 and transferred to Sussex Police in the 1980s.

Claire said, “He loved his time in the police and long after his retirement would have wonderful stories and anecdotes that would bring a smile to our faces.

“After he retired in October 1996 his passion for bridge, water colour painting and fly fishing kept him busy.

“His love for Spain and our holidays there will live on in my family’s memories.”

Friend and former CID colleague Dave Hopkins said, “Peter became a valued member of Eastbourne CID when he arrived in September 1982 as a detective sergeant from Littlehampton.

“He joined up with the select team of Andy Heard, Mick Harris, Bob Casey and myself and we helped guide him to know Eastbourne, the good and bad points. At this time Eastbourne CID regularly provided the best detection of Sussex Police and Peter was sure the mode continued.

“He became one of the real characters in and around Eastbourne as well as in the office, being thoroughly professional in all of his duties.

“Many people, colleagues, friends, acquaintances as well as offenders will have stories of Peter, the majority with happy memories.”

Mr White moved from Eastbourne CID and headed up the Sussex Police drug unit until he retired in October 1996.

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