Tributes paid to ‘exceptional’ man who was Hailsham councillor

Cllr Bryan Burchmore has died aged 79
Cllr Bryan Burchmore has died aged 79

Tributes have been paid to a Hailsham town councillor who has died at the age of 79.

Cllr Bryan Burchmore died at Eastbourne General Hospital in the early hours of April 30 after suffering from cancer.

Hailsham Town Council said Cllr Burchmore was a well liked and active member of the local community. He was elected as a Hailsham independent in May 2007 and represented Hailsham South and West ward. He served until 2011 and was subsequently voted in at the by-election which took place in November 2012. Cllr Burchmore served on a number of committees, including the town council’s former Environment and Leisure Committee, of which he was chairman from May 2008 to May 2010.

He was Deputy Town Mayor and Vice-Chairman of Hailsham Town Council from May 2010 to May 2011.

Town mayor Cllr Jo Bentley offered her condolences on behalf of Hailsham Town Council. She said: “Cllr Burchmore was a respected town councillor and cared passionately about Hailsham and the people in it. I wish to record my deep appreciation of Bryan’s work as town councillor in recent years, his approachability, his kind nature, and not least his positive outlook on things. He will be sadly missed by town council members, officers and the wider community.”

John Harrison, town clerk, said: “I can only add to the many wonderful messages which have already circulated about Cllr Burchmore - this is such a huge loss for Hailsham and for everyone who knew him. Members and officers of Hailsham Town Council would like to extend their heartfelt sympathies to Bryan’s wife of 19 years and family members.”

Fellow town councillor Geoff Rowe, a long-term friend of Cllr Burchmore’s, said: “Bryan was an exceptional man with a heart of gold. I will miss his ideas, his humour, his friendship and perhaps most of all his ability to always look on the bright side of life. It was a pleasure to work with him on the council as he was extremely dedicated and committed to Hailsham. We have lost someone who has made a significant contribution to the life and well-being of the community in which he lived.”

Friends are welcome to attend the funeral service at the Eastbourne Crematorium on Thursday (May 15) at 11.30am. Flowers from family members only. Donations to Raystede Animal Sanctuary c/o Hailsham Funeral Services.