Tributes paid to long-serving lollipop man

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Tributes have been paid to a popular Eastbourne lollipop man who died during the summer holidays.

Joao Andrade had worked as the school crossing patrol man outside St Thomas a Becket infant and junior schools for 14 years.

He suffered a brain haemorrhage in August and died at the DGH surrounded by his family.

Born in Madeira, Mr Andrade worked as a radio controller in the Army in Madeira, in Jersey and Hastings before settling in Eastbourne in 1966 with his wife Eulalia, son Miguel and daughter Rita.

He worked at Bird’s Eye in Lottbridge Drove until it closed down, then worked at Chaseley Home as an auxiliary nurse before starting work as a lollipop man at St Thomas a Becket when his grandson Antonio was a pupil there

He had four grandchildren who went to the school and although they moved on to St Richards’s Catholic College in Bexhill, he remained at St Thomas a Becket and was a familiar figure in all weathers stopping traffic along the busy road so the children could cross on their way to and from school.

Mr Andrade’s daughter Rita Wingrove said, “My father thoroughly enjoyed all the children and interacting with the parents. A lot of the parents would rely on him for the weather forecast when crossing.”

She said her father was also a keen gardener and enjoyed DIY.

“You could always find him in his shed, his ‘second home’ as the family called it,” said Rita. “The family joke was that he should have his own letterbox on the door.

“Each of his four grandchildren practically grew up in there, when they visited.”

He was very proud of his four grandchildren, Antonio, 18, Francisco, 17, Giorgio, 15, and 13-year-old Luccia. The grandchildren saw him practically everyday of their lives.