John played in the back row for a number of years for Marlow’s 1st XV. Later John became the Club’s first non-playing 1st XV coach – previously the coaching role had been carried out by the 1st XV playing captain.
Away from Rugby, John was a renowned Agricultural Scientist. Before retiring he worked on a scheme to produce a highly productive strain of rice which was resistant to climate change. Rising temperatures threaten to significantly reduce yields, with an increase of just two or three degrees C. possibly enough to prompt a fall in yield of about 50 per cent. The project was funded by the Bill Gates Foundation and the aim was to revolutionise food production in the developing world.
In 2012 John’s work was recognised by the award of an OBE for his services to Agricultural Science and Development, which was presented by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
Our thoughts are with Gaynor and John’s family at this difficult time.
Friday 21st June.
• A thanksgiving funeral at 12.30pm at All Saints Church in Marlow, preceded by a cremation at Amersham at 10.15am to which close friends and family are welcome.
• Following the church service, everyone is welcome to join the family for refreshments at Harleyford Golf Club (SL7 2SP) at 2pm.
Updated 16:03 - 14 Aug 2019 by Tim Platt
President, Marlow RUFC