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Tribute to John Hedgecoe and funeral details

Tribute to John Hedgecoe and funeral details

Jim Law10 May - 14:10
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John’s funeral will take place at 2.30pm on Friday 24th May 2024 at Bunbury Church (St Boniface).

A thoroughly and unquestionably good man, who leaves for those that knew him, an abundance of memories and a reminder that ‘this is what decent looks like.'
- Ian Thistlewood

The sadness and shock of John’s unexpected passing is also set against the undeniable need to celebrate a life truly well lived. A brilliant cricketer, a trusted teammate, a loyal friend and an utterly devoted, caring and loving father and husband. A thoroughly and unquestionably good man, who leaves for those that knew him, an abundance of memories and a reminder that ‘this is what decent looks like’.

For so many John was synonymous with Boughton Hall, through several generations and playing different roles. As a fierce first team competitor playing in the Liverpool Comp John won titles, and took buckets of wickets. Take some time when you’re next in the club to look at the photos on the wall, and see John staring down the barrel of the camera as he’d stare down opposition batters. Remind yourself that not everyone gets on that wall!

Also take some time to think of John when watching the enthusiastic amateurs on the back pitch, or the even more enthusiastic future stars finding their way in junior cricket haring around the outfield – take a moment, a slug of your drink, enjoy the sun on your face, and raise a little toast.

As a back pitch captain in his later years John pulled off the ever so important task of ensuring competitive but enjoyable senior cricket experiences, with bringing through the next generation of talent. I was one of that next generation, although the talent part is perhaps a little too misty eyed. John was my first senior captain – I’d have been 13 or 14 – a boy in a man’s world, trying not to make mistakes, offering to score, enjoying a bottle of coke and packets of crisps as the seniors thoroughly deconstructed the day’s play in the clubhouse post-game. John not only cared for this young buck, he also took the time to teach, coach and guide – in his actions just as much as his words. I learnt from him skills of captaincy and leadership, although I doubt I recognised that at the time.

More importantly, I learnt how to treat young people in an adult environment – John was part of a golden group of friends and teammates who instinctively knew that cricket, and being part of a team, and showing care and consideration to young minds was more important than most things in life. Certainly more important than ephemeral things like runs, wickets, wins, draws or losses. There are no losses when you approach life like that.

John lives on in Lynn, Jonti and Sophie. Devoted doesn’t begin to do it. His care, his pride, and a love that would serve a million lifetimes was a wind at their backs that never stopped blowing, and never will. Let’s add to that gust as we remember John, and as we celebrate with his family a life truly well lived by a thoroughly and unquestionably good man.

John’s funeral will take place at 2.30pm on Friday 24th May at Bunbury Church (St Boniface).
It will be followed by a committal at Tattenhall cemetery (family only).

A celebration of his life will follow at Pear Tree Cottage, Crimes Lane, Beeston.
There will be a tent, drink and some food.

The family would very much like you to join this celebration at their home - bring your smiles and memories to share in John’s favourite place in the world.

Ian Thistlewood

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