A POPULAR council officer who poured his passion for the town into some of its best-loved events has died aged 51.
Steve Potter passed away on Wednesday after a long illness. Educated at Hastings Grammar School and then Sussex University, he was well-known in town for his work with Hastings Borough Council (HBC) and was one of the brains behind the Seafood and Wine festival, which has grown to attract 40,000 visitors every autumn.
He was also involved with helping the fishing industry, Jack-in-the-Green, Fat Tuesday and a host of other projects.
Mr Potter’s best friend Dean Morrison, speaking on behalf of the family, said: “He was an unsung hero in the town - many of the best-loved events only happened because of people like Steve who was pedalling furiously under the surface doing all the practical things that make them possible.
“He had lots of creative ideas and the passion and energy to see them through without looking for any credit at all.
“We would all like to thank the staff at the Conquest Hospital intensive care unit. The care and compassion they showed Steve was unbelievable.”
Mr Potter had been in hospital for several weeks and friends on his Facebook site had been willing him to pull through. Many left tributes when the sad news of his death broke on this week.
Lorna Kenward wrote: “One in a million doesn’t quite cut it. A wonderful man who will leave a large hole in everyone’s lives.”
Mr Potter was great friends with Keith Faulkner and the pair worked on many events together before Keith’s death in December.
Monica Adams-Acton, Steve’s manager at HBC, said: “He was a really genuine person who brought people together and was always there to support other colleagues.
“Everybody here is shattered - our thoughts are with his family.”
He is survived by his partner Ellie and three children.