Russell J A Alton

 

This is the home page of russellalton.co.uk and is a tribute to Wayne's father who died on 12 April 2008. This page contains links to photos of his Dad through the 83 years of his life, a copy of the service book, photos of the flowers and their message cards. There are also some facts and fond memories scattered across this page.

DID YOU KNOW..?

Below is the original drawing of the logo, drawn by Dad in 1982. It is the Foraise emblem and portrays the Alton family crest. The A's in the circle represent The Four Alton's, as it was... Dad, Michele, Nik and me. 

UPDATE: On Wednesday 19 October 2011, I had the family crest image tattooed on my left arm, below the shoulder. It was my first tattoo ever and I'm proud of it. The Certo Ceto words were replaced with Dad's birth and death dates.


FLOWERS

These were the flowers at the funeral service.

FLOWERS CARDS

...and the cards attached to the flowers.


MEMORIAL BOULDER IS IN PLACE 

Wendy from the crematorium called today whilst I was out running an errand or two, to let me know that the boulder had arrived. She added that it would be put into place, in one of the remembrance circles. Jezz and I took a drive over there and took a couple of photos of it.

DID YOU KNOW..?
One of Dad's cars was the Ford Zodiac Executive Mk. IV.

 

Thank you, everyone, for your kinds words of condolence, whether it be the words in a card or a thoughtful text. It was not only appreciated but definitely helped us get through a sad time, knowing that we were in your loving thoughts.

Wayne

 

 

Hi Wayne, just heard the sad news of your Dad's demise.  Best wishes during this difficult time.  I am thinking of you.

Michael Charlton

 

Don't really want to do this via text but didn't want to disturb you.  Very sorry to hear about your loss.  My thoughts are with you.  Take care, love,

Graham Morris

 

Just a short text to say how sorry I am.  I love you lots and am here for you 24/7.  I am in shock as I am sure you are.

Nick Ward

 

Just heard of your sad news.  Darling, my thoughts are with you.  I guess you're busy so I will call you in a few days.

Norma Crook

 

Hi - Nik has just told me about the passing of your Dad.  So sorry to hear that.  Take care.

Bubbs and Cam

 

Darling boy, I've just read your home page.  I'm so sorry... I don't know what I can say that'll make you feel better.  I'll call you tomorrow.  I love you.

Vicki Gardener

 

Dear Wayne,

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad I do hope it was peaceful and must have been quick. My thoughts are with you my dear friend and when I get back from Spain I will speak to you and hope life will have settled down for you.

Lots of love

DD XXXX

David Wallis

 

It is not always easy to say the right thing at such a sad time for you all.  I am sorry for your loss of your Dad and the hard times in front of you.  If there is any way I can support you I would be glad to. Sorry, 

Annabel & Paul

 

There has not been an hour that's gone by without me thinking of you.  You've probably received so many hugs already.  I hope that you have one left for me on Thursday. 

Kelly Alton

 

Hi there - sorry to hear about your loss.  Thinking about you and your family.

Paul Bigmore

 

We were so sorry to hear the sad news about your Dad.  We will be thinking of you on Thursday.  Much love, 

Sarah, John, James and Dan

 

Hi - Nick just told me about your Dad.  So sorry to hear that... I know how special a father is.  My thoughts are with you today, big hug, 

Mark Smit

 

My thoughts are with you today, 

Debbie and family

 

Sending you lots of love, stay strong, 

Nigel and Alan

 

With sympathy and thinking of you all 

Rhiannon & Lawrence

 

Thinking of you at this very sad time.  Hope all your happy memories can help ease your sorrow.  Love to you all, 

Kerry, Steve & the boys

 

Sorry to hear of the death of your father.  We are thinking of you and all of your family, 

Jan & Eddie

 

Sorry to hear the sad news.  You are in our thoughts.  God bless you all, 

Mandy, Tony & family

 

Your Dad was a lovely man.  Take care sweetheart, love, 

Mo & Fred

 

Thinking of you and your family at this time, with love, 

Karen

 

So sorry at your loss.  Our best wishes are with you all, 

Debbie, Alan, Iain & Holly

 

With deepest sympathy, 

Bet & Ken

 

Thinking of you, 

Ron & Barbara

 

All my love, 

Jacky & Emma

 

My sympathy and thoughts are with you. T.O.U., love, 

Kim

 

Thinking of you at this sad time, love, 

Rosie

 

Sorry to hear about your loss, with love, 

Mandy, Mark, Chloe & Sam

 

Our thoughts are with you, 

Brenda & Bob

 

Thinking of you. Lots of love, 

Laurie, John, Brook & Oliver

 

Sorry to hear of your loss, 

Andy, Caz, George & Hannah

 

So sorry to hear of your loss.  Thinking of you.  Sending lots of love, 

Lisa, Glenn, James, Luke, Joe, Harry & George

 

Thinking of you at this difficult time, love, 

Joyce & family

 

Sorry to hear about your Dad, Wayne... thinking of you. 

Debbie Dell

 

Sorry to hear about your sad loss.  Our thoughts are with you, 

Julie, Steve, Daisy & Ellie

 

You won't know me but I knew your Dad well when we were younger.  Lots of lovely memories, <I remember you, Dorothy> 

Dorothy

 

Wayne, I have just logged on to the website. I am so sorry to see you lost your Dad last year.  I remember him well... he was a lovely man and a true legend. 

Evelyn McDowell

 

DID YOU KNOW..?
Dad introduced me (Wayne) to so many varied types of music including Mantovani, José Feliciano, James Galway, Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro and a great deal of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photos of Dad

Here's a bunch of photos over the years of knowing this man as my Dad.

Vintage Photos of Dad

And here is the collection of vintage photos, scanned and added.

DID YOU KNOW..?
Dad's favourite song of all time was Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty. His favourite classical piece was O Mio Babbino Carro by Montserrat Caballe and his other favourite pop songs included I Love To Love (But My Baby Loves To Dance) by Tina Charles, Convoy by C.W. McCall and The Hustle by Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony.

I Remember...

One time when Mum and I tried to give him a haircut because his hair was so long but he refused to go to the barbers or pay for anyone to cut it so we had a go.
Well, you can just imagine what poor Grandad looked like after letting us loose with the scissors. We looked at him after we finished and thought; omg. What have we done?! Luckily Grandad saw the funny side of it and we all ended up in stitches.

~ Zoe

THE BOOK OF SERVICE

This is a link to the file that will allow you to view/download a copy of the funeral service book that Wayne created.

DAD - THANK YOU

A son's tribute to his father.
This was the script used for Wayne's eulogy.

DID YOU KNOW..?
Dad ran a café in the 1970s at Elm Road, New Malden, the very street where he was born.

DAD'S ENTRY INTO THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
This is the entry that has been entered in the Kingston's Book of Remembrance in 2009.

I Remember...

Being round at Grandad's, he'd be sitting in the armchair, snoring. I'd say: "Grandad...Grandad, you asleep..? Grandad?" Then he'd jump and say: "No. No, I was resting my eyes!"

~ Zoe

 

Where are you now, my Daddy?

 

Where are you now, my Daddy?
I went to phone you again, today
I needed help with a long word
Oh well, never mind, aye?

Where are you now, my Daddy?
I need the sound of your laughter
Can you hear my jokes still?
I still say them, but there's no sound after

Where are you now, my Daddy?
Please try and give me a sign
I'm not doing that well without you
Just a 'hello mate' would do fine

Where are you now, my Daddy?
Why do I feel so lost and alone?
I can't go on without you to guide me
Or driving to Tesco's on my own

Where are you now, my Daddy?
Are you looking? Am I making you proud?
If you could just give me a signal
A sound or a shape in a cloud

Where are you now, my Daddy?
Will this empty feeling ever end?
I sit here cold and lonely
With a broken heart that will never mend

 

~ Wayne Alton (27 April 2008) ~

DID YOU KNOW..?
Dad bought a single doughnut every Monday morning, in Tesco, without fail.

 

So Sad Without Dad

 

He was the force that dried my tears
He was the comfort of all my fears
When I think of all I had
I am left so sad, without Dad

Sitting, staring at the screen
Without him, where have I been?
With him alive, I felt only glad
Now it’s only sad, without Dad

It’s not just him that has gone
It’s the strength I had for so long
The order that kept me from going mad
That reminds me now why I’m sad, without Dad

Wonderful memories caress my heart
They mend and stop me from falling apart
I think again of all I had
Only then, is it not so sad, without Dad

 

~ Wayne Alton (22 June 2008) ~

I Remember...

I remember a saying Russell always used, which I use today. He used to knock on the bedroom door when we were in there and say: "stop that horizontal jogging!" Always made me laugh and I used it with my kids when I thought they were up to no good!
~ Debbie

 

That's What's Life's Like Now, Without Dad Here

 

Like one leg without a crutch
Or a feel without a touch
Or perhaps Starsky without Hutch
Is how I miss Dad so very much

To be a pair of shoes without the heels
Or a café that serves no meals
A chauffeured car yet no wheels
And without Dad, that’s how it feels

Oh, I’ve got the cuddle, but no teddy bear
I have the thrill of the rides but no fun fair
A never-ending road yet going nowhere
That’s what it’s like without Dad there

A group of cheerleaders, silent without cheer
Alone sat at the bar in a pub with no beer
A sad song and a hankie, but without a tear
That’s what life’s like now, without Dad here

Oh I could have a life of luxury and no debts to pay
To spend the rest of my life having my own way
But when I think of you Dad, d’you know what I say?
I’d give it all up in an instant, to have you back for one day

 

~ Wayne Alton (14 October 2008) ~

DID YOU KNOW..?
Ellen, a customer from Tesco's, Purley, Surrey, gave commiserations today, 16 June 2008, by adding; "he was a lovely man... one of life's gentlemen."
UPDATE: That line still makes me tearful... every time I read it.

 

Was That You Last Night?

 

Was that you last night?
It did give me quite a fright
A strong yet gentle breeze
That started way down at my knees

It then gradually came up to my face
It was at a constant and steady pace
It was an unusual breeze of air
Unlike any, I’d felt before, sat there

It’s just, and I don’t mean to be rude
But if that was a sign, it can be so misconstrued
I’m longing to know and feel that you are there
If you are then why am I still so unaware?

I’ve been without you for a whole year now
How I have managed I just don’t know how
But then listening to music that reminds me of you
Has both brought on and held back a tear or two

And with each day I look up at your face
Hoping, yet knowing you’re in a much better place
Instead of this vile, decaying world so rotten
Where great men like you are so readily forgotten

Dad, you’re the last of the best, that’s for sure
They really don’t make them like you anymore

 

~ Wayne Alton (9 May 2009) ~

I Remember...

I have a funny thought about Grandad at Christmastime when we would all go there and I used to watch him make vol-au-vents and his nose would drip into them. I'd say: "Grandad, your nose just dripped into the food" and he'd say: "Nonsense! Anyway, gives it a bit of flavour!"
~ Zoe

 

Seventh Christmas Without You, Dad

 

This is our 7th Christmas without you Dad
I said a few years back I ain’t doing so well
But it’s the real reason why I am so sad
I try to hide it… and I think they can’t tell

I feel the emptiness you felt back then
When Betty died that Christmas Eve
Will I feel happiness at Christmas ever again?
Will this ache in my heart ever leave?

They say: “Stop living in the past! It’s time to let go,
Get on with your life and move on”
But they didn’t have a Dad like you, so what do they know?
Besides, thinking of you helps me along!

So wherever you are, Merry Christmas Dad
You’re not forgotten in my heart or my head
And when I think of all the things that I once had
I forget them all and think of you instead

 

~ Wayne Alton, Christmas Eve, 2014 ~

DID YOU KNOW..?

On 24 November 2014, I (Wayne) had my fourth tattoo. This time it was of Dad's signature and I had it on my left forearm. Dad had neat handwriting and he taught me calligraphy. I used it to create my signature.

 

A Catch Up Chat With Dad

 

Hiya Pops, how’s it going?
“How’s yer bum for spots?” Whatcha’ knowin’
It’s been eight years now, did you know?
Blimey, where does the time all go?

Do you remember that sweet wrapper you made?
I’ve still got it and while colours fade
The shape and the folds remain
M for Michele, N for Nik and W for Wayne

Well it gave me an idea or two
I created a design from it and had a tattoo
It’s just down from the other one I had done
It’s of your signature, I love that one

I was talking to Zoe about you last week, as you do
She’s got some fun and lovely memories of you
She recalled some of the funny sayings you had
Such an odd feeling… laughing while feeling sad

Oh and Dad, I went to the crematorium the other week
Sorry I haven’t been in a while, it did look a bit bleak
But I refreshed the flowers and cleaned the plaque
And did my usual walking away but looking back

I haven't spoken to you since Aunty Gwen passed away
That was another sad and mournful day
But I hope you got to hear my eulogy I read out
I can’t be sure but I reckon you were about

Well the move went ok and we’ve settled in now
We got here in the end but I don’t know how
Don’t know what you’d think of shoes off at the door
No smoking outside, let alone indoors!

Hey, Dad… you’d be proud, I’m looking after your tools
Everything in its place… the household rules
And although your shrine has reduced just a tad
There are keepsakes of you around so it’s not so bad

And have you seen me at the gym, trying to keep fit?
It’s not helping me fitness much and I ache quite a bit
And I’m not noticing much change on me weekly weigh-in
But if you’re there watching… I know what you’re saying

‘Cos remember what you’d say when we were out and about?
An old bloke in shorts running by, all puffed out
Instead of us admiring his concerns for his health
You’d say aloud: “The silly sod… he’ll kill himself”

Anyway, just wanted to say hi and that I still think of you dear
There’s not a day goes by that I don’t have you near
Right me old man, I’ll be off now then
Speak to you again soon, TTFN

 

~ Wayne Alton (14 April 2016) ~

I Remember...

Grandad, Michele and I were all upstairs getting ready one morning when the 'Bartman' song came on (from the Simpsons). It was very popular then and it had a dance to go with it. So we all lined up in the hallway and did the Bartman dance going down the hall...It was so funny seeing Grandad do it. 
~ Zoe

DID YOU KNOW..?

Wayne spent many years wanting a portrait of his Dad as a tattoo and finally, on 23 June 2018, he arranged it and Ben Hamill did the tattoo. It was from his tattoo studio, Duffy's in Farnborough, Surrey. It initially cost £450.

I Remember...

He was a wonderful man, the few times I met him made me wish I had a relationship like yours with my dad. 
- Tony

I Remember...

I have so many wonderful memories of Russell. I still have pleasant dreams about him today. 
- Pete