Master tailor tribute
Much loved ‘mayor of Windsor Street’
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