Seaford Cricket Club and Golf Club mourn death of stalwart Phil
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He passed away at Eastbourne District General Hospital on October 18 after a short illness.
Phil, as he was generally known, was a loyal and keen enthusiast of everything he took up, but topping the sporting lists were cricket and golf; on arriving in East Sussex in the mid-70s the first thing he did was to join Seaford Cricket Club.
Indeed, as one member observed, ‘He was the cricket club.’ He led the team that rebuilt the pavilion which bears his name. He was its Chairman for a number of years, but when he lost his vision after sepsis five years ago he resigned only to be appointed President.
He regularly took his sons from his first marriage, Andrew and Matthew, and his wife Rosemary’s younger son Christopher to Lords.
A keen golfer, it wasn’t long before he had joined Seaford Golf Club – and was still playing this year. He was also its Secretary for a number of years.
Phil had a degree in economics, his first job being in the marketing department of the former Milk Marketing Board. He came to East Sussex in the mid-70s from Billericay, Essex, having taken a job at Artex in Newhaven after being employed by a sister company in London.
Promoted to Managing Director in 1980, he headed up the company until redundancy following company restructuring and a subsequent buyout in the 90s. Until illness forced his retirement he co-launched a successful consultancy business and frequently worked with golf clubs around the UK.
Formerly living in Billericay, he went to South Heighton, then moved to Grosvenor Road with Rosemary and her three children, Simon, Christopher and Annalise. Phil and Rosemary married in 1982 and eventually made a house in Rother Road their home.
It was there that their much loved extended family came for visits and to celebrate Christmas, and where there was always a tremendous welcome to their many friends, not only local but from all over the UK and abroad, often met on holidays and ‘adopted’ into the Court family.
Phil and Rosemary were married for 41 years. Besides his two sons he leaves a total of nine grandchildren from his and Rosemary’s combined families and three brothers and a sister.
The funeral takes place at Eastbourne Crematorium on November 17.