A well-loved councillor

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A memorial service has been held for Ronald Stubbs, former Heathfield district councillor and administration officer for Uckfield Rural District Council who died this month at the age of 84.

Mr Stubbs was born in London, grew up in Guildford and first entered local government as an office boy in the treasurer’s department of Guildford Rural District council. After national service with the Royal Navy, he returned to Guildford RD and Camberley councils before joining Uckfield Rural District Council in 1968 as principal administration officer. He re-entered local politics standing as Conservative candidate for Heathfield in the District Council elections in 1983 after a spell as secretary when Wealden District Council came into being on local government re-organisation in 1974.

Following retirement to the Isle of Wight, he returned to Eastbourne in 2007. He leaves wife Patricia, daughters Kim living in Carcassonne, France and Deborah (wife of Paul Lefort, landlord of The Star, Waldron (who also runs the Waldron Stores,) grandsons, Oliver and James, granddaughters Fleur and Lavinia and two great grandsons, Sebastian and Reuben.