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In Memory of Andrew Hutton

He studied a post graduate diploma in Urban Planning for 2 years at the Oxford Polytechnic, graduating in 1971.

Andrew Hutton

Obituary written by Jennifer Hadland
(for Root & Branch, the Yorks RTPI newsletter)

"It is sad to note that Andrew Martin Hutton, 63, died suddenly and unexpectedly on 4 September 2012.

"A kind and caring man, who spent the majority of his life working as a Chartered Town Planner, Andrew was a member of the RTPI (Yorkshire) and during his professional life, worked for both the local government (Hull City Council and Ryedale District Council) and the private sector (Smiths Gore).

"Born in Huddersfield in 1948 the family soon moved to Walsall, where he spent his school days, before moving to Matlock in Derbyshire to complete his sixth form education. He kept up those friendships from Matlock Sixth Form, meeting regularly through the years.

"Andrew was the very first Planner at Smiths Gore. At the start, as the sole specialist within the firm, by working with non specialist colleagues and directly for major clients, he covered the whole of England. His application and ability allowed him to forge strong relationships with clients and fellow colleagues. From these beginnings, the Planning department has grown. There are now five offices offering planning advice to clients across the UK.

"Andrew was a kind, caring and patient man, very articulate and logical; a born planner. His eyesight began to deteriorate in 2006 and he was eventually registered as partially sighted due to Macular Degeneration, a setback which he bore with his usual quiet dignity. His ability to embrace technology and use innovative approaches to his work allowed him to continue working until he retired in November 2011.

In addition to his love of planning, Andrew was a keen sportsman. As a young man he enjoyed athletics, football and cricket, continuing to enjoy sport all his life; however, in particular, Andrew will be remembered for his love of music. Not only did Andrew enjoy listening to music, especially Soul and Blues, he was a wonderfully skilled musician and played the accordion and piano.

"Andrew met his wife Bev in 2005 through that mutual love of music, especially Nina Simone. They quickly found that they shared many other interests including Art and Travel and they went on to marry in 2009. Despite his health problems, a time of real joy for Andrew filled with highlights such as; Blues festivals; several trips to the eastern Mediterranean; a memorable visit to The States.

"Sadly all too short.  He will be dearly missed and our thoughts go out to his family and friends".

Pat Sudor wrote: “I first met Andy on the planning course at Oxford Poly (now Oxford Brookes), and got to know him better when we were both area DC officers at Ryedale. He was later promoted to Deputy there before going to Smiths Gore. I also ran into him at blues events, including a memorable Jools Holland concert. He was a nice guy who went far too early”.