The Town Flag is flying at half-mast on Tuesday 28 June to mark the funeral of Brian Tonkin, Town Clerk of Abingdon 1985 to 2000. Brian died on 21 May at the age of 81. Brian and his wife Averil lived in a care home in Faringdon and Brian had been poorly for some years.
Brian was very well known in Abingdon. He worked at the Vale of White Horse DC before being appointed Town Clerk in 1985 and retired in 2000. He was active in the town including with Abingdon Town FC and the Rotary Club.
On 23 June Brian’s wife of 58 years, Averil, passed away at the age of 82 and so they had a joint funeral. Averil was also very active in the town including in the Inner Wheel.
Brian and Averil are survived by his daughter Faye, son Lee and grandchildren. Any cards/ letters may be sent via Edward Carter Funeral Directors, 107 South Avenue, Abingdon. OX14 1QS. Any donations in Brian’s memory to the RNLI.
Brian and Averil will be fondly remembered by all who knew them for their humour and their love of Abingdon; they will be greatly missed by all who knew them.