John (CO 1950-55) was born in London on 1st August 1947, but his family soon moved away to Fairford Gloucestershire due to the war. Wartime education there as a toddler was to a small infant school for girls travelling by pony and trap.
Later he attended Oakley Hall Preparatory school where he won a scholarship to Marlborough College. He was in Cotton House and very much enjoyed his school years stretching from 1950 to 1955. He took part in light entertainment evenings and was always a keen cricketer, playing cricket for years to come.
On completing his A Levels, he was accepted at Exeter College, Oxford to read Law (although his preference had been to read Classics). Before taking up that place he was obliged to do National Service for two years, some of which was spent in Germany. He owned a car by then and used to drive home on leave through Holland and France.
He graduated in Law, and later took his MA, but before becoming an articled clerk he travelled across America with a colleague.
Upon return he started Articles of Clerkship to become a solicitor. After qualifying, he branched out and formed his own firm Plant, Gold & Co. Following the death of his legal partner he took his practice to Sebastians Solicitors in Fleet Street where he practised until his death.
He was a gentle family man who had a daughter, two sons and three granddaughters. He was married to Judith for nearly 58 years until his death at home on 17th October 2023 at the age of 86. He never retired and continued to serve his clients to the end. He had a clear and deep understanding of people and their needs and an innate natural charm.