Vet who died suddenly will be forever ‘surrounded by nature’ after his woodland burial

Allan John Smith died suddenly at the age of 72

Allan John Smith died suddenly at the age of 72

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Tributes have been made to a vet whose career spanned more than 40 years.

Allan John Smith, 72, died suddenly on September 20.

Mr Smith started working as a veterinary assistant in 1966 and went on to operate on cats, dogs, rabbits, snakes, lizards – and even a zoo animal or two – at surgeries in Lytham and South Shore.

He continued to work part-time in Cleveleys and Lytham until 2015.

Animal-lover Allan was laid to rest at the Dalton Woodland Burial Ground near South Lakes in Cumbria. A keen gardener, his family said they take comfort in knowing that he will continue to be surrounded by nature.

His wife, Susan, said: “He loved the birds in the garden and spending time outside. We think he would have thought a woodland burial was appropriate.”

Mr Smith leaves behind a wife, two sons Richard and David, and two dogs – Whippet William and Jack Russell Robbie.