It’s with a heaviness of heart that I write about the passing of my dear friend and colleague Barry Albin-Dyer who passed away peacefully after a long illness.
I would like to send my deepest sympathy to Simon and Jon and all those that knew and loved him.
Barry Albin-Dyer grew up above F. A. Albin & Son Funeral Directors and took over the running of the business in 1986, around the time I first met him. We worked together for nearly 30 years, with him always striving for the best deal, me always trying to meet his aspirations.
I always looked forward to our long lunches and was privileged to be invited to a few of Barry’s legendary breakfast meetings where his whole firm would gather together.
Barry and I would spend hours going through the minute detail of ordering his new fleet. His attention to details was superb, spending an enormous amount of time ensuring his fleet was built with all sorts of minor individual touches and specifications to make the vehicles as efficient and practical as possible for his team, and striving to be the best.
A Funeral Director is not normally known as a Showman, however Barry made that unique combination seem natural and effortless. Barry will be known for changing the perception of a Funeral Director through his extensive Media presence and by introducing an online diary, a museum and publishing a book. A rare mix of a traditionalist but equally happy to embrace the best of the modern ways.
Overall Barry cared, about his role in life, about his staff, customers and families. His passion shone through in everything he did.
We will all miss him greatly – we will never see his like again.
Rest in peace my dear friend, Barry Albin-Dyer.