December 17th 2020
No year should end with sad news but this year continues to take more than it gives.
Our friend John Franklin has passed away due to covid complications.
John wasn’t just a volunteer, he was a shoulder anyone could lean on. You didn’t even need to ask, he’d just be there ready to listen to any problem you had. He’d encourage and support, and not judge. You couldn’t know John and not like him, John found many friends in BCV.
He volunteered not only with BCV but also The Wildlife Trust, and the Trust’s Men in Sheds group, a group that helps isolated men find a place and a purpose in the community. John’s ability to connect with people helped these lost individuals open up and find themselves, he probably saved many men from lives of misery and despair with just a few simple words.
John was someone whose friendship and humanity should be aspired to by everyone. His loss is a tragedy for his family, friends, the community and all who knew him. Love and condolences to John’s family, we are all thinking of you.
I’m sure many people have memories of John, if you send them to me I’ll add them to this post.
UPDATE – 08/01/21
John’s funeral was on 7th January, at 12:00 noon at the west chapel, Overdale Cemetery. Only a limited number of people was allowed to attend, 10 family and 9 from the volunteer groups John was part of.
The family has asked for donations to be made to the British Lung Foundation in John’s memory, if that is something you would like to do. If you would like to send a card to John’s wife Evelyn and his family then the Wildlife Trusts’ Steven Cartwright can take these up to them on your behalf. Please send them to ‘Evelyn Franklin, c/o Stephen Cartwright, 499-511 Bury Road, Bolton, BL2 6DH’. Please can I ask that these arrive no later than 18th January to avoid unnecessary disturbance to the family.
The Friends of Seven Acres are planning on holding a tree planting session on site in memory of John at some point in the future so if you feel that is a more appropriate way to pay your respects then please await news of that.
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