J R Leffman
Leffman was a gentle giant and a good supporter of Hurst and the Hurst Johnian Club. He and his wife Liz were frequently at the annual dinner. At Hurst he played a full part in many activities… librarian. President of the debating society, a leading light in the gramophone and rhythm clubs, and so on. He was a member of a successful Rugby XV which beat Brighton College 63-0 (!) as well as Whitgift and Cranleigh. He won a scholarship to Oxford where he read law, and he practised as a solicitor in north London for most of his working life. Earlier in his life he had to face the tragedy of losing his parents and his sister when a flying bomb fell on the shelter in which they were expecting to be safe. After national service he married Liz and they moved to Totteridge where they both became prominent and respected members of the community. The parties which they threw were legendary! His great sense of humour delighted one and all. He was a generous man and supported many charities including The Sail Training Association, the Jewish Lads Brigade, RNLI and Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sadly his wife died in 2008 and John’s own health declined; he died on December 4th last aged 83. We send our condolences to his two sons and his daughter and the eight grandchildren. They and we have lost a good man.