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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Obituary - Arthur Allison, of High Ireby

One of the founding members of Cockermouth Music Society, Arthur William Allison, has died aged 75.

MUSIC MAN: Arthur William Allison

Mr Allison, of Fell Edge, High Ireby, and his wife Susan helped to form the society in 1993 and he held the role of chief fund-raiser.

He was instrumental in raising funds to buy a Steinway B grand piano for the society to replace an instrument damaged in the 2009 floods.

Mr Allison died at his home last Friday.

He was born and raised in Durham to parents Robert and Elsie.

He trained to become a teacher at St John’s College in York and got his first teaching job in Slough, before moving to Buckinghamshire.

He then became a deputy headteacher and headteacher in Gloucestershire and then in Leicestershire. He also became an education adviser in Birmingham.

He moved to Cumbria in 1989 and became a postgraduate tutor at Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside and then ended his career as an Ofsted inspector.

He was married to Susan for 50 years.

She said: “He was a very kind, generous and organised man. He was very good with children.”

Mr Allison did a lot of work promoting Cockermouth Music Society, including printing posters, brochures and leaflets.

Mrs Allison said: “He did a tremendous amount of work. He was absolutely invaluable. He will be missed very much.”

He also enjoyed fell walking and Scottish dancing.

Mr Allison leaves his wife Susan, children Catriona, Barbara and Malcolm, grandchildren Chloe, Lily, Georgina and Miles and brother Gordon.

His funeral will be held at Carlisle Crematorium at 1pm on Wednesday.

Family flowers only and refreshments will be served afterwards at Fell Edge, High Ireby.

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