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Graham Pellatt

Graham Pellatt

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A MAN who inspired thousands of people to take up careers in construction has died at the age of 63.

Graham Pellatt taught construction at Highbury College, Cosham, for 33 years and at Chichester College for four years before he retired in 2010.

After retiring, he continued to work part-time monitoring standards for qualification-awarding body Ascentis.

He started his career as a trainee electrician at 15, but after a medical test showed he was colour blind, he had to leave and chose bricklaying as his next path.

The lecturer, born in Fareham in 1950, had also been honoured for his long career through The News’ We Can Do It Awards in 2010.

Mr Pellatt met wife June in 1967 and they married the year after at the Peter and St Paul Church, in Osborn Road, Fareham.

Mr Pellatt was diagnosed with liver cancer earlier this year and died at the Rowans Hospice on Friday, May 2 following a short illness.

During the last days of his life, his family took him to see the bluebells in the woods as part of his last wish.

Mr Pellatt, of Redwood Drive, Portchester, was a member of the Guild of Bricklayers and a member of the Portchester Allotment Holders and Gardeners’ Association.

He was also a regular face at Portchester pubs the Wicor Mill and Seagull.

Mr Pellatt leaves behind wife June, sons Andrew, 45, and Anthony, 43, and grandchildren Tudor, 17, Leti, nine, Keeley, eight and Caitlin, seven.

Mrs Pellatt, 64, said: ‘He loved his work. Everybody who knew Graham loved him. He will be very dearly missed.’

Mr Pellatt’s funeral takes place at 1.45pm on Tuesday, May 20 at Portchester Crematorium.

All who knew him are invited. The family requests family flowers only, with donations made to the Rowans Hospice.

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