John Albert BIRD (22 Nov 1927 - 26 Jan 2020)

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Funeral Service

Location
St Stephen's on the Downs Rosebery Road Langley Vale KT18 6AF
Date
20th Mar 2020
Time
10.30am
Funeral Director
Alan Greenwood & Sons Epsom Downs

Burial Details

Location
Epsom Cemetery Ashley Road Epsom KT18 5BP
Date
20th Mar 2020
Time
11.30am

In loving memory of John Albert BIRD who sadly passed away on 26th January 2020 in Epsom.

John was born in 1927 in Richmond, Surrey - his terraced house in Manor Grove backed onto the railway line where his lifelong love of steam trains began. His neighbor became his best friend, David Draper, and together they cycled from Lands’ End to John O’Groats in 1960 and joined the Kingston YHA Group who became a large part of his life.
He travelled, walked and cycled near and far with a great group of people who became lifelong friends and are still know today as “The Group”. In rain or shine they were out walking and cycling in Britain’s countryside or having all sorts of get together's and parties with much fun and laughter.
When he married his beloved Elizabeth in 1961, he whisked her off to Paris, but to her surprise it was on the bikes that they travelled, and it became part of their lifestyle, and family holidays were “cycling holidays” of which Caroline and Terence have great memories.
As well as trains and cycling his other great passion was the weather. As the local weatherman, he went up the garden faithfully every morning and every evening to take the readings and scrupulously fill in his records. He was known for taking more pictures of the clouds than of his family! He also gave conferences and was the local weather man on Thames radio in the late 90’s.
He was an active member of the Kingston community and started work as a local government officer at county hall before going on to be Registrar and clerk to the governors at KCFE College until 1980 when he took early retirement. He was also a local Rotary Club Member and was President of the Chamber of Commerce in 1994-5 and later, President of the Probus club in 2007.
It has been sad to see him suffering from dementia for the past years, but we will remember him as he was before and know that he is now at peace and reunited with his beloved Liz.
HE WILL BE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS AND HOPE HE IS CYCLING HEAVEN’S ROADS

Terry Bird donated in memory of John
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Eric and Sandra Holdsworth donated £20 in memory of John

Memories of happy times together. Condolences to Caroline and Terrance.

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John and Liz - 29 May 2010

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Jim & Margaret Hampshire donated £25 in memory of John
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Isabel Galvez donated £30 in memory of John

John was a lovely man and a true gentleman. He will be very sadly missed. May he rest in peace with Liz xx

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Isabel Galvez wrote

John was a lovely man and a true gentleman. He will be very sadly missed. May he rest in peace with Liz xx

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Michael Davison donated £25 in memory of John

Great memories of John’s smooth handling of Probus affairs and his cheerful company at many a lunch. So sorry that present circumstances prevent us paying our respects at his funeral, but he will be in our thoughts

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Chris and Hilary Horsfall donated £30 in memory of John
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Andy, Nikki & Sophie White donated £20 in memory of John
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Juliet and Peter Belbeck donated £20 in memory of John

With happy memories of John and Liz who will be sadly missed. Condolences to Caroline and Terry.

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Juliet and Peter Belbeck wrote

With fond memories of John and Liz who will be sadly missed. Condolences to Caroline and Terry

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Fiona and David Brown donated in memory of John

In memory of John, a true gentleman, and the times our families spent together over the years. Our thoughts are with Caroline and Terry and their loved ones.

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Barbara Gibbs donated £25 in memory of John

Happy memories of John during his time with RBK and in more recent years through the Probus Club of Kingston upon Thames.

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Barbara Egan donated £25 in memory of John
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Mark Orr donated £25 in memory of John
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Steve & Pat Bott donated £20 in memory of John
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Kingston Group holiday based on Whitby 2004. We have happy memories of many holidays like this.

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  • Thanks for the photo. I recognize everybody and have great memories of Group week-ends as children!

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David & Shirley Relf donated £50 in memory of John

So many happy memories of a wonderful man. John introduced us to many beautiful places in England and Wales and we spent many happy holidays with John and Liz and our families. He will be sorely missed.

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Jill Laikin donated £20 in memory of John

With happy memories of both lovely people, John and Liz - sadly missed. Condolences to Caroline and Terence. x

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John Orr donated £75 in memory of John

In memory of John Bird from John Pat & Lily Orr

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Alan Payne wrote

His family can be certain that he will be remembered with fondness by all his friends from the different generations of Kingston YHA Group. I am sure that he and Dave Draper are just setting off on a cycling tour of somewhere nice - no traffic, good hostels and pleasant weather!

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Philip Clifford donated £50 in memory of John

Many years of happy memories of both Liz and John. Angela and Phil.

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Christine Viney donated £20 in memory of John

Loving memories

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Christine Viney wrote

With loving memories

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Julie Viney donated £20 in memory of John

With fond memories of John and Elizabeth.

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Elizabeth Whitehouse donated in memory of John

In fond memory of our Uncle John.

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Gilbert Dowdall-Brown wrote

In happy memory of much genial talk and many a glass of wine.

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