I am devastated to inform local residents that Alan Cleverly OBE passed away this morning following an exceptionally brave battle with cancer. He did so peacefully and with his beloved family by his side.
For those that did not know Alan, he was at the centre of the Surrey Heath Conservative Association and served as election agent to all elected representatives in Surrey Heath including myself.
Alan’s career in politics spanned many decades where he worked with some of the greats including Margaret and Denis Thatcher.
I remember the very first time I spoke to Alan. It was on 16th December 2006. It was a telephone conversation and I remember the date so well because my wife Claire was in labour and hours away from giving birth to our daughter Izzy. I had stepped outside the labour suite at Frimley Park Hospital to stretch my legs when my mobile rang. Alan was calling me to try and persuade me to stand as a conservative borough candidate in the forthcoming elections. I turned him down but he had another go at persuading me several years later (successfully) as I was elected for my first term in 2011.
As the tributes come pouring in today, many local elected representatives credit Alan with persuading them to stand.
Apart from being a political campaigning mastermind, he was also one of the most charismatic people I have ever met.
Above all I will miss his amazing sense of humor and just being in his company which was always an enormous amount of fun.
His passing will be a huge blow to the association and the community. I will miss him a great deal.
Rest In Peace Alan Cleverly OBE