Alan West 1927 – 2014
Alan West was a great Old Shorehamer who attended Shoreham Grammar School between 1942 and 1946 and he was in Rodney house. He was at Milland House, Liphook, Hampshire, where the boarders of Shoreham Grammar School were evacuated to during the Second World War. Alan, and his very good friend Peter White, wrote “Chapter V - World War 11 at Milland House, Liphook 1940 – 1946” in The Story of Shoreham Grammar School, which was published in 1977 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the OSA.
Alan was Hon. Secretary of the OSA for 20 years, from 1958 to 1978 and he was the perfect gentleman throughout. He was the steady hand behind the Presidents (Cyril Holloway and Clyde Dixie) throughout that time.
Clive Nicks remembers “Alan and my brother were contemporaries at Milland, good friends and remained in touch for many years afterwards. Stanley Busby (Litvinne that was), who died in December, 2011, was another. I was on the OSA Committee in the mid/late '60s and early '70s, before my family and I moved to York in 1973, and was able to admire Alan's work as Hon. Secretary at first hand. He was always efficient and unfussy, and meticulous in his attention to what mattered - both for the well-being of the OSA and for its continuing good relationship with the School. He was always nothing less than the perfect gentleman”.
Alan had a very successful career as a Chemical Engineer with BP and always lived in the Guildford area. He sadly passed away on Easter Monday following a stroke. Alan leaves his wife Jean and their two daughters.