Brian Woolgar (1 Apr 1962 - 4 Aug 2019)

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Location
East London Crematorium Grange Road Plaistow E13 0HB
Date
22nd Aug 2019
Time
11.30am
Funeral Director
Albin & Hitchcock

In loving memory of Brian Woolgar who sadly passed away on 4th August 2019,
At the request of Helen, Brians partner, instead of flowers a charitable donation to the Bobby Moore Foundation for Cancer research, use the link above, would better reflect Brians life and wishes.

Having spent his youth, early retirement as he called it, travelling the world, he spent the second half of his life helping people. Mainly as a union worker fighting for members rights, he loved to bring ignorant bosses to heel!!
He enjoyed his football, a devout West Ham United supporter (Someone has to?!?) and season ticket holder, no real surprise that he, and his partner Helen, lived so close to The Boleyn ground, Upton Park.
Brian also loved to debate and had really strong opinions, especially after a 'few' beers!

Please leave your own memories and photos in the sections below to give Helen and Brians family a fuller understanding of how he 'touched' on your life, and don't be shy, include the good, bad, ugly, funny and ridiculous, all and any comments are gratefully received, thank you.

Details of the funeral are below and the Black Lion pub, in the High Street Plaistow, E13 0AD, will be used to drown sorrows and celebrate Brians life.

Lesley D donated £20 in memory of Brian

Thank you Brian

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Sharon Neill Hall wrote

We could share a lot of memories we've accumulated over the years..but this one always makes us laugh.
Helen and myself took ourselves off to see 50 shades at the movies. Word spread around the Black Lion that Bri was in bed with three women that night! After several wines I'd forgotten they were having my bed! I woke up next to Helen and Ted (her teddy not a bloke!) and Mia my collie trying to get on the bed...poor Bri going " not the bloody dog as well Sweet" Lucky Brian eh hahaha...

Can't quite believe you're not with us anymore Bri but in our hearts forever you will stay!
Thanks for all your guidance and support over the years (especially in troubled times), all the fond memories and great laughs..but most of all for being you 💖
Love and miss you Sharon , Pat , Joe and Mia xxxx

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Boyana Petrovich donated £30 in memory of Brian

The members of our branch have lost a fierce advocate and reps a reliable mentor. We have lost his encyclopaedic knowledge of the hundreds of community employers, his sense of humour and dedication to fighting for the most vulnerable. Brian left us way too soon but he fought as fiercely and as quietly, for as long as he could. His departure is heartbreaking for everyone in the branch. Brian will be missed (already is), but won't be forgotten.

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Simon Deville donated £20 in memory of Brian
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Ffion Larsen wrote

I got to know Brian when I answered an advertisement for a flat share in Hove, Brian was a postman at the time and myself and Ceri were still studying the other two were Australians travelling, which undoubtedly enhanced Brian enthusiasm for travelling the world. I look upon this time as one of the happiest in my life, with four great flat mates.

The flat was the top floor of a five storey converted house in a terrace, it was possible that Brian who found it was possible to access the roof through the bathroom window. It had a flat section that extended the length of the terrace and all of us sometimes exercised by walking the length of it five floors up, not only that but we had parties up there.

Brian at the time was working for the Royal Mail as a postie and must have gone to work soaked on occasions as I myself was as a regular prank on each and everyone of us was to throw a bucket of water over whoever was leaving the flat, if it was too late for them to return to change their clothes. It happened to me frequently as it must have done to Brian.

Brian’s revenge in additional to retaliation with water included finding any expensive ive text of myself and Ceri and then writing in them with his left hand “this bok belong Ffion aged 23 3/4”

At this time, us flat mates realised his fanatical devotion to West Ham United leading us to continually question why his loyalty to the nearby Brighton & Hove Albion. He did not endure this with good grace!

When visiting Brian and Helen in London, his enthusiasm for WHU has provided me and Mike with many entertaining moments. Mike and I usually took the opportunity to exclaim that WHU won the World Cup whenever we passed the statue of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst etc.

We very much enjoyed our visit to Brian and Helen in London, though I am not so sure that they admired the facilities afforded them when they visited us in Llanelli. We took to a sand storm on Pembrey beach and in deference to Brian’s enthusiasm for public transport we took the Heart of Wales line to Sugar Loaf thinking that there would something touristic there by the mountain, we climbed a 50 foot embankment from the station admittedly on steps to find at the top absolute nothing. We all had to hike 5 miles to the nearest facility (pub). No complaints but then Brian and Helen they were perfect host and guests.

I know Brian really impressed Mike as he got to know him. For me Brian was such egalitarian and humane person that you could not fail to be touched by his personality and philosophy of life. I am sure this also applies to so many other people who knew him as well.

He will be greatly missed

Ffion & Mike xxx

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Colin Inniss donated £25 in memory of Brian

I first met Brian in the Curtain Road, UNISON branch office sometime back in 2004, a place that was almost certainly Brian’s second home.

With his encyclopaedic knowledge of the varied world that is the Community &
Voluntary sector, he became my mentor and guide. More tellingly, he also became
my friend

Warm and open; completely committed to the cause of fighting for a fairer workplace and a better world, it was impossible not to like Brian. He was a rock in a tough old world but one with a soft centre.

’....I don’t ask the wounded person how he feels; I become the wounded person...’
counsels Whitman. Brian, these words capture your fighting spirit, a life-force that will be sorely missed and not forgotten.

Rest in Peace, Brother, Friend, Comrade

Colin Inniss

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Ffion Larsen donated £50 in memory of Brian
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Michelle Cooper donated £30 in memory of Brian
Bruce Panday donated £25 in memory of Brian

Brexit. Discuss.
I'll miss our heated conversation!
You're already missed by many.

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Emily Godfrey donated £27.94 in memory of Brian

I met Brian during university days way back when. He was a smart, kind, considerate person with a fun sense of humour who never judged anyone. He has been taken way too early and my thoughts are with his family, especially Helen, Jean, Adrian and Bobby.
Only the good die young.
RIP Brian.

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Bob Woolgar donated £100 in memory of Brian
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Jim Redden wrote

I met 'Woggy' long after I was introduced to the name by AD. his youngest brother, a new piece of tarmac had been laid at a service road to a petrol storage yard at Shoreham Port, opposite The Albion Pub, Fishersgate. Adrian proceeded to wright in 15 foot capital letters, @WOGGY, GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN'. Reading the previous messages it seemed Brian never changed.

My personal memory is,, his patience and generosity. When I was a young, man, boy really, I was (still am)? a mouthy uneducated mouthpiece, he never judged or laughed at me, even when I became a fully paid up member of Thatchers (Loads of Money) army, at fifteen.

We became close friends and shared a flat for some time, I cant actually remember how long,, but it was fun. Again never judging me on my views, rather we would crack open some Newky Brown, roll a few and get into it.

All my thoughts and love to Helen, Jean and the whole Woalgar tribe who have been and continue to be so kind to me, I love you all.

'WOGGY' GONE NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN

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Jo Galloway donated £20 in memory of Brian

Brian was a pleasure to work with, passionate about his job, a dry sense of humour with plenty of stories to suit every occasion! He was well respected by employers even whilst strongly arguing against them, and was always honest and forthright. I'm sure he will be missed by everyone who worked with him.

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Jean Woolgar posted a picture

Finished travelling

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Jean Woolgar posted a picture

Going backpacking

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Jean Woolgar posted a picture

Brian age 20

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Brian age 10

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Jean Woolgar posted a picture

Brian at 18 months old

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Brian at 6 months old

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Brian at 10 days old

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Unison Community & Voluntary Branch donated £100 in memory of Brian
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Kim Brookes wrote

I only knew Brian for a short time but I will remember him always , he is one of those rare people you meet a in life , a fighter against injustice. I will miss his wisdom and strength to keep going when you really want to give up..I will miss him.

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Kim Brookes donated £20 in memory of Brian
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Anita Fakhri donated £50 in memory of Brian

1 worked with Brian for over 17 years at UNISON. I was his gate keeper and coffee maker. Brian was an extremely hard worker, barely stopping between calls and emails when in the office. He was always calm, no matter what hit the fan, and believe me when I say , alot hit the fan !!
He was always there to support me, as well as the members, always at hand with his humour to defuse any situation .
He was for more than a work colleague, he was a very dear friend. To say that he will be missed is an understatement.

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Paul Coles donated £50 in memory of Brian

I have worked with Brian for the last 4 years and was a great colleague and friend over this period. I came with a Local Government Background and I benefited greatly from Brian's in depth knowledge of the Community Sector and the Employers The good, the bad and the ugly.

I also enjoyed many good and lively discussions in the barley mow on a Friday night after work where Brian and I would try to put the world to rights.

An excellent Branch Officer who gave the employers a run fro their money, often quite literally as he was unrivaled at securing an excellent pay out for members, often beyond all odds.

Brian will be sorely missed in the Branch by me and Anita, our Activists and members. Many employers have already sent condolences. He will also be missed by others in Curtain House where our office is based and of course in the Barley Mow across the way.

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UNISON CVO Branch wrote

Brian worked in the UNISON Community and Voluntary Organisations Branch for 18 years and has dealt with thousands of cases and supported, mentored and coached dozens of reps during this time.

Brian will be sorely missed by us in the Branch and many of our Stewards, members and some of our members employers.

Brian was nobody's fool and never shied away from a battle for the good of our members. His dry humour combined with his disdain for wrongdoing made him a formidable representative and a great colleague.

We do not have details of funeral arrangements at present but if you wish to be notified of these please let us know and depending on the wishes of his family we will provide you with further details as soon as we can.



Paul Coles & Anita Fakhri

Branch Development Organiser & Branch Administrator

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Bernie & Donal Lynch donated £30 in memory of Brian

Remembering all the good times in Camden and the King Eddie.

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Charlie Hore donated £25 in memory of Brian

I was secretary of the UNISON branch that Brian worked for, and he was a great caseworker, as well as a mate. Over the years, he won cases for hundreds of our members, driven by his strong sense of justice and anger at discrimination. He had a lovely dry sense of humour, and not a malicious bone in his body. He was a very modest man, and I'm sure that modesty fooled a lot of employers who made the mistake of underestimating him. I last saw him at a funeral for the branch's former treasurer earlier in the year - he was clearly quite ill, but as cheerful and resilient as ever. My deepest condolences to Helen and to all his family, friends and colleagues - I still can't quite believe I won't see him again.

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Adrian Woolgar donated £100 in memory of Brian
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