A WIGAN business boss died as he finally fulfilled a lifelong ambition of attending the Glastonbury festival.
Alan Berry suffered a fatal heart attack in his tent last Saturday at the world-famous event.
The 64-year-old was a self-made man having started on the buses as a conductor and risen to be co-owner of the former Wigan Bus Company.
The Latics fan from Bamfurlong leaves behind wife, Lorraine, 57, daughter Rachel, 31, son Joe, sister Irene and two grandchildren, Bobby and Maya.
Heartbroken Joe, who accompanied his dad to the festvial and who found him collapsed in the morning, today paid tribute.
The 26-year-old said: “He was such a friendly person who always spoke his mind to anybody.
“He enjoyed going away on holiday with his family and socialising with friends especially going watching Wigan Athletic - which he loved.
“My dad has been a season ticket holder for more than 20 years, watching them home and away and saw them play away in Europe.
“His passion for the team was admirable and he enjoyed every single match no matter if they won or lost. Winning the FA Cup was definitely one of his highlights.
“He was also a keen gardener and enjoyed oil painting.”
Alan spent most of his career working on the buses, starting off as a conductor and working his way up to become joint owner of the Wigan Bus Company. It was taken over by Arriva but Alan remained with the new owner until his retirement two years ago.
Alan was married to his sweetheart Lorraine for more than 36 years.
As word of the tragedy spread, scores of people took to social media to express their condolences to his family.
The Latics fan page In Whelan we Trust paid tribute, writing: “Alan was a lifelong season ticket holder and travelled to many away games too.
“He lived his life to the absolute full and our condolences are to his wife and family.
“He will be sadly missed by all and as this news broke the one word people said was he was a true gentleman. Simply, you couldn’t wish to meet a nicer bloke and one of our own. Rest in peace.”
And Natalie Tolley wrote: “There are simply no words that will make any sense of this weekend. Making what felt like the longest journey ever yesterday to get my little bro Kevin home from Glastonbury, following the very sudden loss of a true gent, Alan. My heart is with you Lorraine, Joe and Rachel Xxx”.
The funeral will take place at Ince Crematorium, Cemetery Road Off, Warrington Road, on Friday July 10 at 1pm.
This will be followed by a wake at Stubshaw Cross Labour Club.