John Bradshaw. Passed away on 10th January 2014 Aged 58
John was born at 52 Main Street, Huthwaite. He was the youngest of his family as he had 3 older brothers and 2 older sisters.
At the age of 5 he started school at John Davis infant and junior school on New Street, Huthwaite. After passing his 11 plus exam, there were grammar Schools but John chose to attend Aim High Secondary Modern school on Barker Street at Huthwaite.
John was both a junior and senior member of the Saint John's Ambulance Brigade and a member of the Huthwaite Amateur Boxing Club. John was also a junior member of the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society, another hobby that he had was to collect stamps. He loved to play his guitar and sing to Elvis Presley songs.
On leaving school he obtained employment at Teversal Colliery as an apprentice fitter (mechanic), from there he moved to Sherwood Colliery as a fully qualified mechanic.
John met Linda Millington on a blind date in December of 1976, they married on 10th September 1977. They moved into their first house together on Mount Pleasant in Sutton-in-Ashfield. In 1981 their first child was born, Steven, followed by the birth of their daughter Lisa, in 1983.
In 1988, John had an accident on way to Sherwood Colliery, being knocked off his push-bike and fracturing his collarbone, he did not work down the Colliery again after that. From then on he worked self-employed, running a mobile snack bar and mobile fruit and veg with his wife. He then ran a business as a window cleaner, a job he loved doing and always had a few stories to bring back home.
John and his family moved back to John's birthplace of Huthwaite for a short while before returning to Sutton-in-Ashfield.
John loved animals especially canaries and other birds, for many years John held an aviary which housed all types of birds from his beloved canaries to zebra finches and many more. One windy evening the aviary blew over and John watched as Linda ran around catching the birds saying that they were 'too fast for me'.
John and his wife Linda enjoyed visiting different churches and also helped maintain some of the church gardens. They would spend hours at St Mary's church helping around the church grounds.
John was a family man, he loved his wife Linda very much and would do anything for her. He was proud of his children Steven and Lisa, and was a magnificent grandfather to his 5 grandchildren, Jade, Logan, Ben, Owen and Sky.
Funeral Service to take place on Wednesday 29th January 2014 in the Newstead Chapel at Mansfield Crematorium, commencing at 1-45pm
For more details please contact GB Davis & Sons 01773 581138