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Mr Alan Dixon Prof MICME

22nd December 1932 - 26th January 2016

Monday, 22 February 2016

It is with sad regret that we record the death of Alan Dixon on January 26th 2016 at his home in Hexham Northumberland.

Alan started his working life in 1946 as an apprentice
moulder at Smith Pattersons Foundry in Blaydon, Tyne & Wear. The Company recognised his potential and he was promoted to Foreman shortly after completing his apprenticeship. He then moved to Douglas Bros in 1960, again as Foundry Foreman, before moving down to Rugby in 1966 to work for English Electric due to the closure of Douglas Bros.

Alan and his wife Frieda never forgot their roots and along with their two young daughters moved back to the North East where Alan joined Davison Tyne Metal in Hexham in 1968 as Foundry Superintendent.

After 10 years he left the company and took up the post of Technical Sales Engineer for Redpath Engineering in Teesside where he remained for 7 years. On the closure of the Foundry Alan was approached by Davison Tyne Metal and offered the position of Foundry Manager, which he accepted gladly.
After his retirement in 1997 he was offered a position on the Board at Davisons where he remained upto 2015.

Alan was a Member of the IBF/ICME and was elected President twice for the old Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Branch in 1979/1980 and again 1987/88 and was an active member of the Branch for many years. Alan joined ICME in 1970 and was an active member of the Branch for 46 years.

All through his life he was a very active sportsman and was an accomplished player at Tennis, Cricket, Golf and in his later years Indoor and Outdoor Bowls. He had a great sense of humour and was very good company especially on social evenings, and no-one escaped his humour. At work on the other hand he was a very hard task master and if the workforce were not performing they would feel the cold draft of authority.

Alan''s philosophy through life was "Life is for living, so don''t waste time worrying about things you can do nothing about".

Our thoughts at this time are with Alan''s wife Frieda and their two daughters, Helen and Judith along with their five Grandchildren.