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Tribute to a much-valued community stalwart

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8 OCT

Tribute to a much-valued community stalwart

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

Tribute has been paid to a founder first responder who was proud to live in the Moorlands. William (Bill) Anthony Allen died peacefully at his home in Cotton, on Sunday, August 30, surrounded by his loving family. Bill, aged 80 years, was a devoted and adored husband, dad, father in law, grandad, great grandad, brother in law, uncle and friend to many.

Tribute has been paid to a founder first responder who was proud to live in the Moorlands.

William (Bill) Anthony Allen died peacefully at his home in Cotton, on Sunday, August 30, surrounded by his loving family.

Bill, aged 80 years, was a devoted and adored husband, dad, father in law, grandad, great grandad, brother in law, uncle and friend to many.

A private service has since taken place at St. Giles’ Roman Catholic Church, Cheadle and an interment followed in Cotton Roman Catholic Cemetery.

Here is a tribute which has been made by Bill’s family:

Bill’s loving wife Joan of 56 years, sons Tony, John, and all the family, would like to pass on their sincere thanks for all the cards, flowers and donations that have been received in memory of Bill.
Bill was extremely proud to have lived and been a social part of the area, and to have met so many lovely people.

He will be remembered for his outstanding and long passion with Staffordshire Ambulance Service, spanning 37 years. His reward inevitably was to be the first person to establish the local First Responder unit, which was integral for rapidly providing emergency help in the rural and remote areas. But he will never regret his early days as starting his working life at Reg Smiths garage at Kingsley Moor.


Bill enjoyed many years as chairman of Cotton Cricket and Football Club, Oakamoor Parish Council and the IMB board at Stafford Prison.


Bill would be the first to applaud that he lived a great life, and that his love for dancing most weeks was his thrill.
There are so many people that we as a family would like to thank, for being a friend or close contact of Bill, but it is so important to mention the following who went the extra mile when his health started to deteriorate: Waterhouses Medical Practice, the Royal Stoke Hospital, Stafford Hospital, Home First, Austin Ben and all the district nurse personnel.


Many Thanks also to Father Paul for an outstanding church service and JP Keates Funeral Services for their professional yet personal approach.

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  • I remember his well as a great father and local inspiration. I attended Cotton College, 1975 a 1980 and was a friend of his daughter Joan. May he Rest In Peace.
    Written by Michael P Davenport, October 14, 2020 - Reply
  • Dearest Joan, Tony, John and family. I'm so very sad to see we've lost Bill. He was a genuinely lovely, kind and gentle man of whom I have the fondest memories. God rest him and shine the comfort of His boundless love on you all. With my love, thoughts and prayers, Paddy.
    Written by Dominic O'Byrne, October 15, 2020 - Reply

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