Topic: David John Allan (1936-2008)

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Dave Allan was a valued customer of the New Zealand Room at the Tauranga City Library.

David John Allan (c1937-2008)

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David John Allan was born on 4 April 1936.

During his life he travelled extensively, one of his trips being a bicycle tour of England in his youth.

Throughout his life he wrote poetry, three of which can be found below. Two are about the New Zealand Room at the Tauranga City Library:


I have travelled the old roads where
my past has lived
I have knocked on many doors
some have let me in
The journey has made me weary
I stumble at every bend
But the ladies in the New Zealand Room
will help me reach the end.


The inner sanctum is no more
The books have moved upstairs
This leaves me with a problem sad
How does Dave get up there?
Perhaps I'll step two by two
To prove that I am younger
or serenely ride the lift aloft
To show I've lost my thunder.


I am old
My legs are lazy
I am old
My mind is hazy.
I am aged
My golf is sad
I am aged
My eyes are bad.
I am old
Don't like halloweens
I am old
Hate rocket teens.
I am aged
But all's not done
I am aged
But xmas is still fun.

Dave died, aged 71, on 13 February 2008.

His death notice appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times on 15 February 2008:

ALLAN, David John. - Aged 71 years. Passed away on 13 February 2008. Much loved brother of Bruce and Diane. Loved uncle of Philip and Pip, John and Wendy, Andrew and Min, Patrick and Philip. Loved great uncle of Michael, Steven, Samantha, Taylor, Donovan and Vincent. A service for David will be held at the Hillsdene Chapel, 143 / 13th Ave, Tauranga, on Monday 18 February at 11am followed by a private cremation. In lieu of flowers donations to Waipuna Hospice P O Box 1156, Tauranga would be appreciated & may be left at the service. All communications to the Allan Family C/- P.O. Box 650, Tauranga - JONES. (Bay of Plenty Times, 15 February 2008, p. 29)

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David John Allan (1936-2008)

First Names:David John
Last Name:Allan
Date of Birth:4 April 1936
Date of death:13 February 2008
Place of death:Tauranga

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