The Bailiff has praised Bob Le Sueur MBE – an islander who risked his life during the Occupation to shelter and protect escaped slave workers – as "one of the great Jersey men of his generation" after the hero died aged 102.
After the war, and for the rest of his life, Mr Le Sueur became an eloquent and erudite voice promoting peace, compassion and reconciliation.
“I have a duty to help Ukraine, and not just help myself. Putin will not succeed,” he said at the time.
Mr Le Sueur was only a 19-year-old insurance clerk when the Germans first arrived on the island in 1940, and continued to spend his early 20s working in the profession.
Pictured: Mr Le Sueur undertaking is Ukraine fundraising challenge.
In a remarkable act of bravery and selflessness, he helped a number of Russian prisoners of war who had been brought to the island as labour, assisting them in evading capture and sheltering.
His ethos was captured on a plaque in York Street in 2006.
"Nazi racists ranked their Russian slave workers as sub-human. Any racial prejudices we personally may harbour are first steps on that same viciously slippery slope," it says.
He was made an MBE, bestowed on him by the then Prince Charles, in 2013.
Mr Le Sueur was also a passionate supporter of the French language in Jersey, and was made a ‘Chevalier’ in 2018 for his efforts as both a founding member of the Les Amitiés Franco-Britanniques de Jersey and as an occasional translator for Durrell.
Pictured: Mr Le Sueur (centre), appearing here with the then-Lieutenant Governor and then-Bailiff, was given a 'Chevalier' award for helping to promote the French language in the Jersey community.
In 2017, he was the subject of the Jersey Heritage Trust portrait, which was painted by Stephen Shankland and entitled 'A Warm Welcome, Bob Le Sueur'.
This morning, the Bailiff, Sir Tim Le Cocq, commented: "I was sorry to hear of the passing of Bob Le Sueur MBE.
"He was one of the great Jersey men of his generation showing true courage and resilience in helping prisoners during the occupation.
"A man of real principle, he continued to champion the causes that he believed in throughout his life. It was a privilege to have met him, he is an example to us all and will be long remembered."
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