Allan Stevens Operations
Sadly Allan passed away on the 10th December 2015 at his home in Vines Cross, East Sussex. Allan's 80th birthday was a few days beforehand. Our sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and former colleagues.
Allan started at Croydon Airport with Transair, transferred to LGW when BUA was formed. He later became an Operations D/O and his career progressed further whilst in BUA and BCal.
Allan's service was held on Friday 15th January 2016 at Eastbourne Crematorium in East Sussex
From Charles Manetta
This news has stunned me, and has yet to sink in. I had just sent Allan an email wishing him a happy birthday and he had replied. We were thinking about the next date for our lunch at the Green Man. I had kept in touch with Allan over the years, but in the last few I had joined the small luncheon group that he organised every three months or so at the Green Man in Ringmer. We were from those early days just prior to and after the creation of British United Airways.
Allan came to the fold with Transair, and Transair Traffic staff, (in those days we called ourselves Traffic) formed the basis of the British United Traffic dept, as indeed the Engineering department was also essentially Transair. When I joined British United in 1962, Allan was my Shift Leader in Load Control. He was a natural leader and manager. In all my career I have not met a better one.
Allan had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the early airline characters, especially aircrew. I think his early heart attack did not help his career. He was head of crewing by that time and after he left BCal we lost touch for some years. Lately one of his interests was the beloved Tiger Moth owned by a friend. He flew in it, and helped look after it, as often as he could. I will sorely miss his mischievous sense of humour and those chats we had at the Green Man.
If you would like to leave a message in remembrance please drop me a line anytime
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