In memory of John Tebbit, 31 May 1930 - 9 June 2018.

Much loved by family and friends, John will be greatly missed. We will be forever grateful for the kindness, humility, fun, warmth and love he brought into our lives as a husband, father, brother, grandad and friend.

Unassuming and loyal, he dedicated much of his life to his family and his beloved Slough Town Football Club, who he supported through good times and bad from 1937, also serving as the club press officer and programme editor at various times and contributing to the programme right up until this last season.

John was also a member of St Mary’s Church, Slough, where he sung bass in the choir, assisted as a server, made readings and was a member of the congregation for over 50 years, attending services at least once a week. He made many good friends at the church where he explored his faith and beliefs.

He possessed a great intellect, which opened him many to interests that he would explore with enthusiasm and ultimately a vast knowledge of his favourite subjects. He was fondly known for heading to his bookshelf in the middle of a chat and coming back with a book on the subject.

He spent much of his working life as a Business Travel consultant for Hogg Robinson, where he was highly respected for advising clients on options for travel around the globe. He made many great friends working there and was a member of their successful travel quiz team. Some of the things he enjoyed most in his work were the Office Christmas Cricket match (actually in the office) and pub lunches.

Once he retired he went to the Open University and graduated with a BA hons in History and Music.

He loved his classical music - anything from his favourite Ralph Vaughan Williams to Bruckner - but was also interested in jazz, folk and even steam engine recordings, which he would enjoy playing at full volume when home alone to share with the neighbours. 

His other great passions were walking in the Chilterns, where he covered miles and often ended with a pint and some ‘ham, egg and chips’  which he shared with his lifelong friends Ron Harris and Brian Sayers.

In his younger years he played left back for Old Paludians FC, where he earned a reputationfor his ‘enthusiastic’ tackling and bony elbows and knees. Once retired from Old Pals, he could still be found playing football with his young sons and their friends in the local park, never losing the joy he found in the tackle, which meant the sound of him closing in often lead to the ball being surrended whilst the young player continued to run. Many a brave 10 year old goalkeeper tried to save one of his shots only to find themselves in the back of the net with the ball.

He never retired from the game and played right up until the final season at Arbour Park, although the latter years of his career were played out on the terraces whilst watching Slough, where he could be seen heading and kicking every ball, sometimes at the expense of his fellow spectators shins.

John's second club was Fulham where he used to make regular trips to Craven Cottage to meet friends or just go with his son. He was also a keen cricket fan, supporting England and Worcestershire and would travel to the odd game during the summer. When he wasn't watching he would enjoy bowling his 'dobbers' in the garden or hitting the ball into neighbours gardens or through the kitchen window.

He also enjoyed travel, painting, writing, quizzes and steam engines. He will also be fondly remembered for his enthusiasm playing Subbuteo tournaments with his sons and their friends and with the Hornby Railway he built up via many family Christmas and birthday presents.

Amiable and kindly, it's a testament to John that he had so many good friends and lasting friendships that he developed over the years.

John Tebbit

Funeral service is at St Mary's Church, Church St, Slough SL1 1PJ on Thursday 28th June 2018 at 1:15 pm

This will be followed by food and refreshments at Slough Town FC, Arbour Park, Slough SL2 5AY. There will be a short family cremation service for John at 2.30pm at Slough crematorium after which they will joining everyone at Arbour Park to remember and celebrate his life.

We’d like to ask all Slough Town fans to wear their shirts, scarves or club colours.

Arbour Park will be open to everyone from 2.15pm. There is ample parking.

Food and refreshments will be ready on arrival so please start and don’t worry about waiting for the family to arrive from the cremation.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

St Mary's Church, Church St, Slough SL1 1PJ St Mary's Church Church Street Slough SL1 1PJ

John requested that instead of flowers he'd prefer donations to the RNLI and St Marys Church. Please use the link below to donate. Alternatively donation boxes will be available at St Mary's Church and Arbour Park.

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