Obituary: John Boon

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John Boon

JOHN (Jack) Boon, a retired motor engineer, taxi proprietor and funeral vehicle supplier, formerly of Scotgate and Chatsworth Road, Stamford, died at Peterborough Hospital, after a short illness aged 99.

He was born in Peckham, South London, and later moved to Stilton, Huntingdonshire where he met his future wife, Norah Walpole, who was in service at Conington Castle with his younger sister Eileen. He, along with his neighbour, Fred Stretton, built their own houses in Stilton in 1936.

Jack served an apprenticeship at Peterborough Motors.

He moved further down the village in 1946 where he ran Stilton Garage until 1956, when he moved to Stamford, having purchased the petrol filling station in Scotgate from Alfred Dexter, father of Colin Dexter (Morse fame) until 1973.

He then moved to Chatsworth Road. John was often seen walking in Casterton Road with his labrador Bob, after his wife died in 1974. His hobbies included walking and playing dominoes and crib for the White Swan, Stamford.

The funeral service was conducted by Canon Hayden Smart at Marholm Crematorium.

Family mourners included: David and Mary Boon, Ernie and Margaret Boon, Mary Rollerson, Ray Palmer, Alison Boon, Mark Turland, Mark and Cheryl Boon, Simon and Kirsty Boon, Mary and Mike Reeves, Jennifer Hepher (representing Simon and Sally), Valerie and John Skinner, Linda Day, A Warren, Pam and Dave Minney (Chris and Jane Walpole), Delia and Michelle Pulley, Glyn Murrell.

Sympathisers included: Jack Adams, Peter Bromley, David and Judy Barnett (Jonathon, Steven and Rachael Stafford), Tom and Dot Broadley (Ron Jones), Sharon Jones (Dave, Charlotte, Callum and Stuart Skinn), Lorna and Brian Ketteringham (Sara, Jason, Darren, Clare), Edward and Linda Naylor, Sandra Naylor (family), Gordon, Jill and Lynn Rollerson, Bill and Roger Stallwood, Phil Smith, Brenda and Keith Tompkins (family), Selina and John Walker, Val and Richard Wright (Lisa and Shelley); Chris Wright, Colin and Joyce Day, Neville Johnson (Wendy) and Doug Trundle (Woadmans Arms), Chris and Tracey Munden, Connor, Alice Brett, Terry Gray, Caravel Jarvis (Caz).