This happy little evacuee, sitting on his ‘truck’, spent the war years in Canada with my great aunt and uncle. The loving relationship he developed lasted a lifetime. Although Aunt Dorothy died in 1949, John visited and kept in touch with Uncle Dave until his death in 1986. Subsequently, he spent time in Canada with my parents and with me and my husband.
I enjoyed my FaceTime video chat with John in late February and was thrilled when he sent me the letters that Aunt Dorothy had written to his parents from 1940-1945.
Sadly, on April 18th I received an email from John’s daughter to say that her dad had died suddenly and unexpectedly, just shy of his 87th birthday. He was a wonderful man, still full of life and fun. He had climbed a ladder to cut down a branch that posed a threat when he had massive heart attack. I’m glad his death was quick and painless, but he has left a huge hole in all our lives. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Rest in peace, John. You are loved and missed..