John sadly passed away on March 28th 2020 leaving his wife Mae and daughter Gina.
Many of you will know John from his role as an EMAS Judge – which he took to National level before retiring and becoming Judge Emeritus. But even after his retirement he was still to be seen around at tournaments.
He was EMAS Chairman for 2002/03 and Mae was EMAS TA also – they made a good team, their work on setting up information and arranging for specific scoring programs for the EMAS tournaments is still in use today.
He was an honorary member of Derbyshire County Archery Association – a testament to the support he gave to the sport of archery.
He as always the epitome of a gentleman, always ready to pitch in and help wherever he could. His knowledge was exemplary, both with archery rules and background knowledge of the County Association.
He still enjoyed shooting; he especially was pleased when he could return to shooting after he had his shoulder surgery some years ago.
Sadly, due to Mae’s failing health he has not been able to take part as much as he could have liked in the past couple of years, but he still came along to the county shoots, bringing Mae with him.
For me personally his support and encouragement for my judging role was always there and he gave sound information and gentle advice where he thought I could do better. Only last summer he told my other half to make sure that I went for National grade, something that I now must do (when I can get some judging in!).
I am still using his magnifying glass, his triple timers, and have his spare whistle as my spare whistle – so a little bit of John is still judging.