It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of Alan Michael Holyoak, aged 62 after a brief and hard fought battle with mesothelioma cancer. Alan was very much a family man and was a great and loving husband, father, grandfather and son-in-law. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.
Alan was born and lived his whole life in Kibworth Beauchamp and many will remember or recognise him from the pictures due to the work and help that he has freely given to so many. Alan grew up in Dover Street with his mother, younger sister and five older brothers, until he married Pamela Fawson. Their wedding made the headlines in the very first issue of the Kibworth Chronicle in April 1978 and they have had many happy years together. They too, like the Chronicle, have just celebrated their Ruby Anniversary.
Throughout his life, Alan only occasionally appeared in this and local papers as he was a very modest man, despite the huge contribution and impact that he has had over the years within this village. He was incredibly practical and resourceful, being one of the driving forces behind many floats for the Kibworth Carnival, sets for the Serendipity Players, Last Minute Theatre and the Kibworth Dance Centre. He also took part with his wife and daughter in the Harborough Harnessed Horse Parades in Market Harborough in the early 1990s.
Those who knew Alan, may well be shocked to hear of his passing as he was always very keen to keep active, fit and healthy. It was a battle he has fought valiantly over the last 15months due to his love of life and strong mentality to the end. He passed away peacefully in his wifeís arms at the LRI, early morning on the 31 May.
It is planned to hold a Memorial Service to celebrate Alanís life at the Methodist Chapel, Kibworth Beauchamp and details will be released, via the Leicester Mercury.