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‘Perfect gentleman’ from Wellingham was passionate about British country life

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The funeral of Sussex philanthropist Ian Voase Askew took place at St Mary the Virgin Church, in Ringmer, on Tuesday.

The supporter of many organisations and charities, particularly country activities, died peacefully at his home in Wellingham, near Lewes, at the age of 92.

He served as High Sheriff of Sussex from 1969 to 1970 and was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant in 1975.

Mr Askew, who won the Military Cross in the Second World War, was devoted to hunting and hounds and was a former joint Master and latterly President of the Southdown and Eridge Hunt.

He was a much loved uncle, great uncle and great great uncle.

The Deputy President of the South of England Agricultural Society, Meg Stroude, who attended the funeral on behalf of the Society, said: “Ian Askew was the perfect gentleman in every way. He was passionate about British country life and was an incredible support to the South of England Agricultural Society over many years.

“As a former President and Vice-Patron of the Society and Patron of the South of England Hound Show, he will be fondly remembered for all the time he dedicated to the Society as well as his great depth of knowledge that he shared so passionately. His generous donations that were so kindly given to the Society over the years helped us move forwards with various projects across the South of England Showground.”

 

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