Ex-councillor recognised for huge contribution to community life following his death
5th December 2017 – The Argus
By Josh Walton
A FORMER councillor who made a “huge contribution to civic and community life” has been remembered by colleagues and loved ones.
Alan Quine died at the age of 92 on Saturday, November 18.
Alan was a former Crawley borough councillor, urban district councillor and life president of Crawley Conservative Association. He was selected as honorary Crawley alderman and freeman in 2012 after his life’s work in the community.
He represented Northgate Ward on Crawley Urban District Council between 1969 and 1972 and then served as a borough councillor for almost 20 years.
During his time as a borough councillor, Alan represented the residents of Pound Hill before going on to represent Pound Hill North.
He served on the housing committee, leisure services committee and management board and was a school governor for both Northgate Primary School and Holy Trinity School.
He was appointed chairman of Crawley Council for Voluntary Service for four years in the 1990s.
He also served on the committees of Crawley Dial-a-Ride, Crawley Shopmobility and Crawley Connexions Centre for young people and for many years he was a member/ trustee of Crawley Arts Council.
Alan was a member of the Mid Downs Community Health Council from 1995, completing two four-year terms.
Born in Forest Gate, London, Alan was known to be active as a volunteer in a number of campaigns outside of his work life and was a member of Grattons Bowls Club.
He had also attended St Nicholas Church in Worth and St Barnabas Church in Pound Hill.
Alan joined the RAF as a young man and trained as a radar operator but never entered into active service. While he was working in the air force he met his wife Jean Taylor. The couple married in 1950 before moving to Crawley, where they lived in Pound Hill.
Jean died in 2008 and Alan decided to move to Lanehurst Gardens extra care apartments located nearby.
Alan is survived by his daughter Carolyn, his son Timothy and four grandsons.
His funeral will be held at St Nicholas Church, Worth, tomorrow (6th Dec) at 2.30pm, followed by a reception at the Civic Hall in the town.
A council spokesman said: “Alan made a huge contribution to civic and community life in Crawley in many different fields, including as chairman of Crawley Council for Voluntary Service for many years, and as a governor of several schools, as well as serving on many other organisations within the town.
“His lifelong contribution to Crawley was recognised in 2012 when he was appointed as an honorary alderman and freeman of the borough.
“Our thoughts are with Alan’s family and friends.”