John sadly died aged 93 on 2 March 2018. He was born on 24 August 1924 in Malaya, with his family returning to England in 1932. They all managed to escape from the bombs which just missed their Ealing home, when he was home for the holidays during the Blitz. After Lancing John became a RNVR Aero Engineer between 1945 and 1946 in England and India, then a Coffee Manager in Kenya 1946-63. For the rest of his working life he settled in Queensland Australia, in a farm before retiring to Toowoomba. He married Alice Mary Grene on 31 January 1953 (Alice sadly died in September 2009).
John loved classical music, a passion from his Lancing days and took up violin and viola from about 1973. He also taught classical musical appreciation at University.
He is survived by his family of 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.