John died on 15 February 1999.
He was born in July 1903, entered Shield House and eventually became School Captain. He was very proud of this. He left Hurst in 1920 and became a trainee with L B Holliday & Co of Huddersfield. He then joined Hay’s Wharf Ltd and later was Manager and subsequently Chairman of Humphrey & Grey Lighterage Co Ltd. He was also a director of Hay’s Wharf. In 1949 he was Master of the Waterman’s Company, and in 1951 President of the Master Lightermen’s Association.