An award-winning bricklayer, who helped set up an Over-60s club in Bury St Edmunds and inspired a Bury Free Press campaign, has passed away aged 78.
Brian Yallop, of Bury, restored and worked on several historic buildings around the area and, following his retirement, established the Over-60s Club with his friend Ernie Broom on the Howard estate.
An avid Ipswich Town FC fan, he regularly attended matches with his grandson Russell Claydon, sports editor for the Bury Free Press.
When Mr Yallop was diagnosed with Dementia with Lewy Bodies, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, Russell kickstarted the BFP Defeat Dementia Campaign to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
His wife of 57 years Pearl said: “He was a proper family man. He was just full of life and he would talk to anyone.
“He would go to a football match, turn around and make friends with anyone. Even though he was ill, his personality shone through and he was all smiley.”
Mr Yallop was born in Cromer and moved to Pakenham in 1956 where he met his future wife at a youth club. They later moved to Bury.
He completed his apprenticeship as a bricklayer with Bakers, of Thurston, and went on to work for various builders in and around Bury.
Mr Yallop showcased his skills on several historic buildings including the restoration of the Unitarian Meeting House, in Churchgate Street, Bury.
He also won an architectural award for his work on Chantry House, in Bury, restored the roof on Wimpole Hall and worked on many churches in the area.
Mr Yallop was treasurer of the Over-60s Club on the Howard estate and served on the Havebury Housing Tenants Committee.
He leaves three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His funeral is at West Suffolk Crematorium on Thursday, November 17 at 1.30pm.
Instead of flowers, his family are asking for donations to the Defeat Dementia campaign. Text DEFEAT to 70099 to donate £2, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/bfpdefeatdementia or by cheque to Freepost RTCX-BRAG-YSUH, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Bury Free Press Apppeal, 3 Riverside, Granta Park, CB21 6AD.