John died suddenly from an aneurism aged 79 years on June 1. Born in the Radcliffe Infirmary, he was one of eight children, the eldest son, and because the family home in Union St. (now Hart Street) was too small, he and one brother initially lived in Littleworth near Faringdon with their grandparents. When he passed the 11-plus, however, and went to Oxford High School in New Inn Hall Street, he returned to Jericho.
When John finished school he worked for Sibley, an electrical company in Leckford Road as an apprentice electrician. After national service in the RAF, he worked as an electrician at AERE Harwell and was training apprentices until he retired in 1990.
He was still living in Hart Street and looked after his parents until their deaths. John had an allotment at Cripley Meadow and from his time in the RAF he had become a keen marksman and was a member of the Buckland Rifle Club. As a legacy of his Faringdon days, he was also a keen Swindon Town supporter.
John was very active at St Barnabas Church, always sitting in the same seat at the back and arranging the collection. He also did a lot of the church’s decorating and electrical work. John was very popular with his neighbours, especially the women, because he used to help out as a handyman. After a service in St. Barnabas Church he was buried in a family plot at Littlworth.