Allen Jewhurst tribute


Allen Jewhurst
Allen Jewhurst died on 8 May 2015. This page is a tribute to him…

When our first son, Toby, was born, our immediate choice to be his godparents were Allen and Sarah Jewhurst. We knew, that if, God forbid, Catherine and I died over the coming years, Allen and Sarah would be there for Toby. He would be in the best of hands.

They really have been amazing godparents, and very dear friends. Toby adored Allen, as did our second son, Felix. At the time, my boys lived in Abu Dhabi with their mum, so the last time they saw Allen was at Christmas 2014. He and Sarah welcomed us into their home for what seems like the millionth time with their astonishing generosity. We were so sad that Allen died just after his birthday a few months later. 

For me Allen was a true warrior. He had tremendous wisdom. He took big risks in his business, his life, and in his humour! Oh, and what stories he told of his exploits. Stories I’ll always remember. He also had deep insights into human nature. Yet he had great humility. Allen truly *lived* his life. Few people do really live as it takes so much courage. Allen had that courage. In spades. I’ll never forget him.

I have never been a viewer of TV so I rarely watched any of the documentaries he made for his company, Chameleon TV, though he told us great stories of working with Warwick Davies, Kenn Dodd, the families in Dumblaine and Lockerbie, Chris Bonington, and more.

I went to Allen’s funeral on Friday, 24 May 2015 in Leeds. There must have been at least 250 people packing out the church. Dave Clarkson and his wife Maggie had had dinner with Allen and Sarah on the Wednesday night. Allen got very sick the next day and died the day after. Dave gave a very moving and funny speech in the church, and a few people told sweet or funny stories at the mike at the do afterwards. So Allen had a great send off.

My son Toby is now 18. Felix is 15.

Here’s Allen with Toby and Felix in April 2013, 4 months after he was diagnosed with cancer…

Allen Jewhurst with Toby and Felix

Here’s Allen with his feet on Felix’s lap…

Allen Jewhurst and Felix

Here’s Allen pushing Toby, aged 2, on the swing at his home in Leeds…

When Toby was 10 he and Felix, 7, recorded this video birthday card for Allen 5 years ago in 2010. There’s a brief dance at the end to Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel, a song I believe Allen really liked, which he sang with the boys. There’s a sweet goodbye to him which I found very moving…

I had a Skype call with Toby on Monday 11 May 2015, and asked Toby to say some words about Allen. He mentions the Meakins, the Booths, and a busy New Year spent with Allen and Sarah…

Later in the week I asked Felix for some words. He laughs about Allen’s risqué sense of humour…

Here are more photos I took over the years…

Allen with Toby…

Allen Jewhurst & Toby

Allen and Sarah came over one weekend and we went for a walk…

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Birthday time with Felix’s Tommy Tippee cup in the short…

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Seven photos of Allen and Felix…

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On holiday with the Booths in Portugal (?): Allen plays with Toby in the pool. Catherine was pregnant with Felix at the time…

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Allen with Toby…

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Felix drives Allen’s lawnmower…

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Toby, Felix, me, and Allen probably jumping up and down near Sarah to make it harder for her to get up!…

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Toby’s Christening…

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The last photo I have of Allen, taken at Christmas 2014…
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An early photo of Allen and Sarah from 2003…

Allen & Sarah for Sony

If you want full resolution versions of any of the above photos or videos, contact me on 07747 624140 or email hellochrispayne at gmail dot com