Civil servant who earned CBE loses fight for life

A LIFELONG civil servant who worked at the British Museum and House of Commons earning a CBE for his dedication has lost his brave fight for life.

Brian Wilson, of Gilbert Road, St Leonards died aged 74 at the Conquest Hospital last month after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Bexhill-born Mr Wilson worked throughout his life as a civil servant in London.

He joined the British Museum in 1981.

In 1988 he moved to the British Museum where he worked his way up to the role of head of administration.

He later moved to the House of Commons where he became head of establishment in charge of personnel and administration.

During the 1950s he met his wife Maura and the couple went on to have three children before moving to St Leonards in 1968.

Mr Wilson retired in 2000 and volunteered as a driver with the Hastings and Rother Association for the Blind.

He was also a keen golfer and was a member of Cooden Beach Golf Club where he went on to become club captain in 2002.

He also became club president and chairman.

Mr Wilson also had a passion for horse racing and bought a share in the syndicate that owned Harrycone Lewis which won several races over the jumps.

He was also regularly seen down at Bexhill United’s football ground where he was a keen fan.

Daughter Sue Squires said: “Dad will be sadly missed and remembered for his great sense of humour, compassion and love of life.

“As well as his family he leaves behind a great number of friends who will sorely miss his company. The highlight of every year was our family holiday where we all went aaway together.

“He was also paricularly fond of our retriever Millie. He started an annual dog show at Cooden Beach as part of his captain’s year activities.”

Mr Wilson’s funeral service will take place today at Hastings Crematorium starting at 12.30pm.