A son has paid tribute to his father, who many Chalfont St Peter residents have known as their local councillor since the 1970s.
Son Richard Allen announced Bruce Allen’s passing on social media and locals shared memories of what a great person he was.
Bruce came to live in Chalfont St Peter in 1963 with his wife Diana after he fell in love with the village having visited it as a young Boy Scout in the 1940s.
From the 1970s until 2013 he was active on the parish and then the district council, speaking to ChalfontsNews, Richard told us more about his father.
He said: “My Father was brought up in Pinner. He was a Sea Scout in the 1940s and was present as part of the parade at the 1948 Olympics in London.
“I recall my father telling me that as a child he watched the Battle of Britain unfold above him in the Summer of 1940. Sadly his brother Richard died of a brain tumour when he was only 12 and his parents separated so I think he had a traumatic childhood.
“He was the first person in his family to get an academic education and had a science career in printing inks and paint- and that drive for education combined with his sense of justice and doing right was very much part of that wartime generation. He was by no means old fashioned though.”
Talking about his time as a councillor and as a local resident, he added: “He spent his life defending the village from over development and improving facilities particularly schools.
“Most recently he came up with the idea for restoring the original Market Place sign in the village which will now always remind our family of him.
“His main interest was education and he was a governor of Robertswood School and The Chalfont Community College. He also ensured grants went to local causes such as the Youth Club in Chalfont St Peter but he was really proud of his involvement in the Colne Valley Regional Park.
“My father was on the council so long (both Chalfont St Peter Parish Council and Bucks County Council) that he was made an Honorary Alderman in 2014.”
Bruce had four sons, Richard, Roger, Andrew, and Stephen.