Tributes to ‘much-loved’ Emsworth clerk Barry Mann

Barry Mann
Barry Mann

THE widow of Emsworth man Barry Mann has paid tribute to a ‘devoted husband, father and grandfather’.

Mr Mann was clerk at both Funtington and Chidham and Hambrook parish councils for a great many years.

He died on Sunday, May 3 at the age of 82.

His widow Joy Mann told the Observer: “He was a devoted husband to me for 40 years, father to Simon and grandfather to Amelie.

“He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.”

Mr Mann was also a long-standing member of Emsworth Methodist Church.

He died when he was struck by a train at Emsworth railway station.

British Transport Police confirmed at the time of his death they were not treating it as suspicious, and an inquest has been opened and adjourned.

Mr Mann was clerk at Funtington Parish Council for more than 25 years.

A statement on its website said: “It is with great sadness that we 
have to report the death of Barry Mann who had been the clerk of the parish council for many years until his unexpected demise on May 3.

“Barry will be sorely missed by all the councillors who relied on him for his efficiency, good judgement and detailed memory of parish council affairs for many years past.

“Our condolences go 
out to his widow, Joy, and 
to his family.”

Mr Mann was also the clerk at Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council for 19 years.

Chairman Cliff Archer said: “He was a superb clerk, very dedicated to his work and showed a genuine interest in the parish.

“I got to know him 
over many years and 
looked upon him as a personal friend.

“He was much-loved in the parish, and the parish council is considering how best to commemorate his fine work.”

There will be a memorial service at Emsworth Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 10 at 2.30pm.

We incorrectly stated in the Observer newspapers that the service would take place on June 8, but it will take place on June 10. We apologise for the error.