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John Peter Rhodes

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

Date passed: 12th of October 2019

Funeral date: 23rd of October 2019

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

John sadly passed away in the care of Leighton Hospital on the 12th October, aged just 69 years.

The beloved husband of Jean. A devoted stepdad of Angela, Audrey, Annett and Christopher. A cherished grandad of Nathan, George and Charlie and loving brother of Brenda. John will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by all his family and friends.

John was born on Saturday 22nd July 1950 in Hammersmith, west London.

After leaving school he became a qualified joiner. Other jobs included driving LGV”s, working at The Crosville, Alvaston Hall, Cranage Hall and at Wychwood Park.

He was quite a sporty individual, who enjoyed partaking in archery, football and golf, to name but a few.

John’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 23rd October in the Crematorium Chapel, Crewe at 2.40pm, followed by cremation.

Donations in John’s memory will be gratefully received on behalf of The MacMillan Centre at Leighton Hospital.

For any further information please contact our funeral home on 01270 584447.

20 Condolences

  1. Angela Soper. on October 16, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    So sorry to hear about John . Sending all our deepest sympathy. Lovely man. X Angela, Jed and family.

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  2. Chris Meredith on October 16, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    John was my stepdad for 42 wonderful years and he did such a wonderful job in raising me and my 3 sisters. He was a loving husband to my Mum, always working hard to support the family that he selflessly immersed himself into. He was an amazing grandad to our two young boys George & Charlie who loved him with all their hearts and it was obvious from the moment they were born he felt exactly the same.
    After his horrendous battle with cancer over the last 18 months the only positive to pull from his death is that he is no longer in pain and is now thankfully at peace. Sadly, not with his family who loved him dearly and are now all heartbroken without him.
    The staff on ward 11 at Leighton Hospital were phenomenal over his last days, offering unconditional care, compassion, love & support to all of us and especially John. Thank you to all of them.
    Now as a family we mourn, we attempt to fill a massive void left in our lives. We remember all of the wonderful times, the holidays, the fun, the laughter, the practical jokes, the weddings, the births, the great times, his smile, his gentleness, his kindness, his integrity, his phenomenal range of practical DIY skills (I’m really going to miss these!), his persona, his everything.
    Me – I’m completely devastated and my heart aches with sadness that I’ve never experienced before. I cry just thinking about you, I pray life without you will one day get easier and I miss you every single second of the day. Me, Sarah and our beautiful boys George & Charlie love you so very, very much and you will remain locked in our hearts forever. We will support each other, look after Mum and all of those that you loved.
    RIP John, Stepdad, Grandad and in true Team Meredith style Love-Love

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  3. George Meredith on October 16, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Grandad – you were the very best. I will miss you every day and never ever forget your kind face.
    Me and Charlie will look after Grandma for you.
    Love love, George (11)

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  4. Charlie Meredith on October 16, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Dear Grandad
    You will always be in the depths of my heart. We will never forget you and we will take extra special care of Grandma for you.
    I wish we were still building castles together on the beach in Mallorca.
    Love love, Charlie (9)

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    • Grandma on October 17, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      Love love George xx
      Love love Charlie xx

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  5. Peter on October 17, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Although I didn’t know John, everything I know about him shows he was a wonderful man. My pal, Chris, talks about him in such lovely terms and has for all the years we’ve been pals. John was a fantastic dad to Chris, and the way Chris has developed is, in great part, thanks to John’s guidance. I wish I had known such a fine man

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  6. Karen Garfield (nee Blackburn) on October 17, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Remembering a kind , gentleman from my teenage years. A great loss to you all, especially Brenda. Sending condolences.

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  7. Maxine Berridge on October 17, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Dear John,

    As children we went on holidays with our families. Then you moved north and you met Jean and joined her family and had a wonderful life. Brenda kept me updated on your health and your battle with cancer.
    You are now out of pain and up there with your mum and dad, my mum Iris, Auntie Mo, Uncle Alan and Uncle Morris, probably having a big party like they use to have when we were kids.
    RIP John

    Love Maxine and family. X x

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  8. Paul antony forster on October 17, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Will miss you lot’s, you have been part of my life for many years, you will be in my thoughts for ever, love you lot’s xx from Paul and Julie and family xxx

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  9. Richard Scott on October 17, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Knew John for many years, and he was very kind and helpful. Always managed to make a funny comment, usually at Jean’s expense. I admire his and Jean’s resilience with his health problems.

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  10. Alana ray guy on October 17, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Dear John, we knew you partly through your Annette, also Jean looked after our late Keith years ago. Last time we saw you was in Morrisons and you were hoping to go away for a mini break.
    We’re so sad to hear of your passing 😞 but we know the angels are looking after you now, also you’re not in pain anymore.
    Always loved your smile
    Rest in peace, dear friend
    Love Alana & Ray Guy 🤗

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    • Brenda Ross on October 17, 2019 at 8:38 pm

      My brother John. … although we lived miles apart you were always in my thoughts and in my heart.

      I’m sorry that we didn’t see each other more often but you were always my big brother.

      You were a kind, gentle and loving man and everyone loved you for those very reasons. Always there for those who needed help, selflessly and no questions asked.

      I’m glad I came to see you before you joined mum and dad and became an angel … fly high in the sky John and watch over us all.

      Rest in peace John … will always love you and keep you in my heart.

      Love to you from your little sis Brenda xxxx💔

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  11. Lesley Allen on October 17, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    He was a lovely and beautiful man, he always had a laugh and made you smile. Rest in peace John, love Lesley x

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  12. Adam Stevenson on October 17, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Cousin John. Good memories from when you lived with our Dad, your Uncle Fred back in the 70’s in Ettiley Avenue. Your record collection was amazing and a source of much fun and enjoyment for Rachel and I. Rest in Peace cousin xxx

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  13. Antony Basford on October 17, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    John, my father in law, your passing has left such a massive void, you were one of the kindest most gentle men I have had the privilege to know and I am honoured to be a member of you family. The pain in time for all will ease but your memory will not, till the day we meet again. I miss you and I love you, Antony x

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  14. Emma Rhodes on October 21, 2019 at 8:09 am

    My nunkie John….
    The most gentle, kindest, funniest man I’ve ever known.
    In my younger years when you still lived at home with us you were more like a dad to me rather than an uncle, growing up I still got to see lots of you, once you became a northerner, you & Jean many times turning up in middle of the night, chucking stones at the window to announce your arrival, up till all hours swapping stories, laughing, joking, bringing us proper pork pies.. I miss those days.
    I remember the John tickles, until I couldn’t breathe, your wicked sense of humour, the practical jokes which is in the Rhodes blood, a smile that could light up any room.
    Sadly had not seen you for a few years, since your last visit with Jean & your fluffy doggo’s, but you were always in my thoughts, I’m so sad I didn’t get to see you again for just one more hug & to see one more smile & to let you know just how much I have always and will always love you.
    I know how hard your illness was & how much it took it’s toll, it’s not fair that you’ve been taken from us, you’re one of the good ones, never hurt a fly & always there for others, but I’m glad your beautiful soul is now at peace with Nannie Rhodes & your dad.. I can imagine the stories & partying & jokes that are going on up there between you all.. forever part of my heart.
    I miss you. I love you.
    Emma xx

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    • Chris Meredith on October 21, 2019 at 10:27 am

      Beautiful kind words Emma. Wonderful memories that seem just like yesterday x

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  15. Angela Laurie on October 23, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Well what can I say about the most caring, loving and gentle man you could ever meet.
    John has been a fantastic role model to us 4 kids and loved my Mum dearly.
    The day you gave me away, you made me so proud of you and I hope you are proud of today and the memories we will share with all that knew and loved you.
    We love you John Rhodes and I am proud to have you as my step dad.
    No longer in pain but missed and will never ever be forgotten.
    All my love your eldest Daughter Ang 💖

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  16. Audrey Pragnall on October 23, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    RIP John.
    Forever in the hearts of everyone.
    Gone but you will never be forgotten.
    Audrey & Nathan 💞💞💞💞

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  17. Elizabeth Jean Rhodes on November 9, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    John was so kind and loving, not just as a husband but also as step dad to my four children. He never looked upon them as mine but ours and treated them as if he was their biological dad with more love than I ever thought possible. As they grew up he was always there to listen and offer help where needed. He often played taxi driver and assisting with diy projects in their homes. He was so proud that Angela and Annette asked him to give them away when they married and accompanied Chris when he married in Rome. He also loved and often played with our grand children, firstly Nathan then more recently George and Charlie. We all have our memories which are very diverse of a southerner that definitely became a northerner over the 44 years he lived here , I am sure none of us will ever forget the effect he had on our lives.
    Thank you everyone for your support and the comments written and also sent to John’s family xx

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