During the summer recess Laurie Joyce sent me an email that left me
stunned. John Montague had been taken to Battle Hospital after a slight
stroke. During his recovery he suffered another more serious attack
from which he never recovered.
John was of Canadian descent and lived locally in Caversham. He and
his family were very active in St Andrews Church. His wife, Jean, is
in the choir and his son is key part of the committee organising the
redevelopment of the hall and surrounding areas.
John has been a member of RFVM for as long as I can remember. He loved
the club meetings and was rarely absent no matter what the topic. We
did not often see films from John but those we saw showed he had a good
feel for the medium we all enjoy.
John was usually the first to arrive at every meeting and saw the placement
of chairs as his personal role.
He was also keen on bookbinding and had an extensive collection at
home. He was very active and still undertook consultancies whenever
he was asked and able to help.
John's funeral was held at St Andrews on 31st July 2003. Although
I was unable to attend I know a great number of RFVM members paid their
final respects to a well loved man. I have written to Jean on behalf
of RFVM expressing our sadness and condolences at John's death.
Before his illness he was working with Laurie, Bob and Denis on their
"Every Picture Tells a Story" project.
No picture will ever do justice to such a kind, gentle man as John
Montague. We will miss him.
Neil Hodgson Chairman