The death of councillor Oliver Wingrove on the steps of Arun Civic Centre in Littlehampton on 3 April, 2006, has shocked all who knew him.
Mr Wingrove, 67, was Arun district councillor for Angmering and West Sussex County Council member for Angmering and Findon as well as a cricket player and frequent visitor to the Cayman Islands.
He died suddenly of a suspected heart attack after collapsing on the steps of the civic centre at just before 6pm.
While onlookers tried to help, an ambulance was called and a member of council staff ran to Littlehampton fire station to seek help.
Firefighters attempted to give first aid to Mr Wingrove, who was then taken by ambulance to Worthing Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Arun Council chairman Tony Squires said he was shocked by the news of Mr Wingrove’s death. He had been with him and fellow Arun councillor Ricky Bower during the day on Monday.
The three men had been aboard a boat on the sea off Rustington to scatter the ashes of former Arun chairman Harold Parris, who died on February 28.
Mr Wingrove, who lived in Findon, had been a member of Arun Council since 1991 and was its deputy leader between 1995 and 1997.
He had served on the county council since 2001 and was deputy cabinet member for strategic planning, as well as serving on the health scrutiny select committee and the joint downland and joint eastern Arun local committees.
He was also a member of Littlehampton Harbour Board.