John Hodges – a community champion

Hastings and Rye Labour Party is very sad to announce the death of our colleague and friend Councillor John Hodges.

He served the town as a borough councillor for Old Hastings ward (Old Town and Clive Vale), and as a county councillor in the division of St. Helens and Silverhill.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We’ll miss you, John.

Peter Chowney, Labour leader of Hastings Borough Council said,

“I’m very sad to hear of the death of John today. He’d lived and worked in Hastings most of his life, and was well respected in the local business community especially, and had worked hard to bring new manufacturing businesses to Hastings. As a scientist, he was especially keen to promote the specialist high-tech photonics sector we have in Hastings, and was the creator of the TEC66 trade fairs. But most of all, he was a good friend and comrade, a tireless campaigner for regeneration and economic equality, who dedicated his life to improving the town he loved. My thoughts are with his wife, children and grandchildren, but I shall miss him so much.”

Cllr Dawn Poole, John’s co-councillor in Old Hastings ward, said,

“John was a hardworking Councillor whose commitment to Hastings was unquestionable. His socialist principles were at the forefront of everything he did as he sought to make Hastings a place where everyone could have the same opportunities in life. A close family man my thoughts are with Denise and his family who I know will be devastated by his passing.”