John Duncan Edward Payne (5 Sep 1960 - 13 Jun 2017)

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Location
Honor Oak Crematorium Brockley Way SE4 2LW
Date
3rd Jul 2017
Time
10am
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F.A. Albin & Sons

In loving memory of John Duncan Edward Payne who sadly passed away on 13th June 2017.

John was a wonderful father, brother, son and teacher during the time he had on this earth. From his wayward, youthful days of Manchester United and.... other things, our dad was a living testament to what hard work and dedication could achieve in life. He went from a juvenile delinquent to a teacher, where he could set a wonderful example to students in his 20+ years of teaching.

A former Royal Engineer, Diver, and serving with the Paratrooper Regiment of the Israeli Defence Forces, John's service to this country was recognised fully. He only wished he had known that Thatcher was going to declare war, otherwise he wouldn't have bothered with the Army! (His words). Also a lifelong Red, John followed United wherever and whenever he could. Even in the Glazers days when he gave up his season ticket out of protest, he could not tear himself away from watching United week in, week out.

John also had his sensitive side though. After graduating from Cambridge University and the Institute of Education, his first year of teaching is where he met our mother, and had myself and George - both aptly named after Manchester United legends Eric Cantona and George Best.
John proved that old saying wrong, that teachers do 'not make good parents' by being the most wonderful, kind and caring father there could be. He was always there for a shoulder to cry on. He was always there (reluctantly) to help with school work. He always went above and beyond to provide presents for us and he made sure that we were never deprived of anything. He always made sure to reference his own life so that we would not take the same path, and to value the opportunities that were provided to us. He was a hard worker and continued to work in a teaching position and school that didn't value him nearly as much as he should have been.

He was, and always will be, an unbelievable role model, friend, father and husband. A proud but humble man, his larger than life presence will truly be missed in our home and beyond. His presence was infectious and memorable, which means that the wonderful memories we have of him will never fade.

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Katrina Foster wrote

I have only recently heard this sad news. Mr Payne was one of the best teachers at Bacon's-He brought humour to my history classes and inspired me to learn more about history. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Rest In Peace Mr Payne x

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Keith Taylor donated £25 in memory of John

I will always remember Mr Payne as one of the best teachers I ever had the fortune to have. Mr Payne was the best teacher to ever grace Bacon's College in my humble opinion.
Not only was he a great teacher but he was a great man, you could talk to him about anything and he would be his straight talking, no nonsense self in giving you his advice or perspective.
I will never forget our Friday 5 a side in the gym after school with the teachers and a few of us from the 6th form. John never held back in kicking a few lumps out of us or putting us into the wall! Always playing the ball obviously! ??
John you will never be forgotten and I want to send my deepest condolences to your wife and children at this sad time.
RIP MR PAYNE ??

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Joe P wrote

I've only just hard :-( So sad he was such a nice guy and a brilliant teacher! To his family I am deeply sorry for your loss.
He helped me through some tough times at school! I'll always be grateful!

Thank you and RIP Sir x

Joe x

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Fi Murray wrote

10:00 3rd July, thinking of cousin John amd all the family x

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Heidi Squire wrote

Dear Ellie, Eric and George,
My thoughts are with you at this very sad time. I have such vivid memories of John, holding court in the comms. room and in many ways he represented the best of the early days of Bacon's. It is obvious from the comments from former students and colleagues that he was loved. He was challenging and intelligent - qualities that I always enjoyed when I was privileged enough to sit in on his A level lessons. He brought out my inner student. I know that he will be remembered with great fondness and affection. With love, Heidi x

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Tricia Byrne wrote

So sad to hear of Johns passing. My thoughts go out to his family. It is wonderful to read all the beautiful comments about him and. I'm sure he will be sadly missed but happily remembered

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Jimmy Americanos wrote

Had some great laughs with Paynie john
Lost touch the last 10 years but your be missed
My deepest condolences to Ellie Eric and George
God rest your soul rest in peace mate

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Jimmy Americanos wrote

Had some great laughs with john payne
Lost touch the last 10 years
My deepest condolences to Ellie Eric and George
God rest your soul rest in peace mate

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Valentine Landeg wrote

Such awful news. Mr Payne was an unforgettable character at Bacon’s. Witty, irascible and a great raconteur, Michael O’Rourke and I always thought his stories about diving for the Marines and going to Oxford were false. Turns out we were wrong (though I’m still dubious about Steven Hawking running over his foot). He took us on the greatest school trip ever, Krakow 2010, and got us hammered on vodka that could melt through a plastic cup. I also came to know him while helping out during rugby sessions for the younger years, something he did voluntarily out of his own love for the sport and which was sometimes and uphill battle with the football-mad boys at the school. Rest in peace John Payne.

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Ron Brett wrote

Payney was one of those kind of guys who you thought would live forever. He will in spirit no doubt...

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  • One of the most memorable characters of Bacons College. Great teacher. Rest in peace sir.

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Hollie Jenkins wrote

Our favorite teacher ever. He was such a laugh and used to let us watch eddie murphy if he was covering rip

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ian mulcahy wrote

you were an inspiration to me. had so many good times at your house, with the Dog. You led a movement of intellect and insurrection at our place of work and made the world a better place. Love ian xxxx

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Ron Brett wrote

I was both shocked and saddened when I heard John had passed away. At only 56 years old he was taken far too early. RIP Payney...

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Shelley Eaton wrote

Such sad news, will always remember Mr Payne as one of the best teachers during my time at Bacons, rest in peace Mr Payne xx

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Joanne Bruce wrote

Mr Payne was my favourite teacher at Bacons college I always laughed at him and he always laughed at me! always made the lessons so much fun to be in and people actually wanted to be there! But you didn't want to cross him if you upset him lol A great teacher and a great man! Such sad news to know that you have passed. May you rest in peace and continue to teach your way and make people laugh in the sky xxxxx

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