BELL LEISURE’S ADAM PALMER was an outstanding man who will be sadly missed.

It has been an extremely tough time for everyone at West Sussex based Bell Leisure following the death of one of the company’s owners, Adam Palmer. Fondly known in the industry as Cheeky Boy, Adam, 45, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August 2020. He died in January.

Adam leaves Zoe, who sometimes worked in the business, and their two boys, Teddy and Bertie. The three remaining company owners, Steve Goldsmith, Paul McMichael and Lawrence Pearce will miss him massively. “What made Ads stand out was infectious smile, the fact he had time for everyone and made everyone feel special,” says Lawrence.

“We are an extremely close team at Bell Leisure and the loss of such a fantastic colleague and boss has hit us all extremely hard.” Adam planned his own funeral service. Over 300 attended, wearing brightly coloured football shirts. The funeral cars were followed to the service by his beloved black Porsche and a dozen sign-written Bell Leisure vehicles and vans.

Money was raised in Adam’s memory for Cancer Research and the local hospice, St Barnabas House in Worthing. So far over £3,500 has been raised. A popular local footballer and team captain, a football match, in Adam’s memory, is in the planning stage.