John Braithwaite 4th December 1932 - 6th October 2014
John passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday 6th October leaving his loving wife Shirley – children Karen and Jeff, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Also John and Kaz his daughter and son in law.
His funeral will take place on Tuesday 21st October 11.45 at Bramcote Crematorium and afterwards at Derbyshire Hotel. The family would love you to join them in a celebration of his life.
John was born and raised in Long Eaton with his eight sisters and one brother – his parents ran the bakery on Waverley Street for many years. Following his national service , he worked at the Brush Company at Loughborough and latterly for David Clowe plumbing and heating in Long Eaton.
He met and married Shirley Alice Atkin in March 1957 – their two children Karen and Jeff completed his family.
The family moved to South Normanton in 1967 many new friends were made and John became an active member of village life. Managing the youth football team and playing for the local cricket club. He had an active role on the PTA of Frederick Gent School. He was a member of Junction 28 drama group and appeared enthusiastically in many productions. He set up and ran a business in the village for many years - JCJ Plumbing and Heating Merchants.
Whilst his interests were many and varied John’s main passion in life was his family – specifically his beloved grandchildren Chris, Julie, Jemma, James and Kate. John’s life was completed by their arrival and he loved nothing more than to be with them – passing on his knowledge and wisdom and letting them get filthy in his garden.
His family grew to include Abbie, Sophie and Harry and six great grandchildren Jack, Ben, Joshua, Archie, Bella and Violet.
John will be so very missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
‘Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass - it’s about learning how to dance in the rain’