John served as a Town Councillor in Southwold for 42 years after being elected in 1972. His term of office included election as Town Mayor both in 1983-85 and 1998-99.
From media release 8th January 2019
Suffolk County Council Chairman Michael Ladd, who served with John for many years on Southwold Town Council, said: “He was a long-standing stalwart and an integral part of the town.
“His background was as a fisherman and he was very involved in the harbour. He was a real Southwold character and a Southwold person through and through.
“He was one of the few remaining old Southwold characters – there aren’t many left.
“His knowledge and experience of the town was second to none. What he didn’t know about Southwold wasn’t worth knowing. He will be a sad loss to the community.
“He was well-known to visitors and local people. He was always very helpful and knowledgeable.
“He was never frightened to say what he thought, which is always good for a Councillor. Sometimes that doesn’t go down well but he was always very dedicated and said what he felt, which is quite important.
“He was a very interesting character – fully committed and he dedicated his life to the community.”
Thanksgiving Service in John’s memory will be at 3.15pm on Tuesday 22nd January at the Lowestoft Community Church in Pakefield