Alan McKeown

Kearsney College – Gillingham 1956

Alan McKeown (Matric 1956, Gillingham) passed away on 16 December 2012, finally losing his long battle with cancer.

Alan is maybe best remembered by his contemporaries as strutting his stuff as the baton-twirling drum major at the head of  KC’s Cadet Marching Band.  He had come to Kearsney from Germiston, and after matric moved down to Port Elizabeth where he served a full apprenticeship with General Motors (Vauxhall).  In fact, he spent his entire, 39-year long working life in the employ of GM, including stints in England, Europe and a lengthy spell in Belfast Ireland, where he met and married his wife Audrey.

His last assignment and then their retirement years were spent in Johannesburg.  His mobility and quality of life these past few years was not good, but he made the miles to join four other Johannesburg survivors of the Class of 56 for a reunion lunch in Rosebank on 2nd September 2011.

Alan is survived by his wife Audrey and their son Michael.

Derryck Black
Gillingham 1956