We have known John for over 30 years as a close family friend and our dentist for some of that time . He was a keen artist and also an award winning set designer and builder for his local Amateur Dramatic Company and we are the proud owners of two of his paintings of both our daughters’ wedding bouquets. John was a kind generous funny gentle man who loved life to the full . He is greatly missed by his wife Pam and his daughters , sons in law and four grandchildren as well as many friends.
David Harkins’ poem sums up John, particularly the last line:
You can shed tears that he is gone
Or you can smile because he has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what he would want – smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
John is remembered by Pauline and Tim Waters