It is with deep regret that we have been informed of the death, peacefully in his sleep, of the former Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Allan Willett CMG CVO at his Chilham home on 18 July 2015.
The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, said today:
“We are all very sorry to hear the sad news of the death of Allan Willett last Saturday.
Allan was a very loyal and generous friend of Canterbury Cathedral. For many years, he served as a Trustee of the Canterbury Cathedral Trust Fund, including three years as Chairman; indeed, he was instrumental in the launch of the current Appeal in 2006, and he provided wise counsel on many occasions. In the Summer of 2014, he was present with his family when a new stained glass window was dedicated in the Cloisters; it was designed by Alison Eaton from the Cathedral’s Stained Glass Studio and commissioned by the Dean & Chapter to mark Allan’s great contribution to the Cathedral’s ministry and restoration.
He was an exemplary Lord Lieutenant of Kent, until he retired, as is customary, on his 75th birthday, and devoted much of his time to both military and civic charities across the county. He was passionate about Kent and particularly Canterbury Cathedral, and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow Anne and all the family”.