ALAN BURNETT 1943 -47
Regret to announce the death of Alan. A Memorial Service will be held at Welling Baptist Church, Axminster Crescent, Welling, Kent on Saturday 7th. November 2009 at 2pm. Nearest Rail Station is Bexley Heath, Kent.
Allan Burnett (1943-47)
Allan (or Bunny to his friends) enjoyed a wide variety of interests, all of
which he pursued with great enthusiasm. He grew up in the Tufnell Park area,
the eldest of three children and, from an early age, was a keen cyclist, an
activity which took him to all parts of the country and abroad. After
leaving school, he helped his father with the stage lighting at theatres,
including the Finsbury Park Empire, from which sprang his lifelong passion
for the theatre and the music hall. He had a particular penchant for the
Arts and Crafts Movement and became a guide at William Morrisís Red House.
During his civil service career, first as a Customs Officer, then as a VAT
inspector, he acquired a comprehensive knowledge of public transport, the
River Thames, and London as a whole. In retirement, he trained as a guide at
St. Paulís Cathedral and for the City of London, and delighted in giving
illustrated lectures about London and the Thames which were always popular.
For several years, Allan was a regular attendee at the Annual Dinner where he was always good company, with a fund of anecdotes and reminiscences. It was through the Old Camdenians that Allan linked up again with Johnny Castle, his best friend at Burghley Road School and Holloway Grammar, and a former cycling companion.
Allanís very full life was underpinned by a deep Christian faith and his love for his family. His quirky sense of humour, innate kindness and selfless generosity will be greatly missed by all who knew him.