Mas­ter tai­lor trib­ute

Much loved ‘mayor of Wind­sor Street’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

FRIENDS and fam­ily of much loved Uxbridge tai­lor known af­fec­tion­ately as the ‘un­of­fi­cial mayor of Wind­sor Street’ have paid trib­ute to him fol­low­ing his death aged 81.

Al­berto Wusche started his busi­ness in the 1970s at the back of Pear­sons the Mens Wear Shop run by Eric Wig­gins – which is now the The Good Yarn pub – be­fore tak­ing over an old florists in 1993 with a mis­sion to bring a touch of Sav­ile Row to Uxbridge. He learned his trade from his fa­ther-in­law and af­ter start­ing in Toot­ing, moved via Sav­ile Row to Har­row and then Uxbridge. His daugh­ter Vicki de­scribed him as “a nat­u­ral who would amaze clients by draw­ing de­signs for suits up­side down so they could watch the shape of the suit ap­pear in front of them”.

A mas­ter of his trade, he would of­ten look at a man, go out the back, col­lect a jacket and hand it over to a con­fused cus­tomer. In­structed to try on the jacket the cus­tomer was as­ton­ished at how per­fectly it fit.

The shop was a labour of love for Al­berto, who could be found there most Sun­days in his track suit cre­at­ing and de­sign­ing

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries new shelves or ways to dis­play cuff­links and ties.

He en­joyed chat­ting to fel­low shop keep­ers and was of­ten found wan­der­ing the street hav­ing a nat­ter. Scott Bal­cony of Bal­cony Shirts de­scribed him on Twit­ter as “one of my favourite hu­mans on earth”.

A suc­ces­sion of friends and fam­ily worked as his “able as­sis­tants” in­clud­ing daugh­ters Vicki and Nicki, his grand­daugh­ters Kim­ber­ley and Char­lie, and his wife Jean who spent many years work­ing by his side in Wind­sor Street.

Al­bero, or Berti as he was known to fam­ily and close friends, was renowned as a kind and gen­er­ous man – full of sto­ries and cre­ative ideas, and a fair amount of mis­chief. Dur­ing his time at Uxbridge Dress­wear Hire he is said to have “im­proved the wed­ding pho­tos of lit­er­ally thou­sands of peo­ple” by ad­vis­ing grooms and fa­thers on how to wear a suit and how to pose.

Thou­sands of young men may at­tribute their first kisses at a prom to Al­berto’s les­son in how to pose “like James Bond” in a freshly hired din­ner suit, his fam­ily said.

Al­berto spent 10 years post­pon­ing the de­ci­sion to re­tire, fi­nally tak­ing the plunge in Spring 2014.

By then a heart prob­lem had been di­ag­nosed but he con­tin­ued to be ac­tive, in­vent­ing a num­ber of de­vices in­clud­ing a safety sys­tem for older peo­ple.

His death on Satur­day Novem­ber 7, the day af­ter his fi­nal visit to Wind­sor street, was sud­den and un­ex­pected.

Daugh­ter Vicki added: “This has been a very sad and trau­matic time but the mes­sages, sto­ries and sup­port from ev­ery­one that knew him has been a great com­fort to the fam­ily.” Al­berto’s fu­neral was held on Novem­ber 30 with the hearse vis­it­ing Wind­sor Street be­fore head­ing to Break­s­pear East Cre­ma­to­rium. SCHOOL­CHILD­REN have been learn­ing how hearts and lungs work on a visit to Harefield Hos­pi­tal.

Around 90 young­sters, aged eight to 11, from Harefield Ju­nior School and White­hall Ju­nior School in Uxbridge vis­ited the hos­pi­tal – which is a spe­cial­ist in trans­plants – to find out more about the sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures pi­o­neered there.

Harefield Hos­pi­tal is mark­ing its cen­te­nary this year and the visit was also a chance for pupils to learn of its history.

Harefield Ju­nior head teacher Paul Dodd said: “It’s been a fan­tas­tic event and very well planned.”

There were five in­ter­ac­tive stands where pupils had the chance to dis­sect pigs’ hearts, see sur­gi­cal in­stru­ments, ob­serve a heart by­pass on a man­nequin, learn about ar­ti­fi­cial heart and lungs and at­tempt to insert an in­tu­ba­tion tube into a dummy pa­tient’s mouth.

Some of the chil­dren dressed up in sur­gi­cal scrubs.

Zehraa Ahmed, 11, from White­hall Ju­nior School, said: “I liked see­ing the in­stru­ments. I’ve watched heart surgery on YouTube but it was the first time I’d seen them in real life. I want to be a heart sur­geon when I’m older.”

Harefield Hos­pi­tal’s cen­te­nary ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores the site’s 100 years of history through pho­tos, mem­o­ra­bilia and pa­tient sto­ries.

Held in the hos­pi­tal’s Con­cert Hall, it is open to the pub­lic to­day (Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 2) from 11am un­til 5.30pm and on Tues­day 8 De­cem­ber from 11am un­til 2pm.

Sian Carter, cen­te­nary project lead, said: “We were thrilled to see the chil­dren en­joy­ing

them­selves and tak­ing such an in­ter­est in the work we do here. They seemed to find the in­ter­ac­tive stands par­tic­u­larly fas­ci­nat­ing and asked lots of ques­tions.”

n LOVED: Above, Berti and Jean and left, Al­berto Wusche with his fam­ily out­side the shop. Be­low, a tweet from fel­low shop owner Scott Bal­cony

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