A stalwart of the community will be sadly missed

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A POPULAR grandad who worked tirelessly for his community has been described as a “real gentleman”.

John Rose was on holiday in Somerset in May when he was rushed to hospital suffering from a ruptured aorta.

John underwent major surgery and after 10 days he was conscious and able to communicate with his family.

He was regaining strength and receiving physiotherapy.

But sadly he suffered a catastrophic brain haemorrhage and died on June 13, aged 75.

John was married to Elvira, also known as Vi, and lived in Muirhead. They had three children – Beverley (48), Sara (47) and Anthony (43) – and six grandchildren.

John, originally from Buckinghamshire, was a civil and structural engineer. He was still working part-time until April this year.

John was well known for his work in the community and often held positions as chairman or treasurer with various groups.

He was chairman of Chryston Community Council and treasurer of East Dunbartonshire Arts Council.

John was also involved with North Lanarkshire Crime Prevention, the licensing board, the Northern Corridor Forum and various NHS boards and committees.

John was a keen swimmer and officiated with Scotia Swimming Club in Bishopbriggs and with the Scottish Swimming Association.

His children were all swimmers.

Vi (74) said: “John had a great sense of humour. He told awful jokes and couldn’t remember the end of them.

“We met on a blind date. We celebrated our golden wedding anniversary last year and went to the little church in mid Wales where we were married for a blessing. John will be missed by a lot of people.”

Sara said: “When dad was in hospital he was determined to get better.

“A lot of people have said that dad was a lovely man and a real gentleman. His family and community were important to him.

“He was always involved in anything in the family and every school we went to he was on the PTA.”

Brian Elder, acting chairman of Chryston Community Council, said: “John will be missed by us all. John’s passing will be a great loss to our community council. His work over the years seemed endless.

“As soon as a need cropped up John was always willing to take up a new challenge.”

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