Worthing man, 102, dies after winning back benefits

Walter Craven and his son-in-law Geoffrey Sargent
Walter Craven and his son-in-law Geoffrey Sargent

THE 102-year-old Worthing man who won back his £50,000 in owed benefits has died.

Walter Craven, who lived at the Victoria Royal Beach care home in Grand Avenue, died peacefully last Saturday night, with his carer by his side.

Walter’s daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Geoffrey Sargent, of The Street, Shoreham, had battled for two months to claim Walter’s attendance allowance benefit back from the Department of Work and Pensions, which Walter had been owed since 1995.

Walter received his lump sum a week before he died, which had financially secured his care at Victoria Beach for the next few years.

Son-in-law Geoffrey, 70, said: “I knew Walter for longer than my own father, and I was very fond of him. I am glad that we got his money back for him before he died so he could rest easy.”

Walter, who used to be a prize-winning pedigree pig breeder, settled in Worthing after setting up a second-hand book store in Ham Road.

He was a keen reader, and a lover of poetry.

Judith, 65, said: “He kept his grip on life right to the end, quoting poetry, and making people laugh to the day he died.”