TSJ is sad to report that Vic Allen of J W Allen Tilers passed away on Friday 17th March after a prolonged battle with poor health.
Vic first began tiling in the late 1950s when working for his father on tiling contracts in the days of ‘sand & cement’ or ‘compo tiling’ as he used to call it.
J.W. Allen Tilers originated in 1958 and grew into one of the most respected tiling companies in the Greater London area. Working alongside his late brother Mick, Vic established within the firm an apprentice scheme that saw many young tilers progress through the company, often going on to establish their own tiling business and returning to Vic for advice and help Vic always took great pride in seeing his tilers going it alone after spending many years working under his direction and guidance.
J W Allen Tilers was the tiler’s tiler. Other tiling contractors would sub-let certain contracts that had to be finished to the highest of standards to Vic knowing he would respect confidentiality and meet the exacting standards. In Vic’s passing, the tiling industry has lost one of the true masters of the trade.
“I had the pleasure of working for and with Vic for several years. The most important thing to Vic, outside of his family, was the business of tiling; and that we did every job right because it was his family name and reputatio). He expected high standards because he set them! And, when you did a job well, you knew it because Vic recognised the importance of praise; but he also told you when you were wrong.
Vic loved his family life, his holidays in the sun, snooker and, in his retirement, indoor bowls, gardening and attending his local British Legion club. Vic was a very open, honest and generous person, and a genuine man to work for – and with.” George Kellett of IYJS
“I have very fond memories of Vic, who was always very hospitable and did what he could to teach me about the practicalities of the tiling industry. Vic was always very open minded and generous with his time and knowledge. I once spent five days working with J W Allen on site, at Feltham Young Offenders Institute, to better understand contracting. Vic’s love of life and golf was infectious. He was a genuinely nice man with a lovely family and a wide circle of friends, and he never seemed to lose his down to earth approach to life.” Paul Wallis of Strata Tiles.
“Vic, like his brother Mick, were great characters in the trade and many tilers will have fond memories of working alongside them and some learning their trade with Vic as their mentor. Vic was a long serving member of the NMTFA and enjoyed the outings and company of the old guard of the fixing fraternity. He often reminded me of his time at Wilson and Wylie with fond memories of the projects he was involved in and now he joins the great Architect above, along with his brother Mick and other tile fixing legends; no doubt exchanging views on how metres a day they could fix in their prime.” Bob Howard MBE , The Tile Association.
Vic is survived by his wife Doreen and two daughters, Dawn and Angela. He will be much missed and remembered by all who knew him.
Vic’s funeral service will be held on:
Monday April 3rd @ 2.40 pm at
Hanworth Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Feltham, Middx.
There will be a reception held afterwards in what was Vic’s ‘watering hole’ at the Hanworth Royal British Legion Club, located on Cross Road, Hanworth, about a 10 minute drive from the crematorium.