Family of late Honitonian Allan Bright pay tribute to 'one of a kind' gentleman

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:57 03 August 2017

An old family photo of Allan Bright working at his sawmill.

An old family photo of Allan Bright working at his sawmill.

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Allan, who owned Allan Bright Sawmills and Son in Monkton, died on June 26 after fighting dementia for the last four years.

Top picture; Allan and Angela on their wedding day, top right; Allan with his new Mini, bottom right; Allan as a young boy, bottom left; Allan at one of his much-loved barbecues.Top picture; Allan and Angela on their wedding day, top right; Allan with his new Mini, bottom right; Allan as a young boy, bottom left; Allan at one of his much-loved barbecues.

The family of a Honiton man who raised thousands of pounds for charities throughout his life have remembered him as ‘one of a kind’.

Allan Bright, who owned Allan Bright Sawmills and Son in Monkton, died on June 26 after fighting dementia for the last four years.

The 71-year-old raised in excess of £13,000 throughout his life for several charities, including Hospiscare, Devon Air Ambulance and several children’s organisations.

His wife Angela described her late husband as ‘selfless’ who would ‘do anything to help anybody.’

She added: “Allan was very easygoing – he was a brilliant family man.

“He sacrificed a lot to run his business because he wanted to make it grow. Allan started from nothing and by the time he died, had created a long-established reputable company.”

Angela was married to Allan for 47 years, having tied the knot at Offwell Church.

She added: “We used to both live in Offwell before we were married. The youngsters all used to go down the village and that’s how we ended up meeting.”

Allan was a father of two to son Chris and daughter Julie, and a grandfather to four grandchildren.

Julie said: “He was very loving and always there if you needed him. He would do anything for anyone.”

Around 240 people attended Allan’s funeral at Whimple Crematorium on July 14, and they raised £800 for Dementia UK.

Angela said: “The amount of people who attended Allan’s funeral shows what a brilliant man he was.

“Everybody said he was a good man and there were a lot of memories shared.”

Since Allan’s death, his son Chris has taken over the full running of the company, in Old Chard Road in Monkton.

Chris said: “My dad lived for the mill. If it was not that, it was raising money for charity – that was his life really.

“You could not wish for anything better in a father – he was always there first and always wanted to help.

“I am going to carry on running the business the same way as he ran it.”

The Bright family would like to thank everyone who supported Allan’s fundraising throughout the years and who donated at his funeral and wake.

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