paid to Burnham-On-Sea charity fundraiser Arthur Gilbert MBE
have been paid to a Burnham-On-Sea pensioner who has died this
week after many years of charity fundraising.
Gilbert, who received an MBE for his charity fundraising and was
named the world's oldest triathlete four years ago, passed away
on Friday evening at the age of 94.
have been paid to him from friends, family and supporters across
the Burnham area.
Mayor Michael Clarke told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "What a sad
loss of a truly inspirational man. To have achieved so much especially
in later life is a wonderful guide for us all."
grandaughter, Natalie, said: "I have lost one of the most
important men in my life, after a long and difficult week... he
was a true inspiration and my hero. He will be missed by everyone
but led an incredible life and we are extremely proud to have
known him. Thank you to everyone for their support."
Cox Conklin at Burnham Swim and Sports Academy said: "Arthur
was a wonderful, multi-talented man who will be greatly missed.
He was more than just a friend to Sara and me - he was an inspiration
to everyone at the Academy."
Beale of Burnham Harriers running club, where Arthur was treasurer
for several years, added: "Arthur was always a real gent
and was always so enthusiastic in helping with our races. He was
always a very dependenable person and will be much missed."
friend who knew him well, Mike Gardner, added: "I trained
with Arthur for many years and he was such a super guy - really
dedicated and so friendly. He will be greatly missed."
completed his last triathlon in Burnham in 2013 and was named
world's oldest tiathlete in 2011.
in 2008, we reported how Prince
Charles presented Arthur Gilbert with an MBE in the New Year's
first got into sport in the 1970s when he began cycling to work
each day between Burnham and Weston, and took on triathlons for
charities including the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research.
completing his final triathlon in Burnham and, below, with family
and friends outside burnham Swim & Sports Academy