It was with great sadness we learnt that Andy Miller had died shortly after being admitted to hospital on 28th June.
He had been with Harvey’s ‘man and boy’, having arrived aged 16 in March 1971 and completed 50 years service with the company this year – a milestone which he had long announced would mark his retirement.
He would fondly recall meeting Fred Shepherd, the Youth Employment Officer, in the street during the intervening years and being greeted with the words ‘Hello - It’s my greatest success story!’
After commencing work in the bottling stores, Andy transferred to the drays – where he worked for thirteen years – before returning to the cask shed and racking cellar. He was a fount of knowledge on innumerable subjects and extremely well read. Beer was a passion, as was his time spent in the inns of Lewes. A legend in his own lifetime, he will be sorely missed.
His funeral service will take place at midday on Thursday 22nd July (which would have been his 67th birthday) at the Downs Crematorium in Brighton. At 11 o’clock that morning Andy’s hearse will drive through the brewery cask shed, passing from Harvey’s Way to Cliffe High Street, so that friends and colleagues can pay their respects and the company flag will be flown at half mast. Thereafter it will pass all the hostelries of Lewes that he frequented before making the final journey to Brighton.
All of us at Harvey’s will remember him fondly. We send our deepest sympathy to his family.