Alan Medhurst : Line Engineer
Sadly we have heard that Alan passed away in East Surrey hospital on 16th August 2021, he was 83 years of age. My sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and former colleagues.

Alan was a long serving Engineer, firstly in Hangar 1 in BUA days then as a Line Engineer on Line 4 during BCal / BA's time.

Alan was well liked by all who worked with him and knew him recalls Mel Sanders

A photo of Alan in 2019 at an RSA BBQ (photo by Bob Cooper).

Service details

Alan's funeral was held on Friday 10th September 2021 at the Surrey and Sussex crematorium near Gatwick.
Alan Remembered

From Jim Will: Sad news. I worked with Alan, we were both A/c spotters too. RIP mate, you will be missed.

From Jim Street: Alan was an amazing character!!!! Rip Alan

From Suzzi Higgs:
My father worked with Alan. RIP

From Brian Parker:
Alan was a good friend and great to work with. RIP Alan

From Sally Simmonds: Sorry to hear. RIP Alan.

From Tony Rider
Such a sad loss, my condolences to Ann & Family, we had so much fun together on Line 4 ..RIP Alan, fly high

From John Layton
Very sad news , Alan was a great guy to work with. He had a very good sense of humour so always good for a laugh. RIP Alan.

From Roger Warren:
RIP Alan

From Caron Phillips:
RIP and my condolences to his family and friends

From Mel Sanders
Sad times in deed, we recently lost Pat Ruffles (May 2021), both Alan and Pat were great characters. Line engineers on BCal were a great bunch of guys all working together 24/7 under pressure to get the aircraft away on time, plenty of laughs and high jinks, times to remember. RIP Alan.

From Terence Lawrence: I was on Line 4, and yes Pat & Alan were great characters. Many a good time was had by all. RIP.

From Ian Plumridge: That's very sad, worked with Alan in Hangar 1, great fun always. RIP Alan.

From Geoffrey Lewis: Alan was a great character, always good company to be with, RIP Alan

From Grahame Williamson: RIP Alan, condolences to his family.

From Ma Dolors Vila Casellas: Sad news, may you rest in peace Alan. Condolences to his family.

From Terry Jeffries: A very nice person to work with. RIP Alan

From Ray Astridge
That's sad news. Another engineer enters the big hangar in the sky. I remember Alan in hangars 1 and 3 as an apprentice. He taught me all I know and I still know nuffin'. RIP Alan. Fly high.

From Fee Flee: So very sorry Fly Free Alan

From Dee Richards: A lovely man RIP

From Janet Willis: So sorry, RIP

From Brian Wassell
So sorry to hear of Alanís passing, it was pleasure to have known and worked with him. He was an avid aircraft spotter on the line at Gatwick. R.I.P. Alan.

From Bob Cooper
I worked with Alan on Line 4 and on that wretched hangar shift that was formed at the end of '74. He was always a good laugh and had a special sense of humour, I always enjoyed working with him. R.I.P Alan.

From Coreen Wilcox: Rest in peace Alan

From Neil Titterrell
Alan was a great character and a bit of an education when I was an apprentice! Worked with him on the line up until he retired from B shift, stand 54. RIP Alan.

From Belinda Burton
I remember Alan well from my dad's shift, Line 4, and he was one of many great characters. My sincere condolences to his family.

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Condolences have also been extended by:

Dave Thaxter, Riaz Butt, Jennifer Grail, John R Potter, Julie Nuttall, Liz Tiley, Bob Holmes, Dave Surry, Julie Hourigan, Christine Jegu, Sylvia Murphy, Tina Harvey, Sue Jackson-Page, Peter Durran, Jenny Thomas, Dudley Rice,

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