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RIP - Rupert A J Simmons (SHR, 66-71)

17 Apr 2023
Written by Huw Richards
OBs Remembered
Rupert A J Simmons (SHR, 66-71)
Rupert A J Simmons (SHR, 66-71)

Rupert Alexander James Simmons: School House Red, 1966 - 1971

Born 12th March 1953 - Died 17th April, 2023

Councillor Rupert Simmons, who represented the Heathfield and Mayfield division and served as an East Sussex County Council cabinet member responsible for economy, died on Monday, April 17.

Paying tribute to his friend and colleague, council leader Keith Glazier said: “Rupert was a respected member of this council, who brought a wealth of experience and worked tirelessly to represent his community, as well as the interests of businesses across the county in his role as lead member.

After Christ College were he played 1st XI Crcket and 2nd XV Rugby, Cllr Simmons graduated from Reading University with an honours degree in estate management before embarking on a “colourful and varied” career which took him around the globe. 

His working life began in Surrey where he practiced as a chartered surveyor before deciding to travel around Europe.

He settled in Oslo where he worked in an advertising business before moving to Vienna where he set up a music business. 

Following his success, he moved to Connecticut in the USA to recreate the business.

Cllr Simmons’s interest in politics was sparked when he worked in the Democrat Presidential campaign team for vice-presidential candidate Walter Mondale in 1984.

Returning to the UK, he worked at London Weekend Television before joining the Observer Newspaper where he rose to be management executive and became publisher of the Colour Supplement. 

In 1989 he became a partner and published the Investment Trusts Magazine.

After moving to Waldron in 1990, Cllr Simmons soon became involved in local politics and served his community for a quarter of a century having been elected to Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council in 1997, Wealden District Council in 1999 and East Sussex County Council in 2001.

In his own division, Cllr Simmons chaired the Heathfield Partnership Trust for 20 years and was well known and well-respected among residents.

Outside politics, Cllr Simmons was an avid Liverpool FC fan and an enthusiastic follower of American football.  He had a love of jazz music and an extensive record collection.



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