Tributes to former Eastbourne police chief

Graham Lindfield died while on holiday
Graham Lindfield died while on holiday

Tributes have flooded in for a former Eastbourne police inspector who died suddenly while on holiday in Crete.

Graham Lindfield suffered a heart attack in the Crete fishing town of Elounda on June 27. He was 66.

His funeral was held at Eastbourne Crematorium and family, friends and scores of fellow former police officers said a fond farewell to Graham, whose “glass was always half full, never half empty”.

Graham started as a police cadet in 1965, worked across Sussex and worked his way up through the ranks of police sergeant and inspector. He married his wife Sandra in 1970 and the couple had a daughter Gemma.

He moved to Eastbourne and during his time there, organised the funeral of assassinated Eastbourne MP Ian Gow.

He had also previously led a group of officers from Eastbourne to help cover the miners’ strike.

He retired in 1997 but was at the forefront of the campaign for a refuge for women and children in Sussex as the very first civilian victim services officer. He finally retired two days before his 65th birthday.

Graham was well known throughout the force for being a caring compassionate police officer. At his funeral, celebrant Steve Isted said Graham liked to be hands on in his police career and said, “There was never such a dedicated, caring and considerate police officer and a man as Graham. He truly was one of a kind who will be missed by his loving family and his very many friends.”

PC Trevor Perks said, “Graham was my first guv’nor, never one to be anything other than firm but fair and who was always larger than life. Rest in peace, sir, your shift is done. And it was a long one, and well executed.”

At home, as well as spending time with Sandra and barrister Gemma, of whom he was immensely proud, Graham enjoyed fishing and was due to go to Hungary to represent England in the International Police Fishing Competition.

Sandra and Gemma are planning to carry out Graham’s wishes and some of his ashes will be mixed with bait and cast into the water he loved to fish in.

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