|My brother John F Whiffen died
tragically in South Africa in March this year. He
was in the 1966 intake at Prescot Grammar. If any
of your readers have a photo that John was in I
would be grateful if they would allow me to pay
for a copy if it.
You will be happy to know that John
remained the "good lad" that Ken knew
(in your obituary page) As well as being a
director in the masonary company he worked for,
he was a great public speaker and belonged to the
toast masters association.
heavily involved in charity work in Johannasberg
where he had lived for 20 years. He did voluntary
work for the black townships and was a honory
adviser to the organization improving black
housing conditions. He was also the patron for a
disabled charity that helped disable people to
communicate better with the wider community. Only
after his death did we find out that he paid the
fees for many of these disabled people to join
the toast masters association.
not have any children of his own, so he adopted a
children's home. Every Christmas he was
"santa" to the children and would turn
up in his father christmas costume with a sack
full of presents for the children that he had
either begged from friends or bought himself.
As you can
see John was not only loved by his family and
friends but by everyone who knew him. I could not
attend his funeral, but I am told that it was so
full that people sat in the walkway. \par \par I
saw him last 12 months ago when he came home for
christmas. I did not know that hug on the steps
of Limestreet Station would be our last. I will
treasure that memory and all the lovely memories
I have of a wonderful brother.
Thank you, Shirley Muat