Friends and family of John Rankin have paid tribute to the former mayor of Chichester after he died on Saturday June 18 aged 91.
Described as a loving father and grandfather, Mr Rankin served on the city, district and county councils over a period of 35 years, including two terms as city mayor.
A minute’s silence was held at a meeting of Chichester City Council on Wednesday June 22 in his memory and a funeral service is planned at Chichester Cathedral on July 1.
His daughters Fiona Blyth and Catherine Rankin wrote: “Our father was very special: he loved us so much and us girls (no longer girls any more!) were always indulged. He led by example and showed us how to follow the right path in life.
“He had a strong faith and was committed to many causes, not least the community of Chichester.”
Born on August 27 1924, Mr Rankin first came to the city while serving in the navy during World War Two. The family moved to Chichester in 1969 and John took up a position as a senior lecturer of RE at Bishop Otter College.
He served as a Chichester councillor for the Liberal Democrats for more than three decades and at one time held the office of city, district and county councillor simultaneously.
His contribution as mayor in 1986 included setting up the council’s civic awards scheme to honour those who give of themselves for the good of the city. He was elected as Mayor of Chichester for a second time in 1991.
Source - Chichester Observer