Much-loved former Lewes rector dies after brief illness

Martin Sully
Martin Sully
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Martin Sully, Rector of St John sub Castro Church in Lewes from 2001 to 2009, has died at the age of 69 after a brief illness.

He had been living at Pembury in Kent, where he had moved on retirement, and leaves his wife Wendy and their three children, Tim, Miriam and Naomi.

Martin was originally a surveyor, and on ordination became curate at Lindfield before first becoming Rector of Walberton in West Sussex and then Rector of St John’s. 

He was remembered as a kindly and caring person, and was much-loved in the parish.

In retirement he and Wendy became part-time Associate Chaplains at Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre near Battle. There will be a Thanksgiving Service for his life at Christ Church, High Street, Tunbridge Wells, tomorrow (Saturday) at 4pm.

Martin’s final day as Rector of St John’s was recorded on the Christian website Ship of Fools where the ‘Mystery Worshiper’ attended the 8am Holy Communion service. A stranger to the congregation, he wrote: “The Rev Sully came out to light the candles and, upon spotting me, came down to shake hands, say hello and ask my name.”