Johnny Castle (1942-47)
The Chairman and I attended Johnís Funeral
in 2009 and I will quote from a Eulogy which was read out because itís
author Alan Burnett (1942-47) who was a great friend of Johnís when they
were Classmates at Holloway was ill and indisposed.
John who was extremely fond of the
outdoors became on leaving School a Shipping Clerk and eventually rose to
become a Freight Manager. He
used to comment that in the days of London Docks they were used to pilferage
but in modern times of Containers, they would lose whole Containers which
they used to find abandoned on the road from Harwich.
John eventually became redundant which gave him the opportunity to
take up Estate Management much of which he studied from Books.
He was described as
chirpy, irrepressible, and with a quirky sense of humour and a sunny
disposition. He had many
hobbies connected with his love of the outdoors and also boxed in the Army
and played Football for the Camdenians for over 20 years.
Evidently he and Alan lost touch when he moved to Sussex but were brought together
again via the Camdenians. He
suffered a few knocks and adversities in life and endured a great deal of
illness towards the end but had a a propensity for bouncing back.
A man who it was a pleasure to know, a good friend, and good company.