Alan Robert Westray, who was one of the Isle of Wight's first coronavirus victims, died in St Mary's Hospital on April 9, aged 80.

He was born in Ealing, London on March 13, 1940, to parents Robert and Elsie Westray.

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He attended Wood End Primary School in Ealing then briefly Wood End Senior School before his parents moved to the Isle of Wight in 1952 to run the San Rosa Guest House in Station Avenue, Sandown.

Alan then completed his education at the Fairway Secondary Modern School, Sandown.

On leaving school at 15 he became an electrical apprentice with Bill Overs in Sandown.

After his apprenticeship, Alan moved to London to work at Imperial College before moving to Perivale to train to service and repair Hoover appliances.

He then returned to the Island, where he established his own business in Fort Street, Sandown, servicing Hoover appliances mainly for the hotel trade.

He also worked in boat salvage around the world with his friend Terry Connolly and it was when working to repair a stricken boat My Suki on the south coast that he came up with the idea of using the name for his first daughter Suki.

In 1973 the family, Alan, his then wife Susan and Suki, moved to South Africa, where they spent five years working in the safari business, again maintaining vehicles and equipment.

They returned to the Isle of Wight in 1978 and Alan worked at Teknacron in Shanklin before the onset of rheumatoid arthritis forced his premature retirement in 1990.

Always a dapper, debonaire man, Alan had fashionable shoes made by an Island shoemaker who usually specialised in orthotic shoes and he visited London to get made-to-measure shoes.

His other interests included Lambretta scooters which he owned up until his death.

Scuba diving, fishing and watch renovation were other hobbies.

His love of modern jazz led him to visit Ronnie Scott's in London on many occasions and he was a big supporter of jazz on the Isle of Wight.

On the Island his hangouts were Hernandez Hideaway in Shanklin and the Copacabana Club in Sandown, where he worked on the door and was known as Mr G. for his fondness for gin.

Carole White, his sister, and he were known by their friends as the Odd Couple and remained extremely close throughout their lives.

He was also very close to his friend of 75 years John Elliott.

He is survived by daughters Suki and Lara, sister Carole, his former wife Susan, son-in-law Jerome, grandsons Michael Alan Stockham and Brittany Stockham, as well as great grandson, also Michael Alan Stockham.

A private funeral is to be held in the near future with a celebration of life to be held at a date to be confiremd later in the year.