Adur councillors last night paid tribute to two former leading lights who represented their communities on the authority.
Robert Dunn and Christopher Kemp were both first elected as members to Adur District Council in the 1980s and served for many years.
The contribution of both was marked with a minutes silence at a meeting of Full Council last night, with the family of both men attending in the public gallery.
Council leader Neil Parkin paid tribute to both for their long service adding he had known them for a long time.
He described how Robert Dunn, who was leader of Adur in the 1980s, was the man who persuaded him to take part in local politics after knocking on his door.
Cllr Parkin said: "We often joked that he went door-knocking with a feather as he was so quiet when canvassing!"
He added: "Bob was a great teacher of politics – I learned a lot from him – and he also played a tremendous role in his local community. He will be missed"
Cllr Pat Beresford, who first served with Mr Kemp on the council in the 1980s, said the former history teacher at Lancing College was a "lovely lovely man".
Cllr Beresford added: "Chris was perhaps the most eloquent speaker this council has ever had. He had such a clever way with words and was subtle in how he spoke that sometimes you were halfway home before you realised he had done you up!"