Tribute to John Lee

Tribute to John Lee

Bexhill Association of Independent Councillors owes a huge debt of gratitude to John Lee who passed away on October 4th 2015. He was one of the founder members of the AIC after the 2011 local elections.

I had the privilege of serving alongside John representing Collington Ward for 3 years. He was a very hard working Councillor who worked tirelessly on behalf of his Ward. When John was informed that a resident had suffered an injustice, he would pursue the matter to the bitter end on their behalf.

He was a vehement critic of the shelters on West Parade which initially prompted him to stand as an Independent Councillor at the Local Elections.

He was also a great believer and activist in trying to rectify the lack of democracy in Bexhill. To this end he produced and presented to Rother District Council a minority report outlining the democratic deficits that our Town lacks.

He was instrumental in collecting signatures and presenting a petition to RDC for a Local Governance Review.

John was also a founder and Chairman of Save Our Seafront and of the Bexhill Alliance.

He was an exceptional orator who spoke decisively and knowledgably on all subjects that he had researched.

My fondest memories were of his army anecdotes which he recounted after dinner on many occasions, especially after a glass or two of red wine.

He had a wicked sense of humour which he demonstrated after running the Hastings half marathon with his son and grandson in aid of St Michaels Hospice. He told me that he named the trio the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

He was a perfect gentleman and an inspiration, and was respected by all involved with the AIC. He will be greatly missed.

Tony Mansi