Alastair Ford

The Parish Chairman writes:

“Alastair became a real Ebernoe man”

We were all saddened to hear of the sad loss of Alastair Ford in March.

Alastair became such a stalwart supporter of Ebernoe that we are going to greatly miss his huge support and work on our behalf

It was very typical of Alastair to tell Janet that he did not want a big fuss made of all he meant to us . Sadly because of the current restrictions his funeral was limited to family only. It would be very easy to write long and heartfelt thanks about Alastair’s life but this is a brief summary which would hopefully have not embarrassed him too much.

Alastair Ford was the much respected dentist in Petworth for many years. As a young man he was very keen on sport and played rugby for London Scottish. He was always keen on horse racing and welcomed any tips for flutters with his son David.

The countryside and Ebernoe, in particular was most important and he loved to walk his dogs and loved living in Ebernoe. Few of us realised that Alastair was an amazingly respected and knowledgeable canine enthusiast. As judge he was much sought after for dog shows and judged at Crufts. Alastair and Janet bred many show winners and was secretary and on the committees of several breed societies. Alastair’s wise counsel and work for dogs was widely recognised.

Alastair’s desire to work for the community extended to taking a huge role on Ebernoe Parish Council as Clerk and Chairman. He quietly always wanted to help and work for any event. . This included the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond anniversary and more recently her ninetieth birthday party. We remember him wearing his tartan as a proud Scotsman on these occasions.

Although Alastair was brought up I Scotland as a Presbyterian he was a strong supporter of Ebernoe Church and joined in with all our services and social occasions.

He did not like a fuss and hated to be praised even when it was very much deserved

However it must be recognised that Alastair was” good for Ebernoe” and he will be much missed.