I remember one day back in 1971. It was my sixth birthday and I had been out somewhere with one of the family. We had returned to Powderham Lodge and entered through the front door into the hall. I saw Jack sitting on a stair near the foot of the staircase with his head in his hands. I remember saying to him 'what's up granddad?'. He didn't reply. I was told he'd be ok and I was ushered into the lounge. That was the last time I saw him. Jack had had a massive heart attack. His constant workload had taken it's final toll on him and Jack had literally worked himself to death.
Jack was cremated at Brimington Crematorium and his ashes scattered on a plot in the crematorium's garden of remembrance allocated for those who died on the 20th of the month. When Phyllis passed a number of years later, her ashes joined Jack's on the same plot.
Birthdays, for me, never had the same sparkle as they seem to have for other people. They are now merely the anniversary of my birth and I don't really celebrate them anymore.
People often wax lyrically about their loved ones being the nicest person they would ever hope to meet.
Jack was only with us for the first six years of my life, and although I loved my granddad, I really can only remember a very few things about him like helping build a greenhouse with him and Uncle Wink. I can't tell you how great he was, because I didn't know him for that long. What I can tell you is that everybody I've met that knew him, have spoken so highly of him and still do. All the family members, no matter how distant, remember him often and still speak fondly of him. Our Jack, Gramps, Uncle Jack, Pops, Mr Mawson, no matter how people refer to him every single person still has the utmost respect for him and remembering him brings a smile to their face. That is the sign of a great man.
Rest in peace Grandad
17TH JANUARY 1903
20TH JUNE 1971
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