Hundreds attend funeral for Honorary Freeman of Seaford Don Mabey

More than 300 people turned out for the funeral of Honorary Freeman of Seaford Don Mabey this week.

Standard bearers from the Royal Air Forces Association, the Seahaven branch of the Royal Society of St George, Seaford and Newhaven sea cadets and Canadian veterans attended, who braved heavy rain outside the church.

Don Mabey's funeral, Seaford

Don Mabey's funeral, Seaford

The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field joined Don’s family and friends, representatives of Seaford Head Golf Club and the Royal Society of St George at the service.

Councillors also attended the service at St Leonard’s Church in Seaford on Tuesday January Tuesday 7.

Amongst them were Seaford mayor Anthony White, deputy Seaford mayor Mark Brown, town councillor Linda Wallraven, district councillors Tony Nicholson and Steve Saunders, as well as the mayor of Newhaven Julie Carr.

The chaplain of the Royal Society of St George and the secretary of Seaford Golf Course Richard Andrews gave an address.

Honorary Freeman of Seaford Laurie Holland who attended said: “There were over 300 people there.

“It was a very good turnout and shows how well he was recognised in the town. I think Don would have been delighted.”

After the service people were invited to St Leonard’s Church Hall for refreshments.

Don, died aged 92 on Wednesday December 18.

In 1940 he volunteered for the RAF and in 1941 he was accepted for training as a wireless operator/air gunner.

He flew 82 operations and left the RAF as a Warrant Officer First Class.

Don joined RAFA in 1947 and was a founder member of the Oxted and Limpsfield Branch.

After he moved to Seaford in 1986 he joined the Seahaven Branch RAFA, where he went on to serve as president.

He was also president of Seaford Head Golf Club and the Royal Society of St George.

In 2012 he was made a Freeman of Seaford along with Laurie Holland and in 2013 he was awarded a MBE in the New Year’s Honours lists.

He was presented with his award by the Queen, for the outstanding contribution that he made to the Royal Air Forces Association Wings Appeal and his dedication to serving the local community.

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