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In loving memory of ALAN CORDIN who sadly passed away on 15th May 2020:
It is really difficult to sum up a life, especially one that was so varied as Alan’s (Dad), if you knew him you’d understand. If he knew you, particularly if you became friends, that was it for life and what you saw was what you got and if you didn't like it... well that was just fine by him ;0)
Alan was always involved with people from work to volunteering, he cared about people and definitely liked to know about you if he met you. You could say he liked to know the “in’s and out’s of a ducks arse” but it was his way of genuinely paying attention and being interested in what you had to say. I don't know about you but it is rare to find someone who can listen. He would happily share his “wisdom”, short, usually to the point and irritatingly accurate for the most part, some personal favourites “gerr on wit job”, “cross the bridge when you get to it” (i.e. stop worrying and gerr on wit job) and just “do your best”.
You could never draw him into an argument, I think both family and colleagues have noticed this through the years and looking back it is because he knew what a waste of time that could be and he had better things to do. Lyn would always wish those better things might include tidying up his “filing” system but any spare time he had was spent outdoors in nature watching the birds where he felt most at home. If you can remember Grizzly Adams I'm pretty sure Dad would have relished the mountain hermit life but then again he’d have missed us lot and by us I mean you reading this.
Please use this page to share memories and photos to a man we thought was pretty great and we hope you did to. It can be too easy to dwell on things that happened but Dad never once complained about being unwell nor did he feel a victim. He always said it comes to us all and he was determined to keep enjoying what he could. So, in honor of this, share something silly, funny or even annoying . Use it to make each other laugh and if it makes you cry “gerr on with it” then carry on and do your best.
A son, a brother, a cousin, a husband, a dad, a grandad, a colleague, a friend, and, a bird watcher (not a twitcher) ;0)