Occupation hero Bob Le Sueur dies aged 102

Bob Le Sueur, hero of the OCCUPATION, died at the age of 102.

The famous islander died on Saturday at his home after a long and extraordinary life.

Mr. Le Sueur risked arrest and death during the German occupation by helping Russian slave laborers – including Feodor Buriy (also known as Russian Bill) – who were smuggled into safe houses in the ‘island.

Bob Le Sueur photographed in 2017 Photo: DAVID FERGUSON

It was an example of the same disregard for personal safety that cost fellow islander Louisa Gould her life when she was deported and eventually sent to a concentration camp for harboring a Russian slave.

In 2007, a portrait of Mr Le Sueur commissioned by Jersey Heritage was unveiled at the Jersey Museum as a lasting tribute to his lifelong commitment to the island.

And in 2013, he was made an MBE for his community service and was also decorated by the Soviet Union for his courage in helping Russian prisoners.

Bob Le Sueur while filming a documentary SS Vega, which brought Red Cross supplies to the island at the end of the Occupation

His exploits were documented in his memoir, Growing up Fast, which was published in 2020.

At the book launch, he described how he went about helping Russian slave laborers during the Occupation, saying, “I was very secretive about everything, so I was never caught.

“I never told anyone, not my closest friends, my family or anyone. If I had done that and they had been arrested or interrogated, they would have been in a lot of trouble.

In another example of his community attitude, earlier this year Mr Le Sueur, who ran an insurance business in St Helier during the war and taught English and modern languages ​​in Hautlieu before that, challenged charity of 5,000 steps in his garden. to raise funds to support Ukrainians fleeing the war.

Bob Le Sueur (101) at home, doing his 5,000 step challenge Photo: ROB CURRIE. (34611811)

“My thoughts on the war are appallingly sad for the people of Ukraine. I am one of the few still alive who experienced the Occupation as an adult, so I remember what it was like.

“I really feel for these people and I want to do whatever I can to help,” he told JEP in March.

An obituary will be published in the JEP in due course.

Michael A. Bynum