Tributes to ‘incredible’ William

William Knott, ever present figure in Fishbourne, who died aged 79 in January 2014. SUS-150302-150615001
William Knott, ever present figure in Fishbourne, who died aged 79 in January 2014. SUS-150302-150615001

TRIBUTES have been paid to ‘incredible’ Fishbourne man William Knott, who died last month aged 79.

Councillors and members of the public stood in silence at the start of last month’s Fishbourne Parish Council meeting to pay their respect.

William moved to Blackboy Lane with wife Helen in 1967 and from then onwards was heavily involved in developing the village.

Council chairman Geoff Hand said: “William’s death came as a shock to all those who knew him because his commitment and energy, despite his long illness, gave an impression of rock-like permanence.

“William helped organise the spectacular Fishbourne Floats for the annual festival in Chichester and also the Fishbourne Fireworks which are still a popular event today. He was an incredible man.

“As a founder member of the FPFA committee, William was involved in the fundraising for the playing field, the development of its sports facilities and the establishment of the Fishbourne Club – all of which were considered by many at the time to be impossible.”

William later became a member of the Fishbourne Book Project Group and then a steering committee member of the Fishbourne Community Project, which devised and planned funding for the Fishbourne Centre, which opened in 2010.

William’s funeral was held at the end of January at a packed St Paul’s Church in Chichester.