Tim Loughton MP pays tribute to Worthing Councillor Reg Green
Worthing has lost a dedicated and energetic public servant; the Conservative party has lost a tireless and loyal stalwart and I have lost a great friend and support.
Reg was one of the first people I met when I was first selected for the new constituency of East Worthing & Shoreham back in 1995 and I have worked closely with him and relied on him greatly ever since. At that time he was the only Conservative councillor left in East Worthing but he has always been a ‘doer’ and performed the work of many, and was integral to the Conservative fight back across the constituency. He was always to be seen fighting the corner of residents in his Offington Ward, working with the likes of the Findon Valley Residents’ Association, the Beeches Action Group and many others, whilst he and his wife Doreen threw themselves into campaigns affecting the whole town such as KWASH.
Reg was never slow in coming forward with his views and whether you agreed with them or not he certainly gained the respect of friends and opponents alike for that. He was the most senior member of Worthing Council not to have become Mayor of our town but that was by his choice and he always put his family first. Doreen has been a constant tower of strength at his side and he was always there for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. That was plain for all to see by the way so many of them rallied to his bedside at Worthing Hospital and kept vigil when he was taken ill.
Reg has been a true champion of Worthing, helping countless people in the town which he came to and we are all immeasurably better for his work. Our deepest sympathies go out to Doreen and his whole family at this very sad time.