Emotional tributes are being paid to a restaurant owner who has died.

Sue Addis ran Donatello’s Italian restaurant in The Lanes and the Pinocchio restaurant in New Road.

She was also a prominent charity fundraiser, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for various charities. 

The body of the 69-year-old grandmother was found at her home in Withdean on Thursday night.

The Argus: Sue Addis (pictured left) at a charity event in Brighton Sue Addis (pictured left) at a charity event in Brighton

Police launched a murder inquiry and a 17-year-old boy known to her was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Earlier today, The Argus opened an online book of condolence to bring together tributes.

In a time when loved ones cannot gather together and pay their respects in person, this online book of condolence will act as a way for families and friends to virtually pay tribute.

Anyone who would like to pay tribute or offer their condolences is invited to leave a message on this page.

To add your own contribution, click the red 'Add your contribution now' button below.

There may be a slight delay in your messages appearing on the page as they must first be approved by Argus staff.

Here are some of the tributes left by you:

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Lynne Rimmer

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Was so sorry to hear the awful news about Sue. Sending lots of love to Leo, Stef, Mikele and family. Thinking of you all xxx

Steve Whiting

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Such a terrible shock to hear of the death of Sue. Having been a supplier to Sue at Donatello for many years I always found her warm and kind. I know that she will be sadly missed in the community.

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The secondary school headteachers of the city are devastated to hear news of Sue Addis's tragic death. Sue was a prominent fundraiser for numerous charities and was hugely supportive to local schools and her presence and friendship will be sorely missed. Sue's generosity and hospitality has touched the lives of thousands of students, from team meals spent at Donatello to her generous donations as well. Her passion and drive to help others has undoubtedly had an impact on the many students over the years throughout the city. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go to the family at this difficult time.

Sir Peter Field (submitted by Roger French on his behalf)

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I had the pleasure of knowing Sue Addis since the mid to late 1970’s when she and Pietro ran the Market Wine Bar next to my office in Market Street on the edge of the Lanes. In those days the lanes area was a small village with our own postman, our own milkman and even our own local vicar – Holy trinity Church (now Fabrica) in Ship Street. Sue was always passionate about the Lanes and many will attest to her battles to preserve and invigorate their unique character, at the same time she fought to keep them (and the city) economically vibrant. She was an astute business woman who really understood the hospitality marketplace and over the years, mostly in a very quiet way, she supported many charitable and voluntary cause she has felt equally passionate about. I particularly admired her support and concern for the homeless and lonely where for many years she supplied meals and comfort through a HALO group in Kemp Town. At the same time she supported many homeless facing charities like Brighton Housing Trust. Sadly, the whole city of Brighton & Hove have lost a dear friend and a totally committed supporter. She really was a pillar of our local community and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this very sad time. Peter Field Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex

Nigel Andrew Mules

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We first met Sue many years ago on holiday in Sardinia. Since then we have always kept in touch and we are so shocked and saddened by what has happened to this lovely, fun loving lady. We will all miss her. The Mules family.

Ken & Asta Childerhouse

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Sue Addis has given great service to the City which we hope in due course will be formally recognised. Numerous organisations; large and small, have been recipients of her generosity and support. she brought an infectious warmth and enthusiasm to a wide range of individual and community activities. These personal characteristics shared by her family helped to create the inclusive and vibrant atmosphere of her restaurants. Over the last thirty years our family has enjoyed the hospitality of Donatello's ( with occasional lapses tp Pinocchio's). A table would be found on our regular Friday evening visits.There was always a warm welcome- - especially for our grandchildren - from Robert on the door and Leo behind the counter. From time to time Sue herself would appear always with a ready smile and time for a few words of recognition and welcome. Service and enthusiasm were her watchwords. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten. From one family to another we extend our deepest sympathy to Leo, Stefano and Mikele.

Laura Harding

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I didn't know Sue Addis personally but have met her at Brighton Racecourse many times and eaten in the family restaurant. The community has lost a well loved kind hearted lady who has touched the lives of many, Brighton's own "Lady Diana". My thoughts are with the family who must be in turmoil to lose such a wonderful person so tragically.

DIANA AZZARONE.

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So very sad to hear of the sudden and tragic death of Sue, thinking of her family at this terrible time.

MARTIN DENNY

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Such a sad thing for the city, always had warm welcome and good food. A long time supporter of the albion as well through all the difficult times in the past. My thoughts are with her family, she will be missed

Lukasz Bielawa

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Sue was a very special woman and she will be missed by many. I used to work at her restaurant and loved chatting with her. Sending prayers to the family.

Ken & Asta Childerhouse

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Sue Addis has given great service to the City which we hope in due course will be formerly recognised. Numerous organisations, large and small, have been recipient of her generosity and support. She brought an infectious warmth and enthusiasm to a wide range of individual and community activities. These personal characteristics shared by her family helped create the inclusive and vibrant atmosphere in her restaurant. Over the last 30 years our family has enjoyed the hospitality of Donatello’s (with occasional lapses to Pinocchio’s). A table would be found on our regular Friday evening visit. Ther was always a warm welcome - especially for our grandchildren - from Robert at the door and Leo behind the counter. From time to time Sue herself always with a smile and time for a few words of recognition and welcome. Service and enthusiasm were her watchwords. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten. From one family to another we extend our deepest sympathy to Leo, Stefano and Mikele

Ken & Asta Childerhouse

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Sue Addis has given great service to the City which we hope in due course will be formerly recognised. Numerous organisations, large and small, have been recipient of her generosity and support. She brought an infectious warmth and enthusiasm to a wide range of individual and community activities. These personal characteristics shared by her family helped create the inclusive and vibrant atmosphere in her restaurant. Over the last 30 years our family has enjoyed the hospitality of Donatello’s (with occasional lapses to Pinocchio’s). A table would be found on our regular Friday evening visit. Ther was always a warm welcome - especially for our grandchildren - from Robert at the door and Leo behind the counter. From time to time Sue herself always with a smile and time for a few words of recognition and welcome. Service and enthusiasm were her watchwords. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten. From one family to another we extend our deepest sympathy to Leo, Stefano and Mikele

Derek Turpin

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Sue through her Generosity to H A L O a Charity day Centre Ran by Irene Parry (Deceased) fed many Homeless people and Provided a Christmas Dinner for the Homeless. A Generous, Kind,Compassionate, Free Spirited "Lady" I am so glad to have met on many occasions! Sad that She has gone much too soon RIP Sue my Condolences to your Family and many Friends. Derek Turpin

Derek Turpin
Roger F Hamer

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A sad loss to all.

Nigel Andrew Mules

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We first met Sue many years ago on holiday in Sardinia and have always stayed in touch since. We are absolutely devastated by the tragic loss of this lovely, warm hearted and fun loving lady. we will miss her greatly and send our heartfelt condolences to the boys and their families. With love Ann, Andy, Sally and Daniel Mules

Valeriu Chironda

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My Condolences to Sue,I can discribe her as a lovely Lady, with Va big heart, always supportive and understanding,so sad ,she did not deserve that by any means,my heart goes to the family!Xxxxx

Phil Graves

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So very sad to hear of Sue's death. She was a very generous lady who helped numerous charities and a stalwart of the Argus Appeal. I have known both Sue and Pietro for over 30 years during which they both became part of the City culture. RIP Sue.

Jenny Cuer-Greene

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During my 17 years at Vanity Box in Brighton Square I took great pleasure in participating in many of the charity fundraising events that Sue organised. She was a true legend always happy to stop for a chat. She will be sadly missed, one of Brighton’s great ambassadors.

Ken and Asta Childerhouse

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Sue Addis has given great service to the City which we hope will be formally recognised in due course. Numerous organisations have been recipients of her generosity and support. We have enjoyed eating at Donatellos ( with occasional lapses to Pinocchio) for over 30 years. A table would always be found for our regular Friday evening visit, with a warm welcome from R overt at the door and Leo behind the counter. A welcome that was especially warm when we arrived with our grand children in tow. From time to time Sue herself would appear with a ready smile and kind words of recognition and welcome. She will be sorely missed by many and our deepest sympathy goes out to Leo, Stefano and Mikele.

Frances Lindsay-Hills

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Sue was a great asset to Brighton. I had a lot of dealings with her in my business. She was always helpfull and her restaurants offered brilliant value for money and made every customer feel welcome. She was an inspiration.

Dick Knight

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Sue holds a special place in my heart, because she became a great friend of mine – and the Albion – when I persuaded her to become my first shirt sponsor back in 1997. I’ll never forget her kindness, understanding and support for the club at the time we needed it most. She knew how important the club was in this community – and that it must survive. She was so proud to see the Donatello name on the front of the Albion shirt. She’s been the club’s and my friend ever since. As a governor of Dorothy Stringer School and a former trustee of Martlets Hospice, I am also so grateful for Sue’s marvellous fundraising efforts for those organisations, and well aware of her vast amount of other charity work in our city over the years. She will be a huge loss to the community. I send my deepest sympathy to Pietro, Leo, Mikele and Stefano

Chris Bowers, on behalf of the Social Liberal Forum

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We in the Social Liberal Forum are shocked not just at Sue's loss but at the violent way in which it happened. Truly a double-tragedy. We held dinners at Donatello's during the Liberal Democrat conference, and she was always very quick to grasp what we needed and was extremely helpful over accommodating our members with mobility handicaps. When Covid is tamed and we can meet in groups again, we would love to come back to Donatello's and have another dinner where we can toast Sue's memory.

Arthur spence

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A true pillar of the community a lovely lady such a sad loss

Liza Tong

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On behalf of Peacehaven based volunteers of the Marina Drive soup run for homeless people we offer our deepest condolences to Sue’s family and friends. We will be forever grateful for the hugely generous and thoughtful support Sue, through Donatellos provided to the homeless community of Brighton. This support was not just a once off gift but we were able to provide soup to - at times over 30 people a night for over 20 years, every single day. Donatellos never failed to provide this hugely important meal, which was often the only time some of our homeless community would be able to access hot food. Remarkable and inspirational was the way in which Donatellos have never made their generosity to charity public, or used this for their own benefit. There is truly another angel in heaven, rest in peace Sue

William St John Barry

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Sue what a truly lovely lady warm wise compassionate, combining bringing up your boys with building up your wonderful restaurants, you did so much to help anyone and everyone an Brighton has now in such tragic circumstances lost a very loved friend and a much respected lady. You will be missed by so many and I sincerely hope that given the passage of time the council and the community will find a suitable way to commemorate your long tireless history of support for the Arts and even more importantly for the vulnerable and marginalised in our beloved Brighton. God bless you Sue.

David Rumack

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Very upsetting to hear of this tragic incident. Thoughts are with her family and friends. May her memory be a blessing to all that knew her.

Pippa knowles

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So shocked and appalled at the loss of such a lovely lady. We met Sue early when we opened our shop in the Lanes 14 years ago and she was such a delightful and friendly lady. Brighton is missing one of its truly genuine people who did so much to support charities. Rest in peace

Jo Goddard

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Sue, you were the best kind of Brightonian, kind and generous, with time for so many causes. You were an example to us all. I hope your family can somehow come through this dreadful time. My thoughts are with you.

Michael and Diana Wilkins

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Can’t believe you have gone Sue. Brighton has lost a wonderful character and we’ve lost a great friend. God bless you Sue.

Alan Sanders

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Everyone at the Russell Martin Foundation is shocked and saddened to hear the devastating news about Sue. She was instrumental in helping us set up the Extra Time Project which is based on helping 11-13 year old Brighton & Hove students who find mainstream education challenging. Her main focus was always to help others in any way she could. Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends

Lesley Frost.

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So sorry to hear this very sad news. R.I.P. Sue. X Condolences to the family.

David Kinsey

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I done a lot of painting for sue and her sons including her new kitchen at home which she was so in love with, such a warm friendly person that anyone would have been proud to have as theyre mum always had a smile on her face an always brightened your day when you spoke to her. Such a shame something so bad should happen to such a lovely kind person. she will be sadly missed by so many.

Annabelle Doyle

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It’s with such sadness writing this, Sue, you will be so missed, the Lanes will not be the same without you. You have always been such a driving force for the Lanes and have organised so much. You have worked so hard raising money and helping others. I have such great memories eating at Donatellos with my family that I have also passed on to my own children, especially at Christmas time when it’s always been so magical. This year was even more special for everyone with the covid outbreak, we were always greeted with a smile. Rest in peace Sue you will never be forgotten x

Julien Boast

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My heart goes out to Sue’s sons Leo, Stef & Mikele with their family and close friends. It’s impossible to think of a world without Sue Addis. She was a dear friend to Andrew and me with many fun and laughter memories over the years. Her charity work was legendary, but she did much more than we all knew, privately without a public gaze. We’re heartbroken to lose such a dear, dear friend.

Michelle Collins

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I am so shocked and saddened to hear this tragic news about Sue. I have been friends with Pietro, Sue and the boys for many many years. My heart goes out to all of you. She was an incredible lady and this is big loss to her family, to all the staff and to the people of Brighton whom she loved.

Imma Villanueva & Mauro Ferreira

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Rest in peace Sue. We had many happy memories at Donatello’s and she had a beautiful bright heart. Our deepest condolences to Sue’s family from Spain 🇪🇸

Tom & Annita Sanders

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Thinking of all the family at this time....Sue will be sadly missed...xx

Louise Bridgland

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My thoughts are with the family at this very sad time . Donatello’s has been one of our favourite restaurants for many years .

Annabelle Doyle

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It’s with such sadness writing this, Sue, you will be so missed, the Lanes will not be the same without you. You have always been such a driving force for the Lanes and have organised so much. You have worked so hard raising money and helping others. I have such great memories eating at Donatellos with my family that I have also passed on to my own children, especially at Christmas time when it’s always been so magical. This year was even more special for everyone with the covid outbreak, we were always greeted with a smile. Rest in peace Sue you will never be forgotten x

Ian & Ruth Steedman, Worthing

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We are missing you already. Rest in Peace.

Ed Allison-Wright

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This is such sad news. Sue was an incredibly hardworking and dedicated person. She was one of the most influential members of the business community, especially in the Lanes, achieving so much good for Brighton & Hove. I'll always have fond memories of Sue, from birthday parties in the restaurants when I was much younger, to working closely with her and colleagues on regeneration projects in Brighton Lanes. Her gregarious character and unwavering commitment to the community will be sorely missed by all - my thoughts are with her family and loved ones.

Dawn Sweeney

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I am deeply shocked and saddened at the dreadful news of Sue’s passing in such shocking circumstances. I had the privilege of working closely with Sue during my time in Brighton as Chair of The Argus Appeal . She went out of her way to welcome me into the Brighton business family. She was a generous and thoughtful lady with a big heart. A deep loss to everyone who knew or came into contact with her. My condolences to her family and friends. RIP Sue

Emma parmenter

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Such sad news. Thinking of the family.and friends of this lady x

Karl Heyman

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So sad to hear. Even though I live in Oz, I have many strong positive memories of Sue and the support she gave to improving our environment. Whether it be through supporting charities, fundraising or brightening up the city centre with her hanging baskets through Brighton & Hove in Bloom (where we both worked together on this). She will be sorely missed by me and many others.

Stephen Cowdry

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RIP, Sue. Thank you for everything that you and your family did in Brighton - especially for your support for the Albion in some of our darkest days. We will never forget you and will always support Donatello!

Tijana Topalovic Best

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I am very saddened by these news and this lady leaving us in such a cruel way. When I was 22 years old, this was just over 15 years ago, I met Sue Addis as one of the patrons of the Theatre Royal Brighton. To me - Sue Addis was an absolute legend of a human, she was a supporter of the arts and theatres and projects in Brighton. Silent supporter all around. She was an inspiration, strong ‘old school’, independent, strict, business like (respect worthy fully🙏🏻) and sharp woman, but simultaneously sophisticated, and rich but extremely approachable and down to earth person too. I remember one time at the TRB, when the sold out ‘Traces’ performed, the touring company founder (cool dude) challenged me to get the ATG to pay for the dinner (not just after-show/cast drinks) for performers (they will be famished and want food, not drinks after show). I went to the Pinocchio's and Sue was there. She saw the show the night before (press/members night), and when I told her about the challenge, she didn’t even blink, she just said bring them all in. So I did. I did sign a bill for the food (as the TRB/ATG had an ongoing tab) and drinks after Sue left. The ATG, or the the Royal never got charged for that eve. She just probably just ripped that receipt... She did more stuff like that when I was present many of times. ... Mrs Sue Addis, she always treated people around her like, well persons and actual people. At least I always had that impression (and a gut feeling too) about her. Thank you for being a bright spark in the influential and powerful sea of Brighton, and for not shying away from being just one of us too. My honest condolences to Pieter and her sons, as well as to the family and friends. May the ground above be light, and the sky on a hands reach. May your soul travel peacefully. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Victoria Garcia

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Really shocked and deeply saddened by the news. She was incredibly generous, deeply caring and considerably kind. On top of that she was great fun too. A truly great Brightonian who did so much for so many within the community. Some publicly known but generally she very quietly helped and supported so many people, multiple groups and organisations. I can't believe she has gone. Deepest condolences and respect to all the family.

Jan Doyle / The Doyle Family.

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A true lovely lady of The Lanes and Donatello’s who has done so much for charity and was a huge part of Brighton god bless you Sue 💜

Sharon Bourne

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Sue Addis... rip sadly missed

Corinne and Robert Blass

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Such a tragic incident and a great loss not just to her family but to the town and various charities that she supported.Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time

Fr Jerome, Archbishop of Selsey

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Sue was an incredible ambassador for the City’s business community and a great supporter of the City’s voluntary and charity sector. Personal testimonies to her generosity of spirit as well as her incredible fundraising will be her lasting and exemplary legacy for our city community and for the Donatello family name. A great host, a tour de force for positivism and action, a supporter of those who give of their time, talent and money for good causes, Sue will be greatly missed by us all. May she Rest In Peace.

Chris and Rich

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This is truly so very tragic, words fail reading this. I'm sure pretty much anyone from E and W Sussex have visited at least once and enjoyed a lovely time at either restaurant. So many have benefited from Sue's charitable work too. A truly sad loss for her loved ones, Brighton and all who came to know or meet her.

Suzanne Clement

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So sad to hear of Sue's death. Visited Donatello's many times when living in the UK. Now in NZ and rad the Argus everyday. RIP - tragic news.

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I remember meeting Sue in 2014 when she very kindly let me exhibit my paintings at Donatello's. She then very generously offered to buy three of them, one of Pinocchio's and a couple of Donatello; a percentage of the proceeds went to BHT as Sue was always a great supporter of local charities. I remember her as a very kind, helpful and nothing was too much trouble sort of person and extremely hardworking. I feel honoured to have met her. The news comes as a terrible shock and my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time.

Paul Samrah

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Such awful shocking news. Sue was a great friend to the Albion, to Charity, to local business and to the City. Warm, friendly and smiling - the City, BHAFC & its supporters will never forget you, thank you Sue Addis - the City has lost a generous lady.

Sharon Buttimer Davey

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Saddened to hear this, deepest condolences to the whole family, Sharon and Family

stephanie anne hike

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Always a smile, welcoming and a warmth - you took to her straight away.....i loved eating at her restaurants...a very sad loss to Brighton and the community....family in mhy thoughts.

Kate morlen

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Sue made me laugh out loud. Her vulnerability hidden, the honest, generous, smart, kind , courageous woman. Strong, gentle, savvy and brilliant person

Heather Wright

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I am saddened,sickened and so upset to hear what has happened to Sue,I haven’t seen her for a long time,but she was a person you would never forget.We worked together for many years in Pietro and Sue’s first restaurant,the Market Wine House.Sue was an inspiration,especially for us working mums,juggling home and work,she was respected by everyone,and she had such a fun side to her and a wicked sense of humour.She was a true Matriarch,and her family meant everything to her, boys were her world and she was a fantastic mother above all else.I am so so sorry Leo, Stef and Mikele,I send heartfelt love to all of you and your own families at this tragic time and I’m sure you all have your Mums strength to help you through .There are no words left ,she was an amazing lady who will never be forgotten XXX

Becky

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So shocked and saddened to read this :( I worked for Sue and Piertro when they had The Market Wine bar in the Lanes many years ago and they were friends of my dads. She did so much for charity locally and was incredibly hard working . Love and strength to her family at this very sad time xx

Paul white

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Did not know her long ,she was a very nice person my heart goes out to her family and work colleges.

ANN and TERRY CUNNINGHAM

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Have known Sue for thirty years such a lovely lady our thoughts are with the family

Jenny Watts

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A delightful, friendly lady who contributed so much to Brighton & Hove. With her husband she created a local institution & will be sorely missed. Condolences to her family.

Mrs.Barbara De Martiis

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Terrible sad news.Deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all the Addis family 💔

David Lionel Scott

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So sorry Pierrot what a dreadful shock my condolences with much love to you and the family x From David Scott x

North Laine Community Association

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We are shocked and saddened to hear of Sue Addis's death. She was a kind and long time supporter of North Laine Commuity nity Association, advertising in our magazine (always offering a discount voucher for Pinocchio's) and contoibuting many raffle prizes of meals for our fundraising events.

Gary Elphick

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We are deeply shocked & saddened of the news that Sue has lost her life. We have been fortunate to work for Sue for thirty years, a person that was so genuine, honest & loyal. Our thoughts at this tough time go out to her family. Rest in peace Ashe from all at G&S Mechanical Services Ltd.

Clare Jackson

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Our heartfelt thoughts are with your family and friends. Donatellos has always been a place as a family we have celebrated the highs and lows of life for over 20 years. Sue may be gone but she will not be forgotten for all her hard work and dedication for supporting local charities and giving Brighton with a true Family restaurant.

Angi Mariani

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Sue was one of the most generous and loyal people and she had a true warmth and humour. She was a longstanding and loyal client and friend to many on our team. We all feel shocked and saddened at this terrible news. She gave so much to the city and will be hugely missed by all. Our hearts go out to her family and close friends.

Dominique Davey

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Such terribly sad news, Sue was a really good, decent person who always had a smile for everyone, you will be sorely missed, much love and condolences to your family x

Michael pert

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A very special lady and did a lot for the community, condolences to the family such a shame

Steve Piper

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I got to know Sue as a supporter of The Argus Christmas Appeal charity I was manager of the Brighton Centre and the Ice Show supported her work. She always had such generosity of spirit and was always pleased to see you. I last saw Sue a couple of years ago having not seen her for while & was greeted as a long lost friend. She will be missed by the city & her support of the local charities and arts, my thoughts are with her family.

Julia Peckham

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Shocked and saddened with the tragic news. Sue was a generous and special lady. Thank you for all you did to raise funds and awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.iIt was an honour to know you.Thank you. Julia Peckham Association Visitor for the MNDA.

Jan Selwyn Davis

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An amazing caring person!

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How truly sad. Thoughts are with your loved ones at this horrendous time. RIP Xx

Rachel Hadfield

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Sue will be such a huge loss to the family, the community, business, charities and Brighton as a whole. Not many have such a positive impact. Above all, Sue was a great person to be around.Thoughts with the family.

Laura Rogers

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We had many happy memories at Pinocchio’s and Donatello’s and Sue was always welcoming to our family. A very sad loss. Our thoughts are with her family.

John & Gill O'Sullivan

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Stunned to hear such shocking news. Not met for a while, but so fondly remembered by all my family.

Andrew Comben

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Sue was an amazingly warm-hearted woman with an incredible ability to get things done. Sue was a loyal patron of Brighton Dome & Festival and a generous supporter of the arts and charities right across the city. Everyone at Brighton Dome & Festival is shocked and saddened at this tragic news and send our deepest condolences to Sue’s family.

Cosme damian Vitoria gomez

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All my condolences to the Addis family. She had a beautiful bright heart.

David and Jeane Lepper. Both former Mayors and Councillors. David - former MP for Brighton Pavilion.

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We were shocked and saddened to hear of Sue's death. For over 30 years she has been such a vital part of the city's life working for local charities, especially those working with homeless people, for the Albion, the Festival and much more.Nothing was ever too much for Sue. Every Mayor will have been grateful for her support for their charity appeals, organising events and inspiring others. A warm and generous person, Sue will be missed by so many.

Michelle Saunders

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My thoughts go out to you and your family and friends , Rip lovely Lady xx

Nick Ford

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Our thoughts are with Sue's family, friends and staff at this most tragic of times. We will raise a glass to her memory when we are next together at Pinocchio's. Your boys from the Brighton Gay Men's Chorus. You will be very much missed.

patgoode2009@live .come.uk

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Very sad news,Sue was a very kind and generous lady RIP lovely lady

Pat Goode
Yvonne Roche

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Condolences to the family 💔

Paul Fowler.

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So so sad this has happened to a lovely lady whom i worked with on Argus Appeal & Btn Festival events over the years, never phased always a delight, A big loss to all, Thanks Sue xxxx

Julia Holder

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Such sad news. She was a big supporter of the Dolphin House Christmas charity raffle when I used to organise it. So friendly and helpful. RIP Sue x

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Sue was Brighton. Such a generous woman. My thoughts are with her family. I will not forget you.

Patrick Wallace

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Terrible news. I’ve known Sue from the time that the old St Anne's Day building was closed after an arson attack and Sue offered to provide the Souprun with their minestrone every evening thereafter, which continued until the March 2020 Covid lockdown. And she’s been a friend of St Anne’s for even longer, paying for much of our kitchen equipment when we moved after the fire, providing feasts for our special St Anne’s days every summer and Christmas. Unbelievable thing to happen to such a wonderful person. Please pray for her and her family.

Tim Herbert

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RIP, Sue. I never met you but I often ate in Donatellos when I visited Brighton. Thanks for everything you did to help the Albion and the wider community. Love to all your family and friends x

Graham Franks

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Always loved working with you Sue, thoughts are now with your family. Graham Franks

Julia Chanteray

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Incredibly saddened to hear this, Brighton and Hove will not be the same without Sue

Cllr Nick Childs

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I was so very sad to hear about the passing of Sue. Sue did so much for our city in terms of her and Pietro's great business and her significant charity work. This news still feels unreal and I know that many will feel as shocked as I do. My thoughts and prayers are with Sue's family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

Tim Slater

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Goodbye Lovely Sue, I’m so shocked & saddened to hear that you are no longer with us a friend for 30yrs, I remember the opening of Pinocchios when I was managing the Theatre Royal & going to the launch & becoming friends from then on, we were regulars with cast members after the show so many happy times, you will be so missed a kind caring lady today is a very sad day...

Kahina Bouhassane, Chair, Brighton & Hove Green Party

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All of us at Brighton & Hove Green Party are in shock. Sue was a huge figure in the local community. Her entrepreneurial spirit and her incredible support for local good causes seem irreplaceable. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this incredibly hard time.

Julian Caddy, CEO, Brighton Fringe

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We are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic death of Sue Addis. She has been a friend and supporter of Brighton Fringe, as well as a great number other charities across the city for many years. She was an incredibly warm and generous person and we'll miss her greatly. On behalf of all at Brighton Fringe, I would like to send our deepest condolences to her family at this difficult time.

Michelle Wright

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😞RIP Sue Addis 🙏🏻 lots of fond childhood memories from when you owned The Market Wine House and my mum worked there for many years, babysitting your boys and a lovely holiday with you in Sardinia many many moons ago. She did so much for charity and the Brighton community , thinking of all her family and friends , another angel gained their wings too early 💟

IAN WILSON

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My wife and I have known Sue for over 40 years when we and many other lawyers frequented the Market Wine Bar. She was always a welcoming restaurateur and very good at it. She had great sense of humour and a lovely throaty laugh. A great loss to the community. Our thoughts are with Pietro and her sons

adelle quinn

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I'm so sad to hear about the death of Sue, I am a frequent customer of donatello and have been for years. She truly was an amazing woman I hope the angels guide her and may she rest in peace

Karen mallett

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Im so sorry to hear the sad news,your be greatly missedxx

Community contributor

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What a terrible loss to Brighton and to her family.She did such good work for numerous charities and presided over a lovely happy restaurante.It wont be the same without her.She didnt deserve to go this way.

Nicola Davies

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On behalf of everyone at RISE, Brighton & Hove's domestic abuse charity, I'd like to offer our heartfelt condolences to Sue's family. Sue has kindly supported us and championed our cause for many years, and it's wonderful to read about her many contributions to make this City a better place, and know how many lives she touched.

Alan Wares

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Awful news. This has genuinely shocked me. Everyone in Brighton knows Donatello's, and every Albion fan of a certain vintage will know of their ongoing support for the club. Donatello's is a much 'Brighton' as the Palace Pier and the Pavilion. When I first approached her about doing the Guy Butters Appreciation do, she couldn't do enough for us. By her own admission, she didn't know anything about football - "oh, I leave that to the boys...', but her generosity of time and spirit helped the evening go very smoothly. Sue was a massive part of the Brighton business scene for more years than I can remember, and this is a sad day for the city Brighton & Hove.

Caroline Lucas MP

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I'm so shocked and saddened to hear the devastating news of Sue's death. So many in Brighton will be heartbroken - she was such a special presence in the city, her passion for this place and its people was infectious, and her kindness legendary. She'll be hugely missed. My love and thoughts are with her family and all who knew and loved her.

Ann O'Keife

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Fly high, Rest well.

Verity & Paul Craig

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We are so shocked and saddened to hear this tragic news. Sue was a great pioneer in our industry, who did so much for charity, and was a lovely lady to know. Above all that she did though, her family was her everything, and our thoughts are with them all at this sad time. Rest in peace dear Sue.

Nancy Platts on behalf of the Labour Group of Councillors

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It is with great shock and sadness that we have learnt of the death of Sue Addis. Sue was a lovely woman who was always so welcoming and for whom nothing was too much trouble. She hosted us for many events ensuring everyone had the best of Italian food and hospitality. She was an inspiring businesswoman and her restaurant at the centre of our City is also at the centre of our community; an inclusive and vibrant place that truly reflects the very essence of Brighton & Hove. Sue raised thousands of pounds for charities and contributed to many good causes over the years. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who must be heartbroken.

Joana silva

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RIP boss 😓

MARC Montoya Castro

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An inspiration to us all xxx

Graham and Pauline Davis

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Pauline and I are so very sorry and deeply upset by the sad death of Sue. We have been using Donatello's for over 30 years and it's our place of comfort and happiness. RIP Graham xxx

Jane Buckle

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A lovely hardworking lady, who will be a great loss to the city

Florence Edwards

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My deepest sympathies to Sue’s family. This is so sad. I remember that Sue was so helpful when offering free food for one of our community events at work. On a personal level, I have many happy memories eating at her restaurants, with the lovely family atmosphere. It is a great loss and so very very sad for her family, friends and customers.

Sharon Thacker

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Sending love and strength, to the whole extended Addis family, at this shocking and terrible loss of Sue. What a wonderful, kind, generous lady, who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Sue, your act of kindness, above and beyond, towards my family on Christmas Eve 2020, I will never forget and I'm just so very sad, that we will never get to see you again. The World will be a much poorer place, without you. God bless you and rest in eternal peace xxxxx

Community contributor

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Devastated to hear this tragic news. Sue was a truly wonderful person. We have many happy memories of time spent together. Huge sympathy to the family.

Community contributor

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Devastated to hear this tragic news. Sue was a truly wonderful person. We have many happy memories of time spent together. Huge sympathy to the family.

Siobhan Ryan

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I had numerous conversations with Sue when I was the Argus health reporter. Her support for the paper's official charity was second to none but she also threw her support behind many other drives and campaigns. I am so sad and sorry this has happened.

Community contributor

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Sue had Brighton and it’s people in her heart, so sad.

Chestnut Tree House

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We are all incredibly shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news about Sue Addis. Sue has been a great supporter of Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice for many years, helping the charity in various ways – from holding fundraising events to helping behind the scenes. She was an inspirational individual at the heart of the Brighton community, and will be greatly missed. On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House, our thoughts remain with Sue’s family and friends.

Charles Miller

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So sad condolences to the whole family, I worked at several functions were Sue was involved,and always found her a terrific worker for charity. RIP Sue.

Suzanne

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The true LADY of Brighton - a genuine, generous and a true champion of the community and everyone in need, in addition to being an established successful business woman. My condolences to all her family.

Gavin Stewart - Brighton BID

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We are devastated by this terrible news. Sue was a much loved member of our local business community here in Brighton and did so much for so many. She will be very sorely missed and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad, sad time.

Ruth Augilera

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I’m deeply saddened to hear the news about Sue Addis. It was Sue who offered me my first gig when I moved to Brighton. It was a charity event for suicide awareness and I was really glad I could be a part of it. After that Sue kept me in mind for future gigs and I have some lovely memories of singing at Donatello’s. I am so shocked that someone could be so evil to such a kind soul. Sue really was a lovely, warm hearted lady. My heart goes out to all her family and friends. Sending you lots of love and strength xxx

Donatello Ladies

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We are so sad to hear this news. Eight of us called ourselves the Donatello Ladies and have been lunching there for over 25 years. Will miss Sue's presence and our thoughts are with the Family RIP

Simon Fanshawe

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I just loved Sue. Funny, gregarious and so generous. Whenever there was a charity that needed money or a campaign for the city that needed support Sue was the one to ask. How many glasses of Prosecco have I drunk with Sue plotting and planning! She gave the restaurant its feel of warmth, welcome and incredible success. Love to her sons Leo, Stefano and Mikele and their families. This is a huge loss for Brighton, but a far larger one for them. There is a terrible Sue shaped hole left in Brighton.

Lesley-Anne Brennan and Kerry Brennan
Zoe thornton

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I’m so sorry for the family of Sue she was an extremely kind and caring lady who I knew for many years from my days working at the theatre royal my thoughts are with her boys sending you all lots of love and hugs

Gian Luca Albertoli

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My sincere condolences.

Christopher Pett

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This is desperately sad and shocking news. She was a delightful person, full of humanity and a real live wire. I’d known her and Pietro from halcyon days back in the Market Wine House - of blessed memory and long before Donatello, Pinocchio et al were conceived. She’ll be hugely missed but not forgotten. Heartfelt condolences to the boys and their families. Chris and Vicki.

John Baldock

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Sue was an incredible person and something of a Brighton institution. She was a huge supporter of the arts and a regular at Theatre Royal Brighton which is how we met. This terribly sad news is quite unbelievable and Sue will be missed more than words can say. Our condolences and love go to her family and friends.

Dr Glynn Jones OBE, DL

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I knew Sue Addis both personally and professionally for over 30 years and found her to be a wonderfully warm and generous person .She worked tirelessly for the Cities Charities and often used her restaurant to host her fundraising events. She was extremely generous not only in terms of the donations she personally gave to the many charities she supported but also the time she spent supporting people less fortunate than herself. She supported many Mayoral Charities in the City and was widely loved and respected by the wide range of people whose lives she touched. If Sue was attending a reception or fundraising meeting there would always be a sparkle in her eye and she radiated vitality which was infectious. She was also a wonderful wife and mother.With her tragic death, the City has lost some of its sparkle and humanity.Dr Glynn Jones former Chief Executive of Brighton and Hove City Council

Peter Arthur Woodman

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Awful news. We loved dining at Donatello. R.I.P. Sue.

David Sewell

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What a lovely lady who helped start and continued to run one of Brighton & Hove’s business success stories. Family was what Sue was about leaving such a legacy. Always willing to have a chat about trade and what was happening in Brighton. Led her families restaurant businesses from the front with hard work providing so many jobs for her family. Sue will be missed by many across the whole of the City.

Michael King

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I have known Sue for 43years, so shocked and share my tears with all that knew her. My deepest thoughts are with her family and friends

Denise Taylor

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It has been the most awful thing imaginable to hear about this tragedy. Sue was an amazing loyal friend and we hope her family take comfort knowing how much she loved them. She was the first to support good causes in the city and has been generous beyond belief to so many charities. We were proud to call her a friend and she has been a great part of our lives for over 25 years. We will miss her dreadfully. Our thoughts are with her family at this distressing time. Stephen and Denise Taylor

David & Kate Miller (ex Tottington Manor)

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We are shocked and saddened to read of this tragic event. We have known Sue for many years, always a huge smile and a big welcome in Donatello’s and she welcomed our son into her family. The city has lost a vey fine lady

Roger French

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Sue was the most kind hearted and generous people I had the pleasure of working with as a fellow Trustee of The Argus Appeal charity for almost 20 years. She always wanted to help people in need and as a business person she was one of the most community and charity-minded people in the city - if not the most. A terrible and tragic loss. I’m totally shocked at losing such a good person, colleague and friend

Kerry Mayo

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I’m absolutely devastated by this news! I’ve known Sue and her family for more than 25 years and regularly eat at Donatello’s with my family and friends. We are always welcomed by Sue and her boys with the biggest smiles when we arrive. We have done lots of charity and football related events in the past and I have many fond memories of Sue. She was so kind and loving to all who knew her. Sue will be missed immensely by all and our thoughts are with Sue’s family during these sad times.

Ronald Frank JEFFERY

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A wonderful lady who has supported our town and then city of Brighton over many, many years. Not only with her business but her work for local charities. My thoughts are with her family with whom she ran her business. Brighton will miss her so much.

Cllr Dan Yates

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Sue was such an integral part of the city’s lifeblood. Her work supporting the business community and our communities as a whole will never be forgotten. My love and deepest condolences to the whole family and all of her friends and colleagues.

Irene Wise

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So shocked to hear this tragic news. Sue was a wonderful person whom I've know since she and Pietro opened their first restaurant. Always willing to support charities I was involved with. My sincere condolences to her boys, grandchildren and family. Rest In Peace

Gareth Griffiths

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Sue was a lovely person with a heart of gold.

Andrew Kay

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I am beyond shock that anyone could do such a terrible thing to such an amazing woman. Sue was extraordinary, a brilliant business woman of course but beyond that she was kindness itself, always fun to be with, a passionate fundraiser for local charities, a supporter of the arts, in particular dance and the festival, and a fabulous mother not just to her own children but to her loyal staff. The city is a far poorer place for this terrible loss.

Steve Lowe

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Rest in peace Sue, i worked with Sue on many Argus Appeal events when i worked in Brighton, including the time she gave over the old Correction house, part of the Donetello building to allow The Argus Appeal to create a charity grotto. an icon local business leader, huge charity supporter and even though i left the city in 2008 to work elsewhere, i was shocked today to see such sad news.

Mark Woolley

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I am so shocked and saddened to hear this tragic news. Sue was so helpful and supportive to me, when i can to Brighton and opened my business 'Electric hairdressing' in Ship street in 2001. Sue had great community spirit, and was passionate about local business in Brighton. She was an inspirational lady who had built a hugely successful business, and supported her city, as so many local causes. She will be sadly missed. Rest in Peace Sue.

Sally Brighton

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I am so shocked and saddened to hear this tragic news. Sue was such a vital part of our Brighton community and a huge supporter of local charities.I worked with Sue on many fundraising ventures and am devastated to hear of her tragic and untimely death. My thoughts and best wishes go out to all her family and friends. .

Ben and Joanna Miller

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We are so shocked and heartbroken to hear this tragic news. We send all of our love and thoughts to the family.

Community contributor

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Such a wonderful lady, who will be greatly missed. My father was lucky to have know Sue during this time as "Father Christmas" for the Santa appeal. My thoughts are with all Sue's family and Friends.