In loving memory of Alan Govinden who sadly passed away on 3rd November
The funeral service was held on Tuesday 30th November at Mortlake Crematorium.
In lieu of floral tributes we invite you to donate to help young Jonathan in future life. He is severely autistic and unable to comprehend that his father has just unexpectedly passed away.
Met Alan at Blackburn when I was manager in 2008
Our friendship grow from there we shared lots of great times together
Particularly when I was at West Ham United for 4years
A Gentleman and very generous
My condolences to his family at his unexpected death
Alan was a dear friend to my son Bertie and to me. He was always generous with his time, his thoughts and his encouragement of my charitable work and the challenges of fatherhood about which we enjoyed many conversations. He leaves behind a lovely family who it has been my pleasure to meet on a number of occasions where fine food and football often featured. My love and best wishes is with them
Sir Peter Wanless
May you rest in peace. It has been a pleasure knowing you especially that very first time when we met in Lincoln many years ago. I’m really glad we were able to meet again at Jim’s birthday party although that would the final time.
You will always be remembered for your great sense of humour and above all your generosity and kindness.
My condolences to your grieving family.
I am deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Alan’s passing. I greatly enjoyed Alan’s company and generous hospitality on many occasions and I will always be grateful for the support he gave to the work of the National Autistic Society. My thoughts and love are with his beloved family
The National Autistic Society, are incredibly sad to hear of Alan’s passing. Alan was a wonderful man, whose kindness, altruism, philanthropy and generosity of spirit did the world of good for the autistic community.
Alan raised enormous sums for the charity through the AMG Ball, which have been hugely impactful in supporting autistic people and their loved ones across the UK. In our work with Alan, especially when organising the AMG Ball, he was always warm, helpful and incredibly generous. Countless staff members were recipients of his remarkable hospitality and subsequently commented on what a pleasure it was to meet and chat with Alan.
Through his charity work, Alan made an enormous contribution to public life and improved the lives of thousands of people. At the National Autistic Society, we feel both enormous gratitude for the incredible contribution he made in supporting autistic people, yet simultaneously sadness and grief that Alan is no longer with us.
The world is a poorer place for his passing.
With deepest sympathies,
Caroline Stevens, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society’
Remembering Alan’s generosity and love for life will forever remain in my heart. May he rest in peace and live on within the memories of all his loved ones.
He has been an inspiring friend, figure and mentor.
It saddens me to know I will not be able to share another glass of red wine at The Dorchester however memories will stay forever.
His upcoming movie “Prisoners of Paradise” will be there to remind us all how generous, proud and happy he has been … discovering his beloved Mauritius will be on my list of future travel.
I miss you, your friend Emmanuel!
Emmanuel Vidon – Dorchester Collection
We have all lost a wonderful friend and the world has to say goodbye to one of its most generous philanthropists.
We will miss you Alan and all the fun times myself and so many others enjoyed with you.
Your memory will live on and you will be forever in our hearts
Alan’s friendship has been a source of happiness and brotherhood to me for many years now and his passing has brought great sadness not only to me but to my family as well. There is some,but not much,consolation in the fact that he managed to complete Prisoners of Paradise which was his life-long dream,Today,he has left behind a testimony of his own life story.His warmth and humanity made him a hero to many people around him.
My deepest sympathy goes to Maria,Emilio,Julia,Clara ,Elliot and Jonathan.
You will be sorely missed my friend.
I am truly saddened and shocked about your sudden passing Alan. I will always remember what a devoted husband & father you was and how proud you was of them all. I hope in time all the wonderful memories you created with them will bring comfort and help to heal their broken hearts Rest in peace Alan. Sonia x
Alan was an incredibly generous man who dreamt big but also acted on those dreams, which many do not…I enjoyed many a meeting over wine and food at his beloved China Tang where he would sit and talk to me about his hopes for the films and music projects he invested his time, energy and spirit over many years with a twinkle in his eye and a youthful smile. From what I knew he touched the hearts of many people and lived every moment to achieve what he wanted in life, even if some told him he was mad to try. I truly admired him for that tenacity, he made things happen because of it.
Bless you Alan. Bless your lovely family who I was fortunate enough to meet on a few occasions. I’m sure you’re up there enjoying fine food and wine holding court with that same twinkle in your eye.
Alan a man of fire & passion.
It was wonderful to hear you talking
Of your newest film “Prisoners in
May your onward journey be as exciting
As the journey you had on Earth .
My deepest sorrow goes out to Maria .Clara .Julia. Elliott .Emilio & Jonathan .
Love & light Maria & Joao
On behalf of myself and the team at Americana we send our deepest condolences with the sudden passing of Alan. He booked his travel with us for many years and was a personal friend. I recall the many meals we shared at China Tang at the Dorchester and the great conversations we had together. He was truly a talented individual and inspiring family man.
He will be missed dearly by us all. Bless him and those he leaves behind.
Lots of love to you all from The Americana team. Mike, Ankur, Jason, Neha & Amita
Alan Govinden was a wonderful man & a very dear friend.
– Your Presence will be sorely missed by me & all your friends at Watford Football Club.
– Your memories I will always treasure.
– Missing you always.
– Forgetting you never.
I look forward to your Movie Prisoners of Paradise which will be an excellent tribute to your great work & life.
My thoughts are with your loving family.
Emin Alibey Watford Football Club
Alan Govinden was both a gentleman and a GENTLE man who embraced life with an unmatched boyish zeal. No challenge was too big for Alan who embarked on each journey with his beautiful and devoted wife Maria by his side. Together they reflected a partnership of inimitable optimism and sweet romance. Alan’s love of and pride in his family was always at the forefront. And his successes are replicated in those successes achieved by each of his children. Alan was respected and admired for his creativity, compassion, and commitment to causes near and dear to him and his family. Alan’s laughter and sense of humor were a blessing to all who were fortunate enough to experience. His smile was award-winning and uplifting and made one feel that life was good even if life was difficult. If every man could match the heart and soul of this man, the world would be a better place. I am so very fortunate to have known Alan Govinden. As I offer my deepest heartfelt condolences to his family and his many friends, I remain heartbroken. Rest in peace … my dear friend. You will be forever missed.
Alan was a friend, a brother to me. We shared so many memorable moments together. In good times or in difficult times, we were together. He managed to complete his dream – Prisoners of Paradise despite the adversity. A formidable person so dear to me. He will be missed and remembered during my lifetime.
The only man I know who could be a friend, brother and father figure rolled into one.
I have had the pleasure of knowing you for many years. You have been all of the above to me throughout. I will always respect and remember our friendship. You were the most selfless friend anyone could ever have.
I love you my friend x
Forever grateful for your kindness and friendship when my children were at boarding school at King’s, Canterbury could never forget such sweet gestures ! Particularly towards Raquel.
May his soul rest in peace,
Lots of love
I am deeply saddened to learn of Alan’s untimely death.I lost touch with Alan in 1977 when I left Lincoln. We were in the same nurse training set and shared the same nurses home for over 3 years. He was like a brother to me and he even gave me my nickname – Vic. My deepest sympathy to the whole family. I would love to meet his family and share my thoughts and the great time me and Alan experienced in the seventies.
I am so sorry to be so late but I have only just learned of Alan’s passing today.
I met Alan when I worked with Elton John and we became great friends over many years. He was a remarkable man with a special aura and huge charisma.
I loved our regular lunches at China Tang and we did not stop talking and laughing.
May your memory be a blessing .
Sending all my love to the Family and I am thinking of you all.