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Old 21 May 2019, 09:35 (Ref:3905035)   #16
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Very saddened to hear this, RIP John.

Have a beer with Niki Lauda, who sadly passed away today.
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Old 21 May 2019, 14:45 (Ref:3905075)   #17
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Very saddened to hear this, RIP John.

Have a beer with Niki Lauda, who sadly passed away today.
Hi Rikki, I am sure he is having a drink with Niki although Johnís preferred tipple is a gin and tonic.

Just been to see him resting in peace and all the strain of illness in his face has gone and he looks years and years younger.

The lady looking after him said, what a good looking man and I bet that he was a kind and gentle soul which we all know he is.

I refuse to speak of John now in the past tense as he is still with us in spirit.

I read out to John all the messages on here as well as videos and music on the Facebook pages. He said I donít know what all the fuss is about as I am nothing special but we all know what a self effacing man he is.

I said to John that you are a blooming fabulous clerk and steward, so there.

Motorsport is going to miss his cheeky smile and special demeanour at meetings.

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Old 21 May 2019, 16:49 (Ref:3905093)   #18
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John as some of you may know moved to Whiteley Village in Hersham last month and was looking forward to a long and happy retirement in this wonderful place. When he first came to the village last July, he fell in love with the place and put his name down to come here.
Paula, that's interesting to read, when I had lunch with him either early last year or late the year before we talked about his struggles with his home in Lightwater. I did suggest to him about moving to a more sheltered type accomodation, his reply, "Tim, I have thought about it but I just don't like old people". You knew where you stood with John. Sadly we didn't repeat the lunch as next time we'd arranged something he was poorly and had to cancel, my sad loss and I should have pushed him for another date.
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Old 21 May 2019, 19:30 (Ref:3905129)   #19
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Hi Tim,

John told me about you both having lunch together 😀

I know what John meant and I was dubious coming to live here in November 2017. But this place is very different to the standard old peopleís home. I recovered from nearly dying earlier that year in a BUPA Care Home and most of the residents were much older than me in their 80ís which I found hard to deal with.

Here at Whiteley Village, we have a golf course, putting green, bowling green, swimming pool, snooker, table tennis, a village hall where films and shows are held, church, photography club, gym, whist and bridge clubs plus woods you could almost get lost in. We also have an excellent restaurant and bar which are very reasonable. Have I sold it to you yet 😂. John certainly bought it when I brought him here for the first time last July.

The residents here are very fit in mind and body for their ages thanks to all the amenities. Ages span from the 60ís to the 90ís and even some centenarians.

It is incredibly sad that you didnít get to see him again and I am so glad that I had a wonderful 11 months togetherness since we met up again last June and he loved being here even if it was for only five weeks 😟

John also would not smoke in his new home because we cleaned everything before he left Lightwater. He did have the odd smoke on the outside balcony but he had cut down dramatically. He did say that he had to have one vice 😀

However my life will never be the same again and I miss him so much.

Yes he is alive in spirit but walking along from my flat to his and not being able to have a laugh and chat, I feel robbed because John was a person you could chat to about your concerns, the news, Brexit!! or simply chew the cud, especially the motor racing variety 😉😉

Life is a real b***h at times 😡

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Old 21 May 2019, 21:07 (Ref:3905148)   #20
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Must tell you this Tim.

The flat next door to Johnís is occupied by a lady who is not in the best of health and is very deaf.

I find her hard work and a bit gaga.

John reprimanded me and said she is not gaga at all and is lovely to speak to. They even thought about asking for a couple of chairs to be put outside on the balcony so he could relax more when having a cigarette and she could sit there too.

John was accepting now that he was not as active as he used to be and was finding that other residents with similar health problems, walking difficulties etc were good to have a chat with.

The problem with the Lightwater flat was that dangerously steep staircase with only one handrail and I was desperately worried that he would fall down them one day. We even contacted the local council to get them to put another handrail in but as he was moving here, we dropped the request.

Here we have free in house physiotherapists and John was looking forward to joining the exercise classes and getting his legs stronger again. But itís never going to be now 😟

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Old 22 May 2019, 08:11 (Ref:3905190)   #21
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A wonderful tribute to John in Historic Racing News

Rest in Peace sweetheart 💕💕

https://www.historicracingnews.com/A...ohn-Smith/2488
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Old 22 May 2019, 08:30 (Ref:3905193)   #22
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Rest in peace my dear, dear friend.
In the 30+ years I knew you, travelling and officiating all round the country, we had a lot of fun and a lot of laughter and never once a cross word.
You taught me so much about Clerking & Stewarding and the motor racing world is a much poorer place without you.
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Old 22 May 2019, 16:08 (Ref:3905242)   #23
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Paula, you've posted a lovely tribute to John and as you say, i'm sad we didn't get to repeat our lunch but I suppose I'm to blame due to one thing or another happening last year and me not getting round to it.
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Old 22 May 2019, 21:58 (Ref:3905288)   #24
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Hi Tim,

Thank you, itís the least that I could have done.

Unfortunately with all of our busy lives, certain important things simply donít get done and when someone dies suddenly, we all have regrets such as saying to the person that you care for how much you love them and so on.

I wish that I had got back in touch with John earlier than last June but I was still recovering myself from my ďAnnus HorribilisĒ, the previous year and I wouldnít really have been much help to him.

John said that he wished that I had told him how unwell I was when my illness began because he would have been there for me, bless him.

I said that I wouldnít have done that because of his own health problems but he really touched me.

Fate however brought me to contact John again and I was ready to be a friend to him once more.

Seeing him getting back to the John that we all admired and loved was wonderful to watch and thank God that he had a happy and positive final months.

Itís so sad that he didnít have many more years on this earth because we were planning a trip next year to the USA, a country we both love. John said we will hire a Mustang which would have been great fun.

Because he passed away unexpectedly, it is possible that an autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death. I have mixed feelings about this but to know what happened is important. John was always going to donate his organs upon death so this invasion of his body would not have bothered him. Typical John thinking of others.

I hope the decision is made quickly so his final wishes are kept without too much delay.

Iíll let everyone know in due course so arrangements can be made and we can all get on and celebrate his wonderful life.

Nitey nite.
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I feel compelled to post on here. I didn't know John, but have seen his name mentioned on Ten Tenths over the years.
From reading everyone's posts I do now feel that I do know him, albeit slightly. He would appear to have been a lovely chap, with a sense of fairness, a strong knowledge of the difference between right & wrong, and a keen sense of humour. It is also blindingly obvious from all of your posts that hew was extremely well liked & loved, highly respected and will be sorely missed by you all.
I offer everyone my condolences for your loss.
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I feel compelled to post on here. I didn't know John, but have seen his name mentioned on Ten Tenths over the years.
From reading everyone's posts I do now feel that I do know him, albeit slightly. He would appear to have been a lovely chap, with a sense of fairness, a strong knowledge of the difference between right & wrong, and a keen sense of humour. It is also blindingly obvious from all of your posts that hew was extremely well liked & loved, highly respected and will be sorely missed by you all.
I offer everyone my condolences for your loss.
Thank you so much for this, you have got him spot on. x
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Yes thank you VIVA GT, as Claire said ĎSpot oní.
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All,

i am hoping to compile a film tribute to John which will be shown at the wake (still not confirmed when that is but we will let you all know as soon as possible ) but also the film will be available on the 360 Website, but I need your help,
if you have any pictures of you with him or indeed of him etc, if you would like them included then can you send them to me via PM here or to my e mail (PM me for) then that would be great.

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