Cllr Taylor was elected to represent the Eastbourne Meads division at the county council in 2005 and, up until May this year served on Eastbourne Borough Council.
Always noted for his smart appearance, Cllr Taylor was most recently vice chairman of the county’s planning committee and sat on the council’s standards committee. He was also a dedicated member of the East Sussex Fire Authority.
East Sussex County Council Leader, Cllr Keith Glazier said: “We are shocked and saddened by Barry’s death and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
“Barry always went out of his way to help others and worked tirelessly for the residents he served. He will be truly missed.”
Cllr Taylor leaves wife Christine, two sons, two daughters and grandchildren.
The East Sussex County Council flag was raised and lowered to half-mast in tribute to Cllr Taylor on Monday, June 12.