Tribute to art tutor who inspired thousands of students in the area

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A FELPHAM man has paid tribute to his late father who inspired thousands of the area’s art students.

Tony Lane, of Lionel Avenue, said his father, Bill Lane, had taught two generations of pupils.

Bill passed away on Boxing Day aged 80. All those who wish to celebrate his life with his surviving family of three children and six grandchildren are welcome to attend a service in his memory at Town Cross Avenue on January 17 at 10am.

Bill studied fine art and art design at Hornsey College of Art in North London beforefirst taught at a school in Ilford in Essex. He moved to the then Westloats Lane School in Bognor Regis for five years from 1960.

This was followed by 38 years at Chichester College.

Tony said: “By all accounts, he was a remarkable teacher of art at Westloats Lane. While at Chichester College, he introduced beauty therapy. He became the head of art and beauty therapy at the college for the following 38 years.”

Bill retired to Lionel Avenue. He went into a Horsham home in about 2012.

“As well as being busy in his professional life, he found time to create – soon to be unveiled – works of art. His unique style and use of colour will no doubt confirm his phenomenal knowledge of his subject,” said Tony, “and will no doubt receive recognition.”