Tributes paid to man “who made the world a better place”

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Friends and colleagues of Fred Bayliss have described him as a “truly good man” who “made the world a better place”.

Julian Bell, artist and family friend, said: “I know for certain he has made the world a better place; he was everything one means by a truly good man - effectively good with his powerful mind. He was also great fun to talk to. His mind was not just full of good judgment but open and explorative and ever inquisitive.”

Mike Turner, former Mayor and Councillor, added: “Fred was a gentleman and a scholar, a good companion and a wonderful gardener.

“I was chair of governors at Pells CE School and when a vacancy for a governor came up, I asked Fred if he would take it on. He was pleased to do so and was most effective.

“I also was able to conscript Fred onto the committee of Lewes Library Friends where his common sense and straight-talking helped us reach the conclusion that the Friends’ work was done – the new library was built, we had raised over £80,000 for books and equipment, the county council was most supportive of the library service and the managers were able to promote events themselves.”

Christine Murphy, former librarian, said: “It was a privilege and a pleasure to have known Fred. His lively mind and genuine love of his fellow men was evident whenever I spoke to him. He was a great champion of public libraries and was always wise, cheerful and positive.”

Lewes resident and founder of SculptureCo, Paul Myles, also said: “Fred was a breath of fresh air in Lewes. His clear- sightedness was underpinned by a warm intelligence.”

Sophia Harvey , audience development manager for Library and Information Services at East Sussex County Council, said: “Fred was a committed and thoughtful contributor. He had a delightful wit and turn of phrase, which charmed many. He brought out the best in each member.”

See www.sussexexpress.co.uk for Mr Bayliss’s obituary.

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