The Sussex County FA yesterday added their words of tribute to Peter Bentley.
The SCFA said: “Sussex County FA Chairman Peter Bentley sadly passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning.
“Peter’s involvement with the Sussex County FA started back in 1975 when he was elected to council, and served on various different committees during his time; later, in 2003 being elected as Chairman.
“Earlier this year, following 13 years service to the FA, Peter was presented with Honorary Membership of The FA at a ceremony staged at the Sussex County FA Headquarters.”
Sussex County FA Chief Executive Ken Benham said: “Peter dedicated much of his life to football, Sussex football in particular, operating as both Chairman of the Sussex County FA and Sussex County Football League, along with his role as FA Representative with the FA that was cut short by illness.
“Peter will be sorely missed by so many, a Sussex stalwart for sure, and he fought his illness very bravely and with great dignity to the end, his passing is not only a great loss to Sussex, but football generally.
“By way of respect we would ask that all leagues, clubs, players and match officials consider a minute’s appreciation prior to their up-and-coming fixtures.
“On behalf of the Sussex County FA we send our best wishes to Peter’s wife, Margaret, and all of his family at this sad time.”