John Burgess (31 May 1935 - 22 Nov 2020)

Funeral Service

Location
Kemnal Park Crematorium A20 Sidcup By-Pass Chislehurst BR7 6RR
Date
18th Dec 2020
Time
11am
Funeral Director
F.A. Albin Welling

In loving memory of John Burgess who sadly passed away on 22nd November 2020

John was born in Battersea, London on May 31st 1935, to Anne and Edward Burgess.
He was the third of five children. Edward (Ted) and Mary were older than John and sisters Sheila and Joan were younger.
John's family remained in London throughout the Second World War and he suffered disruption to his schooling due to the war, however, that doesn't explain the amount of schooling he missed once the war was over.

John served in the Army for his National Service, spending a period in Libya.

John's career included a stint as a welder before he became a scaffolder and then later, despite his lack of formal education, a London Black Cab driver, for which he had to memorize 320 routes and 25,000 streets.

John married Hazel Ash in August 1958 and had been married over 62 years at the time of his death.
John is survived by Hazel, his son John, daughter Kay and grandchildren Michael and William (John & Melanie) and Charlie and Hollie (Kay & Alan).

John sadly died of Pnemonia Covid whilst in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich.
He is greatly missed by his family and friends.

Kay Burgess wrote

My dad, my hero, my friend, I will miss you for the rest of my life. Thank you for the love, the laughs and the memories. Sleep tight until we meet again. Kxxxx

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Phillip Meredith wrote

Sorry I couldn’t be there to see the best scaffolder and a great mate on his last journey have a look for my jeany and Lesley they would love your company. My condolences to your lovely family I am still locked down unfortunately.so god bless you all we had some great holidays together,good luck John on your journey.phil.

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Jenny Ward wrote

Dear John, rest in peace a man in a million a true gent who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Love jenny and family xx

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Tracey Hartfield wrote

Lovely memories of a lovely man. Always a gentleman. Adored by your family, and loved by so many. You will be greatly missed. 😘xxx

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Tanyo Barter wrote

We will miss you my friend...

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Maureen Pamphlett wrote

Smashing man a real clown far brighter than he let on and will so be remembered by so many. John Burgess you’ll never be forgotten loved forever❤️

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Rita Tanner wrote

A true gentleman, a privilege to know him. Rest in Peace John, I have great memories of you 🙏🍺🥲

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Mum and her lovely brother . Uncle John xxxx

Mum and her lovely brother . Uncle John xxxx

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Libby and Charlie wrote

John was such a very cheerful, helpful, friendly, funny, lovely person. Lovely fond memories of many a knees up at fantastic parties.
My dearest friends dad who I have the pleasure of knowing for many years and a lovely neighbour.

John what an absolute pleasure it has been knowing you and I will definately raise a glass or two of nectar to you.

You are sorely missed but never forgotten.

What a true gentleman.

Big hugs Libby & Charlie x x

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Vickie Mitchell wrote

For the relatively short time we knew John, he loved a laugh and all the the pictures on here will be how we remember him. Our thoughts are with the whole family. Vic, Rob, Robbie and Grace xxxx

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Paula Bennett wrote

I lived next door to John and Hazel for many years and I struck gold because I could not have asked for better neighbours. We had some great laughs and they were special people. John was so kind and would do anything to help. I remember him being a great support to me after my husband died and I will always be grateful to both John and Hazel for getting me through an awful time. I will always remember his wicked sense of humour with a smile. With our love and sincere condolences. Paula, Ivo, Jo, Aaron, Lewis & Ava xxx

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Nikki Wooster wrote

Dear Hazel, Kay and all the family, I’m so sad to hear of your loss. John was always so loving and kind to me I will never forget him. Sending my condolences and love to you all, may he rest in peace, love Nikki xx

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Vikki Dooley wrote

Remembering John with great fondness. Have wonderful childhood memories of Hazel and John being great friends with my mum and dad, attending their Christmas night parties, going to numerous events at the Aquarius Gold Club and even sleeping in their bath at Gatton Manor one year. John always had a lovely smile for everybody and will be greatly missed. Love and condolences to Hazel and the whole family at this sad time xxx

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Yvonne Stanton wrote

Sending Hazel and family our sincere condolences. We remember John fondly, he was a true gentleman. May he rest in peace. Fondest love, Yvonne (Keepax) and Ralph xx

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Victoria Brockman wrote

So many memories what one can I chose for John whom I respected , loved , grew up with , always welcomed and made me so comfortable as part of the family. My memory has to be the Christmas parties at Hazel and Johns with a pint in his hand singing along to “when your old wedding ring was new” that still brings back special memories for me today . You will be deeply missed John but never forgotten x Be at peace love Vicki , Kenny & Harry xxx

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