In Celebration of

Alan George Clewer

07 June 2018

Dear family and friends,

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Mr Alan George Clewer who passed away peacefully on 7th June 2018, after an 18 month battle with cancer.

Alan was a much loved father, grandfather, uncle, companion, friend and rambler, who truly lived life to the full.

He is survived by son David, daughter Claire, and grandchildren Katherine and James, and also leaves behind his dear companion Rowena, who helped make his final years so happy.

You are invited to visit this Online Memorial for Alan and to share in the creation of the Memorial by leaving a personal message and any special remembrances, photos or videos. Please visit the condolences tab to leave a personal message, and/or visit the life stories tab, under 'my story' to add your memories of Alan.

Details of the funeral can be found below. Alan did not want flowers at his funeral, other than from family, and did not favour any particular charity. His wishes were for friends and family to make donations to the charity of their choice, if they so wished.

Alan did not want people to wear black, so please feel free to wear whatever you would feel comfortable to. He would not be offended if you turned up in walking gear!

The wake will be held immediately after the funeral and will take place 5 minutes away at The Jackdaw in Denton. VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to plan for sufficient numbers please let Claire know by 30th June on or 07545777131 if you are planning to attend the wake.

Please bear in mind parking may be limited at both the Crematorium and The Jackdaw so you may wish to car share or use public transport, and please allow sufficient time.

Alan's family have chosen to support Cancer Research, MacMillan and also the High View Oast Nursing Home who took such good care of him. The home are fundraising for their vintage summer house tea room for the enjoyment of their residents and families.

Alan was always extremely supportive of his daughter Claire's running and often assisted her in organising or participating in events to help with her fundraising. In recognition of this, Claire has created a Giving Page for the Cancer Research Race for Life, which she ran in Alan's memory just a few days after he died. If you would like to donate to Cancer Research in his memory please visit (you will need to copy and paste the link into your browser as it is not live)

Claire is also running the Great North Run on 9th September 2018 for MacMillan and Cancer Research in Alan's memory. If you would prefer to donate to this please visit (you will need to copy and paste the link into your browser as it is not live).

If you would prefer to support High View Oast Nursing Home with their fundraising for their vintage tea room you can contact the manager, Natalie Smith, on 01304 813333 and she will be happy to collect your donation.

Please feel free to forward this Memorial page to family and friends, for their information and contribution.

Your thoughts are appreciated.

Thank you

Claire, David, Katherine and James


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Claire Jones (Daughter)

Written on 12 June 2018 from DOVER

Dearest Dad, thank you for making me the person I am today. I could not have achieved everything I have without your love and support. It is so painful at the moment, and I have no idea how I am ever going to get used to you not being around, but you will be in my heart forever. Much love Claire xxxxx


Written on 12 June 2018 from DOVER

I will miss seeing Alan. We talked about walking in many parts of the world; about chess and other good things in life.
I regret that I will be unable to attend the funeral. I am sure that you will all give him a good farewell in the spirit in which he lived.
Ron in Dover

Colin Dixon (Rambling friend)

Written on 13 June 2018 from Dover

So so sorry to hear the sad news about Alan Lyn and I spent some fantastic holidays with Alan which were planned and run by a true gentleman dear friend and so professional. When we first started rambling he took us under his wing and shared his expertise in map reading and walk planning we always had a laugh I will never forget the vodka saga on one of his Majorca holidays we often spoke about it with a chuckle God bless Al in our hearts forever xx

Ann Clewer (Ex-wife and friend)

Written on 13 June 2018 from Canterbury

Dear Alan, gone too soon. Father to our two wonderful children and grandfather to our two brilliant grandchildren. You will be greatly missed by all of us.

Les Preston (Rambling friend)

Written on 13 June 2018 from Etchinghill Kent

A great walking friend and also a relentless supporter of the White Cliffs Ramblers . Many happy memories, of Alan coming on my organised holidays and then Alan returning the pleasure by organising equally great holidays. I'm sure all will go well on the next journey.
Very well thought of
RIP Alan

Life Stories 

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Helena Trevelyan (Friend)

Written on 13 June 2018

We have so many happy memories of Alan: the Walking Festival committee meetings when we always wrapped up a piece of cake for Alan to take home to Rowena! The beautiful sunlit walks with the group and Alan shepherding us across hills and styles. The memorable walkout with Alan and Rowena for the Tolsford Trek Walk, when we became submerged in mud at every step and had recuperative Tea Cakes at our house afterwards; we were ravenous! The time Alan and Rowena came to supper and we measured our blood pressures together!

More recently, our visits to Alan in Ash when we discussed Richard Dawkins and the wonders of the planet. Alan's curiosity and love for nature and the universe never left him.

Claire Jones (Daughter)

Written on 14 June 2018 from DOVER

One of the best memories I have of my dad is our trip to Berlin in September 2014....

I got my love of running from my dad, even though I hated it as a child. I have great memories of watching the athletics on the TV with Dad in the 1980s - the battles between the Steves (Cram and Ovett) and of course Seb Coe. I enjoyed watching it but hated doing it, but then something happened to me in 2007 - some kind of epiphany - which Dad was thrilled about, and I took up running!

I recall him doing the Canterbury Half Marathon in 1985 or 86 in about 1 hour 44 minutes, which I knew I could never beat, but it inspired me. Anyway, to cut a long story short.... for my 5th marathon I was lucky to get a place in the 2014 Berlin Marathon, and didn't want to go on my own.

It has long been said that as a child I was able to twist my dad round my little finger..... well it didn't change as I grew up. I talked him into coming with me (secretly I think he was delighted to be asked!) and we decided to make a short holiday of it, flying out on the Thursday morning and coming back on Monday evening, so we could do some sightseeing too. Of course I let him do most of the organising!... a talent which I am told by many people that I have inherited from him. :)

We had a terrific time and I am so glad we did it, as only 2 years later he was stopped in his tracks by his illness.

I am really delighted that given his love of running he was able to witness the winner running the actual race where he set the current Marathon World Record, which still holds today.

Rowena Pearce (Friend and Companion)

Written on 14 June 2018

Alan led the first holiday I went on with White Cliffs Ramblers to Nerja. It was at a time when I needed to expand my horizons. Of course, as I was to discover, it was meticulously planned and well organised, but it was unexpectedly brim-full with fun, humour, and excitement, which I soon learned was part of Alan’s “trade mark”.
The walks were scenic through beautiful scenery, and not without the challenge of hills steeper than those in Kent. Points of interest were always included. We were exhorted to stop and look properly at views. There was scrambling over boulders, wading up river through icy-cool mountain streams; a delightful change to sedate walking at home. There was wilder excitement too; the day the group divided and Alan took those of us prepared to walk along the top of a vertiginous cliff, only to meet with a “mad man” who seemed intent on sending Alan over the edge if we refused to turn back! We turned back - or history for me, as well as Alan, might have been different. Another day, when a cliff was encountered we scaled it on ropes; I soon realised that this was the kind of walking I needed. In the evenings there was happy hour; Alan appeared quite abstemious, (I was only to learn later of the vodka incident in Majorca). Dancing was an activity entered into enthusiastically by all, especially Alan. Walking, scrambling, relaxing; throughout everything Alan exuded energy, life and spirit.
This was a walk and holiday leader to watch and follow, I decided. So I did……...

Steve and Averil Brice (Friends)

Written on 14 June 2018

Steve and I have known Alan since the 1970’s when we made regular visits to play squash in Giles Lane Canterbury. It was pure chance that we me up on the first led walk we had with White Cliffs Ramblers and Alan was the walk leader. He ensured that we were warmly welcomed and started us on a path that has been life changing ever since. Alan has given us so many wonderful memories. He has given us so much joy. Alan was a true giver in life. His enthusiasm was boundless. He was a perfectionist, passionate, quirky, amusing and unique. He was a loyal friend. It came as a shock to us all when he was struck down, still in his prime and it must have been dreadful for him to know that his walk leading days were over. He bore it with great dignity. He never once complained to us or showed bitterness. His life had changed forever, but Claire made sure that he spent his remaining time in comfort and good care.

David Clewer (Son)

Written on 15 June 2018 from Southampton

Dad was always very keen on his Squash playing in the 1980's and early 1990's before having to give it up due to problems with his back. He was also heavily involved in the organisational side of things at the Canterbury Squash Rackets Club on Giles Lane, running the monthly 'leagues' using a computer program that he wrote, which seemed very advanced for it's time! He liked the statistics side of it, I think. He also organised the draw and seeding for the tournaments there, and was heavily involved in their smooth running. He got me and Claire to take up squash when I was around 14 I think, he was very patient as at first I couldn't even hit the ball, but kept me at it until I was able to play to a similar standard as him, and we had some very close games. He took us to watch the British Open championships at the Wembley Conference Centre in the late 80's and early 90's, we saw both Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan play at the top of their games. He was also an admirer of Jonah Barrington, I remember he always used to say "get fit to play squash, not play squash to get fit"! He encouraged me to take up running, and even once we both entered the Canterbury Half-Marathon, I thought I was fit but remember at 18 being so stiff I couldn't walk for two days afterwards, but Dad was quickly recovered even though he was around 50 then!
Dad was also very keen on walking even then, and took me to a week's walking in Snowdonia with him, leaving the car at the start of the week and hiking to a different Youth Hostel each night. That was a very special time, and it was good to spend so much time with him doing something which he enjoyed so much, and being part of that experience.


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Davids graduation Alan in New York 2007 Alan in New York 2007