Community pays tribute to Don Mabey from Seaford, who died aged 92

Tributes have been paid to an inspirational member of the Seaford community who raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Royal Air Forces Association and volunteered with several organisations.

Don Mabey MBE died on Wednesday December 18, aged 92.

He was described as loyal, energetic and possessing a great sense of humour.

Despite being in his nineties, he remained the president of Seaford Head Golf Club and president of the Royal Society of St George.

He had previously been president of Seahaven RAFA and was the founder and president of Oxted and Limpstead branch of RAFA up until August this year.

He was made an Honorary Freeman of Seaford, along with Laurie Holland.

And was made an MBE for his tireless fundraising in aid of the RAFA Wings Appeal.

Mr Mabey, of Upper Sherwood Road, was married to his wife Maeve for 24 years and had two daughters, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A book of condolences was placed at Seaford Town Council offices for people to sign and is now at Seaford Head Golf Club in Southdown Road.

His funeral will be held at 12.30pm on Tuesday January 7 at St Leonard’s Church, in Church Street, Seaford.

In a tribute to Don, his daughters Judy and Sally said: “It is thanks to Maeve, his wife of nearly 25 years, that Dad kept so well and was able to continue in his many pastimes.

“Dad was extremely proud to receive his MBE from the Queen last February, and equally proud to be awarded Honorary Freedom of the Town of Seaford, along with Laurie Holland in September 2012. And we were proud of him.”

They continued: “Blessed with so many great friends, Dad was always looking forward to the next social event on his calendar.

“Right to the last he remained as bright as a button and died peacefully with his family by his side.”

Mrs Mabey said: “We had a wonderful marriage and he really was a kind person.

“It’s unbelievable what people have said about him in the cards.

“He did suffer a lot of illness but he still struggled on. He was a perfect husband.”

Chairman of the Seahaven Branch of The Royal Society of St George, Bob Peedle MBE said: “He was loyal to his friends and especially to any group within which he took an office.”

He added: “The Royal Society of St George will, in common with many other organisations, miss this great English gentleman.”

Honourable secretary of Seaford Head Golf Club, Richard Andrews said: “An optimistic man with vision.

“He was one of life’s true gentleman and will be dearly missed.”

Freeman of Seaford Laurie Holland added: “It has been a great pleasure to be a Freeman of Seaford with such a wonderful gentleman as Don.

“He was such an optimist in his approach to life.

“He was an inspiration. Despite being over the age of 90 he was still full of the joys of spring.”

Leader of Seaford Town Council Ian White said: “Don, with his humour and involvement in many organisations was an inspiration to all who knew him and I personally have lost a good friend.”