Tributes paid to well-known Worksop fundraiser John Barron

John Barron pictured with his wife Pat
John Barron pictured with his wife Pat

Friends and family have paid tribute to John Barron, a charitable Yorkshireman who made Worksop his home.

A former soldier, teacher, and commodities buyer, he was active in raising money for local workers, as well as Bassetlaw Hospital.

Friend Sheila Ward said: “He was a lovely soul - he was always on the go. He was a Yorkshireman. He didn’t suffer fools gladly! He tended to say pretty much what he meant. He called a spade a spade. He was just a really good man.”

John was born in 1925, and lived in Scarbrough until he was 14, a place he “absolutely loved” and where he would return whenever he could, to watch the cricket.

He served in Palestine and Egypt during World War II, rising to the rank of sergeant, before teaching maths and English in the education department. He later worked as a commodities buyer, first for barley at Clinton Maltings, and later at Smiths Flour Mill, where he became president of the Welfare Association.

His wife Pat remembers one memorable trip to Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles, when the couple were stopped at a checkpoint and rifles were turned on them by soldiers from Mansfield.

He enjoyed going to the monthly mess of the Fellowship of the Services, until ill health stopped him. But his “good companions” kept on visiting him.

Sheila added: “He did such a lot of good works and so many people knew him. After such a long life, and a good life, I thought he should be recognised and remembered.”

John also leaves two daughters, Sheila and Maureen, from his first marriage.

Pat said: “We met on our first days at the Maltings. He said as soon as he saw me he was going to marry me. We were married for 45 years. He loved people and lived life to the full.”

John died, aged 91, at the Victoria Care Home, after suffering from Alzheimer’s.

A funeral service is set for 12 noon on Friday, at St Anne’s Church, followed by cremation at Ollerton and a wake at the Shireoaks Inn, on Westgate.