Poignant service held for former Havant councillor

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A POIGNANT service took place to remember a former councillor who has died.

Friends of Hugh Benzie gathered at the Pastoral Centre in Emsworth to listen to a recording of his funeral and share memories.

Mr Benzie, who was a councillor for St Faith’s Ward in Havant for eight years, died at the age of 87 in Tavistock, Devon, where he moved three years ago from Emsworth.

Friend Ray Cobbett said: ‘The audio-visual presentations featured contributions from Mr Benzie’s family and friends and the Emsworth congregation joined in the hymns.’

Aside from the last two of Hugh Benzie’s 87 years, his life was one of constant leadership whether as an RAF officer, headteacher at a Portsmouth school, lay preacher for Emsworth Methodist, local councillor and borough alderman.’

Mr Cobbett added: ‘Hugh was that rarest of people who combined intellectual energy with deep compassion and great generosity of spirit.’

The service was attended by Havant’s deputy mayor, Cllr Faith Ponsonby.