Dawson Longdon Obituary, Death – We regret to inform you of the demise of Dawson Longdon, a beloved member of the local community, at the age of 94. Posted by his son, Dave Longdon, this news gives a vivid picture of a life well-lived and strongly connected to the community. Dawson Longdon was one of five children born to his parents in Brinsley in 1928. In 1946, while he was a young adult, he volunteered for National Service in Germany.
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In 1960, he settled in Crich, where he became a well-known personality, running ‘The Beer Off’ in the market place before taking over Abbotts store by the Cross in the early ’70s with his wife, Eileen. Dawson’s infectiously positive demeanor was especially noticeable when he would deliver groceries while whistling. He was a brilliant trumpet player who performed with the Shirland Miners Welfare, Brassington Middleton & Wirksworth, and Crich Brass bands.
Despite his dedication to his career, Dawson also had a passion for football, rooting first for Nottingham Forest and then for Alfreton Town FC. His loyalty to the community was on display in his support of local teams like Matlock Town FC. Dawson found solace in the company of Janet Sanders after the death of his wife, Eileen; the two have traveled the world on countless vacations together over the past 23 years.
Beyond his immediate family, Dawson Longdon will be remembered by anyone who lived in Crich and were touched by his presence. On Tuesday, November 28 at 10 a.m., Dawson’s family will hold a memorial service at the Swanwick Crematorium. Dawson loved dogs, thus the family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Dogs Trust. Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dawson Longdon