Plymouth Green activist Don Allen dies, aged 83
AN AVID campaigner of green politics and environmental work has died aged 83.
Don Allen was born in Camborne in 1929 and was 16 years old when World War II ended. He experienced National Service in the Middle East and Africa.
He lived in Plymouth for 59 years and in 1990 Don retired from Devon County Council after working for 26 years as an Education Welfare Officer.
An enthusiastic promoter of reduced car use, between his work appointments he would use the bus or walk.
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In retirement Don spent a lot of time in the advancement of Green Politics and environmental work. He was a member of the Green Party, Friends of the Earth and Transport 2000 as well as the Pedestrians Association.
He was also actively involved with Mencap, now Plymouth Highbury Trust, and Plymouth Credit Union.
A regular runner, Don completed the London marathon on more than one occasion. He also completed many long-distance walks such as the Two Moors Way. He loved Dartmoor and was a member of the Ramblers Association for many years.
Don was a regular contributor to the Unitarian Church Magazine and the Evening Herald letters page where he would often speak out against developmental encroachment on the city's green spaces such as Central Park.
Peter, his youngest son, was born mentally and physically handicapped and sadly pre-deceased Don in 2008.
Don is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Stephanie and son David.
His funeral takes place at Efford Crematorium, at 1.30pm on Wednesday, January 9. The family have requested no flowers but donations to Plymouth Highbury Trust.