Barry Albin-Dyer – Bermondsey funeral director and well-known local personality – has died after a long illness. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013.

Barry worked long-established family firm of FA Albin & Sons for 45 years and been its proprietor since 1985.

He had also served as a magistrate and a deputy lieutenant of Greater London.

His sons Simon and Jon posted this message on the company website on Saturday:

It is with much sadness that we have to inform you that Dad passed away today.
He fought to the end.
We are so proud of him and we offer our sincere thanks for all the many prayers and messages of support that we have received.
You will appreciate that this is a very difficult time for our family and all the staff at Albins.
We will issue a further update in the coming days.
Love to you all
Simon & Jon

His autobiography Don’t Drop the Coffin was turned into an ITV series.

* Read Barry’s 2006 interview with The Observer.

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