John and SCoM
Reporter: Pat Ashworth
Many members who had known John for a long time and some recent members attended a “standing room only funeral” at How Bridge Crematorium and afterwards Leigh Cricket Club on the 1st of August.
John has been such an active and enthusiastic member since the days when we had pre ski exercises at the College of Building before relocating to Urmston Leisure Centre. He would brighten the post-exercise, socialising in the bar afterwards.
John was an enthusiastic Rossendale Skier, He qualified as a dry ski slope instructor and was a committed Ski Club rep in the North West Ski Federation committee. He was responsible for organising our pink, purple and peppermint club outfits. Such multi-coloured outfits were all the rage amongst NW Clubs. The Club had Friday night skiing at Rossendale and we identified ourselves by the Club kit. He carried it on in years to come organising clothing with the club logo.
John was invaluable in making new members and new skiers feel safe and part of the Club. On club holidays, he would always be there as somebody to ski with when other groups may not be available. In recent years though, he began to find a full day difficult. He would still be cheerful and do his best to be inclusive and supportive, both on and off the slopes.
John’s many interests were highlighted at his funeral, Cricket, Golf, Skiing, Photography, a love of travel and a true commitment to his family. His practical skills meant that he was able to deal with equipment. Linked to his interests were the staff of life and John was somebody who made people feel he was interested in them when chatting.
There are so many people in the Club who put themselves out to make things happen, but John has certainly been one of the stars.