Tributes to locksmith and charity worker Andy

andy anderson seaford locksmith
andy anderson seaford locksmith

The funeral of a well known Seaford locksmith, who had been working in the town for more than 30 years, was held at St Leonard’s Church in Seaford on Friday May 24.

Andy Anderson, who opened County Hardware in the town, passed away peacefully on Friday May 10, aged 80, with his wife of 51 years, Barbara, by his side.

He was born on June 9, 1932 in Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, London.

As a young boy he was always at youth clubs, played ice hockey at Wembley and was a competitive cyclist, regularly cycling from London to Brighton and back for training.

After the war he completed his national service in Egypt, and very soon had a team of motor mechanics working beneath him.

He built his own Land Rover out of spare parts and fitted his car with a metal loop over the occupants to deflect metal wires strung across the road intended to decapitate.

When he returned to civilian life he worked at Mathew Hall as a chemical engineer with 22 draftsmen working for him.

He then worked weekends at a local hardware store to gain experience before moving to Seaford in 1964 and opening County Hardware, which later included a tool hire service.

He also opened a Brighton branch called County Tools, before selling up and concentrating on the locksmithing side of the business.

He sold the shop in 1988 and continued as a locksmith, running the business from home, as well as serving on the Crime Prevention Panel.

In 1969 his wife Barbara gave birth to twins Greg and Geraldine at Eastbourne Hospital.

His son Greg said, “As the hospital only had one incubator and as we were premature, we had to share this.

“Dad, who was an active member of Seaford and Newhaven Round Table, subsequently instigated the raising of funds to buy the hospital another incubator.

“This was the start to his charity work during which he raised many thousands of pounds via race nights that he ran in Seaford for Rotary and in Alfriston for the Cricket Club and other charity events.

“He loved his work as a locksmith and loved the community that Seaford had to offer. He was very pleased that I took over his locksmith business.

“It’s a great tribute to my father that virtually every customer knows him and all have wonderful memories to share.”

Greg described him as larger than life, adding that nothing was ever a problem for him. He said his Dad always wanted to solve any problem that came his way.

Andy was involved in the twinning of Seaford and Bonningstedt for ten years and was heavily involved with the Rotary Christmas Sleigh.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, two children and five grandchildren.

His funeral was held at St Leonard’s Church in Seaford on Friday May 24.

Andy had been battling leukaemia and suffered a major stoke on Easter Saturday.