Published Monday, 16th December 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce that Honorary Alderman John Meech passed away on 14 November.

A photo of Honorary Alderman John MeechPaying tribute, the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Councillor Keith Foreman said: “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Honorary Alderman Meech. 

“His love of sports and the local community will be remembered fondly, especially the many years of devoted service to this Council, Horley Town Council and residents.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.”

Born and raised in Reigate, John Alastair Meech was active in politics for most of his life.

In 1970, at the age of 32, Mr Meech became a Councillor for the then Reigate Borough Council. When it became Reigate & Banstead Borough Council in 1974, Mr Meech remained as a Councillor representing Reigate Central until 1980.

After moving to Horley, he re-joined Reigate & Banstead Borough Council in 1992 to represent Horley East, eventually retiring in 2008. He served as Deputy Mayor of Reigate & Banstead twice, in 2002/3 and 2004/5. He was also a Horley Town Councillor, Vice-Chairman of Horley Town Council and Deputy Town Mayor.

Mr Meech was made an Honorary Alderman by the Borough Council in 2016 for his extensive services to the borough.

As a mark of respect, a minute’s silence was held at Thursday 5 December’s Executive meeting.

The Council has written to Honorary Alderman Meech’s family to offer our condolences at this difficult time.

A Celebration of the Life of John Alastair Meech will be held at St Batholomew’s Church, Horley, on 19 December at 12.30. This will be followed by a reception at the Horley Lawn Tennis Club.

If you’d like to donate to St Catherine’s Hospice in his Memory, please contact Batemans Funeral Directors in Horley.