WEST POINT — Longtime West Point High School football manager Burnet "Alan" Beswick died Saturday, July 26. Beswick graduated from West Point in 1971 but has been a part of the Pointer football program since 1967.
"He was a true Pointer; loyal, special and would always fight for the team. He would do anything that needed to be done and he will be missed by the coaches, players and administration," said an emotional Mark Redden, West Point's athletic director, on Monday.
"It will be very difficult our first home game without Allen on the sidelines. He was the type of person who was always working in the background. His passing will leave a void that will be impossible to fill. He was a great person, who will always have a special spot in my heart," he added.
Beswick started with the football program as a water boy in the 8th grade and continued to work at the school ever since. In 2008 he was awarded the Virginia High School League Award of Merit for his dedication to West Point High School.
"Alan was always looking out for others. He constantly reminded me that I needed to drink more water during our hot summer practices. He always had the best interest of the team and will be missed when we start practice next week," said LC Briggs, head varsity football coach.
Since 1967 there have been countless players, students and coaches who have been inspired by Beswick.
"You couldn't say enough about what he meant to West Point athletics. He was tireless in his commitment to the school and the players. He was the most loyal person I have ever met and he will be missed by all his Pointer friends," said West Point High School Principal Mark Dorsey.
"Allan was the first person I met when I came to coach at West Point," recalled former Pointers coach John Fulks. "He always looked out for the best interest of the players, and I enjoyed his friendship and smile every day at practice. We have had many volunteers at Essex, but none as loyal and tireless as Allan."
A graveside service was held Wednesday, July 30th at Sunny Slope Cemetery in West Point. Memorials may be made to West Point Athletic Fund, 2700 Mattaponi Avenue, West Point, VA 23181 or Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.