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Ilford volunteer champion and church chairman Allan Yeoman dies

PUBLISHED: 18:35 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 18:35 07 November 2016

Allan Yeoman

Allan Yeoman

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Champion of the community and chairman of the North Ilford Fellowship of Churches Allan Yeoman has died, aged 73.

His daughter Kathy said she hopes he will be remembered as a “community minded man who loved socialising with others”.

Mr Yeoman frequently contributed to the “Spiritual Life” column in the Recorder, where he announced he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September.

He wrote: “I am so glad that the various departments and Gentian ward in particular have remained open and have only praise for the doctors, nurses, X-ray technicians and all the excellent NHS staff who looked after me so well.”

Mr Yeoman, who was born at a private maternity hospital in Woodford Green on March 5, 1943, loved volunteering, Gilbert and Sullivan operas and West Ham.

He had two daughters, Kathy Yeoman-Owens, 36, and Sarah McDonagh, 42, and doted on his six grandchildren.

Kathy said: “He was so busy, he loved giving to others and helping them.

“He started volunteering with the Redbridge Street Pastors about six years ago.

“When he first told me, I was a bit thrown and asked if he was sure about going into Ilford at 2am, but he loved it.”

Allan, who sat on the leadership team at Gants Hill Methodist Church, Gantshill Crescent, Ilford, was “very community focused”, said Kathy.

She said: “He loved singing with the Ilford Operatic and Dramatic Society.

“He volunteered at the Salvation Army night shelter and drove people home from the volunteer centre.

“He wanted to be with people. He was at his happiest then.”

Send your tributes to rosaleen.fenton@archant.co.uk.

For the full obituary, see Thursday’s Recorder.


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