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LONDON, John Frederick

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LONDON, John Frederick

Passed away peacefully on 30 October 2018, aged 83, at Pembury Hospital. Loved beyond words by his wife, Merrill, children, grandchildren and great grandchild.

John Frederick London was born in Tonbridge Nursing Home (now part of the School site) on the 17th November 1934 to Doris and Eric London MBE. Returning to Sevenoaks after the war he attended Sevenoaks Preparatory School and entered Manor House in the Michaelmas Term 1948. John much enjoyed his time at Tonbridge playing rugby for the Colts and 3rds and as well as tennis and being a keen sprinter in athletics.

Leaving in 1952 to do his National Service in the Royal Artillery he became seriously ill a few days before being commissioned and spent the next year in and out of military hospitals. Joining the Bank of England, he worked in a variety of roles before moving to the First Bank of Boston and then the discount house Quinn Cope Ltd, working as a bill-broker, and eventually becoming a joint managing director. In semi-retirement, he renewed his links with the Royal Artillery by becoming the Finance Director of the Museum Trust before finally retiring.

Outside work, John enjoyed a happy family life having married in 1962 Merrill (nee Prior), who he met through the Young Conservatives. A son, James (MH 78-83) and two daughters followed. His other great interest throughout his life was local politics. He became a local Councillor in 1959 and served variously as an Urban District, Town, and County Councillor for the next 50 years, serving as the Sevenoaks Urban District Chairman, the Town Mayor three times, and Chairman of Kent County Council. On retirement he was appointed an Honorary Alderman and the first Freeman of Sevenoaks Town.

(MH 48-52)

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