John's funeral will be held on Thursday 8th Feb at 1.15 at Coychurc Crematorium, Simonston Road, Coychurch, Bridgend CF35 6AB. After the service people are invited back to Pencoed Social Club, Hendre Road, Pencoed CF35 6TB
It is with great sorrow that Welsh Masters Athletics announce the passing of one of our most outgoing and charismatic characters, John Howe. We convey our sympathies to Chris, Kevin, Jackie and family to whom this has come as such a great shock, as it has to all of us.
John played rugby for a local Bridgend team well into his 40’s and in the mid 1980’s took up pole vaulting again and was soon initiated into the close-knit fraternity of British veteran pole vaulters. As a member of the Cardiff Club, John soon branched out into coaching and within the next few years achieved the Senior Coaching level. At the same time he extended his own interests into throws and hurdles and entered multi event competitions. For him, the social appeal of the events was an absolute pleasure.
John eventually transferred to the Rhondda Club where he was patently most happy, made so many friends and was so valued.
In latter years, although his knees were completely shot, he still entered pole vault events but even with the help of copious amounts of pain killers, he found it difficult to run up and it was obvious to everyone that he was bravely fighting severe pain.
John was born in Bridgend and after finishing school became an electrical apprentice. He then joined the RAF as a career entrant and worked on Nimrods on wet reconnaissance – that is everything happening under the water. As a result of his various stints of service around the country, he met a young lady from the Manchester area whom he married. The union resulted in two children, Jackie and Kevin but towards the end of his RAF service the marriage broke up. During the ensuing period, whilst he was a business representative for an industrial catering company, he obtained the Open University Degree. This allowed him to get a job in the Technical College at Bridgend as a lecturer, a vocation to which he was eminently suited.
It was around this time that John tried to buy some furniture for his new home. To quote him, he was served by “a fussy, short, plump lady who just did not stop talking”. It is unclear whether or not he bought the furniture. Nevertheless, he ended up with his future wife, Chris, an acquisition he was never to regret.
Please remember all those entertaining moments you had with him and rejoice in the memory of his sociable and personable nature. Without doubt, that’s what John would want.