John Whitehead

johnwhiteheadJohn Harvey Whitehead passed away suddenly put peacefully on 3rd October 2012 aged 81 years.

John leaves behind wife Margaret, daughter and son Lynne and Mark and four grandsons Lawrence, Davis, Joshua and Matthew.

John was born in 1931 in Oxford. He attended New College School in Oxford and Kings School in Worcester. After National Service in Germany he went to New College Oxford to study for a degree in Natural Sciences.

John was first employed by Mullards in London as an electrical engineer. He stayed with the company for the rest of his working life with his division changing hands from Pye, Philips and Graseby. He ended his career managing the purchasing department.

Throughout his life he has been a dedicated sportsman playing a number of sports, particularly excelling in cricket. In addition he took up hockey umpiring, reaching international level.

The loves of his life were his family, wine and his particular taste in the humorous and absurd. He entertained his friends, who always walked away from conversations with a smile on their face.

John’s funeral ceremony takes place in the West Chapel at The City of Cambridge Crematorium on Monday 15th October 2012 at 12.00noon.

Donations if desired, in lieu of flowers, are for Papworth Hospital Charity or Friends of the Earth and may be sent c/o Kingfisher Independent Funeral Services, Gate Lodge, Cemetery Road, St Neots PE19 2BX. Tel (01480) 471001

Personal Tributes

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  1. Matthew Whitehead talking to Grandma says:

    Matthew Whitehead 4 years 1 month

    Grandma, is Grandpa dead? … Yes……. I used to play computers with Grandpa ….and now I can’t play computers with him any more …. No…. Why did he die? …..He was very old. He was worn out………. Did he have a hole? …. No, well yes, he did have a hole…………. I used to play football with Grandpa ……….. and now I can’t play football with him any more……………….

  2. Amanda Gilbart-Smith says:

    When I think of John the words humble, loyal and caring come to mind. Though he was so gifted and interested in so many areas, he never pushed himself forward and was always ready and so willing to help and support others with his gifts – personal, practical and intellectual. Lifts, soup, mowing, accounts, wine-waiting, hospitality, visiting widows and widowers, adminstration, IT, repairs, household jobs and maintaning friendships are just some of the things I could mention. And on top of all this, of course, was his total commitment and dedication to Margaret and the family. You found a gem in John, Margaret, and I hope the treasure of the 47 years you had with him will ease the pain of the years without him. With much love and many prayers. Amanda

  3. Alan/Gill Silcock says:

    John was a lovely gentle kind man, we at Fordham Cricket Club will always remember his advice,encourgement,lovely sense of humor.He had a great will to win but it had to be done fairly.It was a privilege and honor knowing him.
    Our thoughts are with Margaret and Mark.

  4. Janine McGregor says:

    John was a great friend and I will never forget the fun and memorable time I had when John and Margaret visited me in the United States. Everyone who has known him will miss him, and my heart is with Margaret.

  5. Rosemary Hague (sister-in-law) says:

    John made my sister Margaret happy safe and supported for 47 years. I will always be deeply thankful to God for bringing them together, enriching her in so many ways, and making their home always such a joy to visit.
    One of thousands of happy memories is being helpless with laughter listening to the Bricklayer, Gerard Hoffnung at the Oxford Union, at 32 Mulberry Close, while I was a student at Girton College, at one of my regular Tuesday evening visits for a dose of ‘normal’ family life.

  6. Wally Huckle says:

    What good times I shared with John on Ladykillers HC occasions. I could never ever forget the inordinate amount of humour we had when we roomed together in Holland (and I can, therefore, scotch the rumour that John slept in his sandals! After all, his trademark sandals needed to get some rest!). His ability to observe good umpires, and to pass on to them some of his wisdom and experience in such a way that they never needed to feel slighted, was a great gift, and will be much missed. We have lost a good friend and a fine man.

  7. Professor Edward M Winter says:

    I did not know John well but what I did know, I liked immensely. Each of us loved sport but similarly, each of us viewed with disdain the behaviour of some, perhaps many, professional sportspeople. Nevertheless, we used to laugh about that and it was rare for there not to be a smile on the countenance of one or other of us when we shared each other’s company and mocked our own curmudgeonly demeanour. Margaret, the thoughts of Anne and me are with you.

  8. Jonathan Hague (nephew) says:

    John was an uncle I’ll never forget. Whose age and appearance from the first time I remember him to the last seemed to be constant. The year round tan. The close-lipped chuckle. Always interested to hear how I was going without being intrusive. The perfect laidback complement to Aunt Margaret, the extra-organised. The assured chauffeur like gear changes driving through countryside and towns in the trusty rover. The courteous wit and charm. Enthusiastic visitor to us in Australia. An ever-available host whenever I returned to England solo. A re-assuring constant in the last 30+ years. A benchmark person in my life.

    RIP John, there’ll never be another like you.

    Dear Margaret, our thoughts are with you here in Perth

    Love and more love

    Jonathan, Kinga and great-niece Milla

  9. Richard Christensen says:

    A lovely, kind and caring man who will be sadly missed. I have very fond memories of John and his kindness when my parents, Basil and Jan passed away. His kind words were a great comfort. God bless.
    Richard Christensen

    Ladykillers HC

  10. Denys Shortt says:

    John – the messages from the Ladykillers Hockey Club are numerous and with fond memories.

    Thank you for your enthusiasm and all the fun times – you will be missed greatly.

    Margaret – our thoughts are with you.

    With love

    From all the Ladykillers –

    Denys Shortt
    Chairman of the Ladykillers Hockey Club

  11. Margaret Talbot says:

    What a wonderful partnership John and Margaret have had, through their marriage, and their shared and individual interests. Margaret has been my friend and colleague for years, and I know just how much she valued – still values – John’s stalwart and unswerving support for her research, publications and activities. His role as “techie”, sounding board, adviser, chauffeur and number one fan has been vital. I know that his calm, sure presence will continue to be felt, by Margaret and their family, into the coming years.

  12. Val Gape says:

    It was a pleasure to know you & Margaret over the years you lived here.. Your travel stories were always interseting and amusing! My dogs loved being looked after by you and I am grateful for the house-watching service we offered one another – we will miss you!

  13. Colin David Smith says:

    John, I am sure that the Goons – Neddy, Spike, Grip Pipe, Bentine, Eccles, Bluebottle, Captain Bloodnock et al are having a great time telling you a few stories now.
    They are trying to erect a statue of Spike in Lewisham, so perhaps we can have one of you by the hockey pitch, Sandals, jumper and tie, and of course a G&T.
    Love you, miss you
    Colin Smith
    President and friend
    Royston Hockey Club

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