John was born in Reading, the youngest child in a large family. He had a hard childhood but a happy one. When John was in his teens he joined Reading Working Men's Rowing Club where he met Jean who later became his wife. They were married for 62 years.John and Jean spent many years living in Caversham where they had three children - Stephen, Susan and Sarah.
John was an early conscript into National Service. He served two years in the RAF as an engineer on the Sunderland Flying Boats.John's first job was with Huntleybourne and Stevens where he worked as a toolmaker. From there he went to Ideal Casements in Earley and Handley Page where he became a skilled engineer.He had to leave through ill health and spent time as a postman, as a salesman at Marley Tiles, and also worked for County Flooring.
In the early 1970's John and Jean decided on a radical career change and became publicans - firstly at The Bell at Wantage and later at The Bell in Crowmarsh Gifford where they stayed for 15 years until they retired in 1988.Upon retirement, John and Jean moved to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, where they made many good friends. A favourite haunt was The Red Lion pub where they enjoyed many a Friday night.
Of course retirement did not mean a time of rest and relaxation for John, in fact quite the opposite! He enjoyed running the pub and Post Office in Standlake when the owners were on holiday. He also worked as a bearer for Howard Chadwick's Funeral Service, something he continued to do until only a short time ago.
John was a member of the British Legion for many years, including being Branch Secretary. Along with Jean and their good friends Terry and Beryl Bennett, they organised fundraising dinner evenings in the Village Hall which were always very well attended.
Life was a big adventure for John. There was always a project on the go, things to do, places to go. John's family and all of us will remember him as a kind, generous and a good man who lived a long life and lived it to the full.
President,Royal British Legion Branch
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