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  • John Childs. Passed away May 3rd 2010

     Robert Lambie updated 10 years, 5 months ago 102 Members · 131 Posts
  • Peter Mindham

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    [left]http://www.uksignboards.com/images/avatars/uploads/8631619394b46630e3f4e4.jpg[/left]John Childs
    May 3rd 2010

    It is with deep regret that I inform all our friends on the UK signboards that John Childs, Managing Director of Corby Graphix, passed away yesterday at home of a suspected heart attack.

    Corby Graphix will continue to operate in the short to mid term.
    A decision will be made by the Childs family as to the future of the business in the fullness of time.

    For any further information, please contact Peter Mindham at Corby Graphix direct on 01536 771772 or email sales@vanlivery.co.uk

    I am sure you join me in offering John’s family your condolences and your prayers and thoughts in this trying time.

    Peter Mindham
    General Manager.

    .

  • Marcella Ross

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I’m absolutely devastated at this. Shocked to the core.
    Peter, I will keep in touch.

    My love to Jenny and the family.

    He will be so so missed. 😥 😥 😥

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I too am deeply shocked. Such awful news.
    My condolences to the family.

    He will be deeply missed.

  • Peter Normington

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    What do I say,
    I am devastated.

    Peter

  • Steve Morgan

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    What terrible news, please offer my condolences to his family. I will miss his valuable input here on the boards.

    Steve

  • Lynn Normington

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    This is absolutely heart breaking, such a lovely lovely man.
    Love to Jenny and family any help needed please ask. 😥 😥

    Lynn

  • Matty Goodwin

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    John, a true friend.

    Love to all your family.

    A true loss to us all x

  • David Rowland

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Totally shook up! i mean totally!

    only saw him 3 weeks ago

    Silent Key G4RUS R.I.P.

  • Ian Johnston

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    A true gentleman, I cant believe it.
    RIP. sadly missed

    Ian

    😥

  • David Rogers

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    He will be sadly missed by all who knew him personally and only via this site including myself.

    Always the gentleman, I very much respected him.

    Peter, if you can – and it’s not an imposition, please pass on my condolences to his family.

    Very much shocked and saddened.

    David

  • Chris Dowd

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    So shocked, only a few weeks back Peter, John, Rob and I out for the night of SignUK.

    As has already been said, a true gentleman.

    RIP John

  • John Thomson

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Such sad news………spoke to John at Sign UK.

    My condolences to Jenny, his family and also to Peter his right hand man.

    John

  • Martin Gray

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I PM him a few weeks back about a problem i was having! Total gentleman offered to even come meet me to help me out. Will be sadly missed RIP John

    Martin 🙁

  • Harry Cleary

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    A true, warm and genuine man, a strong light has gone out.
    My condolences to all who knew him and to his family.

  • Matty Goodwin

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I was only with him yesterday morning, when he opened up to supply me with vinyl I was desperate for.

    That was the kind of guy he was, always there to help.

    A sad loss to friends, family and signmakers. x

  • Neil Speirs

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    What sad news 🙁

    Only meet John for the first time at last months sign show & thought what a nice guy, the boards have lost a true gentleman.

  • Warren Beard

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I don’t even know what to say, I haven’t been this shook up in a very long time. I too had a drink with him At Sign UK and spoke to him just last week.

    He will be truly missed and is a very sad day, he was always one of the first to help me out via the forum or private messages and am very glad to have had the chance to meet him a few times and talk to him over the last few years.

    Peter I will be in touch soon but please send my condolences to family and friends.

    R.I.P John

    Warren

  • Jill Marie Welsh

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    What tragic news.
    Thanks for letting us know.
    John was such a decent man, helpful, dedicated, a true friend.
    Hard to even write "was".
    He and Jenny drove all the way here just to go to dinner.
    My heartfelt sympathy to all who loved him.
    He was one of those rare people you meet who really touch your life.
    Love….Jill

  • Dan Osterbery

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    very sad news, RIP john. You will be missed

  • Martin Grimmer

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Saddened to hear the news – he always had time to help.

    My condolences to his family.

    Martin

  • Cheryl Smith

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    OMG I am shocked to the core…sad sad day….Cant believe it…I am truly gutted…so sad….I still cant believe it…

  • Joe McNamara

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    🙁
    Absolute tragedy and a sad loss to his family and this community.

    Like others, I can’t quite believe it.

    Did some contract work for John last summer, and you couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with.
    Nothing was too much trouble.

    A true gentleman gone too soon.

  • Phill Fenton

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    This is such sad news – I am absolutely shocked.

  • Nigel Hindley

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I never met you John, but gutted none the less. RIP

  • Kevin Flowers

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Total shock had to read it twice to check i hadn’t misread it, my condolences to his family. RIP John

    Kev

  • Glenn Sharp

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    So sorry and shocked to hear this…..

    John was a man that I never had the privilege to meet but one I had the utmost respect for

    I’m genuinely shocked and saddened and my thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family

    A true gent….God Bless

  • Jeremy Howes

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    A wise and gentle man who will be missed and never forgotten.

    Jeremy

  • Andy Gorman

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Oh dear. I am speechless.
    A good mate and a smashing human being.

  • Simon Polakof

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    WOW!
    I’m shocked to hear! Hi was always one of the first to answer my questions and offered to continue the discussion by email to help me out.
    I will miss him and his inputs!
    My condolences to his family.

  • Ruairi O’Boyle

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I didn’td get much of a chance to get to know John but anytime I had a query he was extremely helpful!

    Rest in peace u will be missed!!

  • Debbie Astle

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    What terribly shocking and sad news 🙁 John was a lovely man. Sincere condolences to his wife and family xx

  • Chris Windebank

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    so so sad, you will be missed dearly John

  • Brian Hays

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Awful news, don’t usually read the off topic posts. Just flicked over to see this, gutted. Thoroughly nice guy & the best customer anybody could wish for 😥 😥

    R.I.P John.

    Condolences to all his family.

  • Mike Grant

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    OMG! what a shock to hear this tragic news. John personally helped me with artwork problems I had a few years ago. Spoke to him a few times on the blower and of course met him in person at last years Sign UK.
    As has already been said he was a true gent and will be a great loss to family and friends alike.
    My sincerest condolences to his family.

    😥 Rest in Peace John.

  • Derek Heron

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    i would like to add My sincerest condolences to johns family

    a true gent

    Derek

  • Kate Griffiths

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Such sad sad news…a really lovely guy. Tragic.
    Love to Johns wife and family.

    x x x x x x x x

  • John Gregson

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I’d like to offer my condolences too!

    He helped me with an artwork problem, converted files for me and wouldn’t take anything for it – not even a few printed promo samples I offered him for his company.

    Smashing bloke, real gent.

  • Liam Pattison

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Would just like to repeat what everyone has said, Corby Graphics has done print work for me and John went out of his way to offer me great help with another job.

    Will miss his posts on here.

    My thoughts go out to his family

    Liam

  • David Rowland

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    well i posted once already but since people are posting their experiences. My colleague rang me up asking if i knew any sign maker near Rockingham that we needed to cut a bit of avery needed for next day, suddenly thought of John and rang him, he helped us out which I was very thankful for.

    I think it goes without doubt that John Childs has made a huge contribution to the sign makers on this board, its amazing how this place connects up people and it also connected up two bikers which then lead them working together.

    John was great company at the SignUK’s I have been to, my thoughts with Peter, Jenny and family.

  • Neil Davey

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    OMG, I’ve just seen this after seeing Peters avatar, what a terrible shock.

    I would like to send my deepest condolences to Johns family and friends, he will be sorely missed.

    I was very fortunate to meet John at last years Sign Show and had quite a long conversation with him about the sign business and life in general and I must say that in person he was a thoroughly decent guy and full of wisdom.

    I’ll miss reading your posts,

    Goodbye John.

    Neil

  • Peter Mindham

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Hi All,
    Thanks for your kind words. I will of course pass them all on to the family. For those of you who have pm’d me. Many thanks for your kind words also. Unfortunately, I am unable to reply to them as my membership does not allow it at this time.
    John was a great friend and also a great mentor to me and I will miss him deeply. We are determined to continue if at all possible and will certainly be ensuring any outstanding contracts will be fulfilled. Once things have moved on, we will be discussing the longer view and will of course keep everyone posted.
    When I have news of arrangements etc, I will post them here.

    Again, many thanks for your kind words.

    Peter

  • Martin Oxenham

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    My condolences to his family. RIP John.

  • Roger Clements

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Never had the good fortune to meet with John but from the posts here he was obviously a really nice chap. Condolences to those left behind. RIP John.

  • Paul Humble

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    John often gave me advice and considering I had never met him in person im still absolutely gutted.

    What a genuinely nice bloke and good advertisement for Signmakers worldwide.

    RIP John

  • Gill Harrison

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    This is extremely sad news. John’s posts have always been full of encouragement and wisdom.
    My deepest condolences go to his family.

    Gill x

  • Steve McAdie

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Can’t believe it. I never knew him other than from on here but I always thought what a wise man he was and took on board his advice.

    Steve

  • Gary Birch

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I too am really shocked at this very sad news.

    RIP John

  • Marcella Ross

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    The news hasn’t sunk in yet. I was speaking to JC just last week, we kept in regular contact. We had just arrange dinner in Glasgow later this month.
    I have pm’s in my inbox and texts on my phone from him that I can’t bear to delete now.
    Chocolates in my cupboard he sent me from Belgium and vinyls just received from him for me to fit for one of his customers.

    It’s all very surreal and terribly painful. 😥

    A man no one had a bad word to say about. He had all our respect and he always will.

    Missing my good friend. 😥

  • Nigel Pugh

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    John Childs, not a customer but a friend, a person who from day one of knowing him treated me like so many people on here as a friend.

    John you are one of the most honest straight forward people I have ever had the good grace to meet and I thank you sir for looking on me as a friend.

    Rest in peace Mr.Childs you will be greatly missed.

    Nigel

  • Graeme Harrold

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Only just got back on after an extended weekend and speechless. Met John last year at sign UK and his on-line persona did not do the real life man justice. I will miss his help and advice as it was always freely given and above all spot on.

    You will be missed.

  • Roy Roffey

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    my god i cannot believe the sad news……

    i have not been on much due to us getting a new printer, i had only spoke to John last week about this to seek his advice and as always keen to help with knowledge and encouragement..

    I think we have lost one of the kindest and most respected guy you could meet..our thoughts are with his family….

    John Childs – Top Bloke…. :appl:

    roffs

  • Chris Wool

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm
    quote :

    I think we have lost one of the kindest and most respected guy you could meet..our thoughts are with his family….

    John Childs – Top Bloke….

    thanks Roy thats what i was trying to write.

    John and i shared the same birthday and year makes me feel very sad thankful for knowing him and very vulnerable.

    thank you JC.

  • Shane Drew

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I am totally numb. Couldn’t believe what I was reading when Peter Normington emailed me this morning.

    John and Jenny Childs treated David McTigue and I so well while I was over in the UK last year. They accommodated us in their house, they took us to meet others, they fed us and John gave me advice that you couldn’t buy.

    He was, in all aspects, a genuine and caring guy.

    He spoke well of Peter Mindham, and they had a great relationship. He also appreciated all his staff, more than, I suspect, they’ll ever know.

    To Jenny, their children, all the staff, and of course Peter M, please know that, whilst your heart is breaking, so are ours.

    The boards have lost a true mentor, but most of all, we have all lost a true and valued friend.

    Please take care.

    Love to all.


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  • Andrew Bennett

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    What!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OMG, it just makes you realise the inevitability of it all.
    Thanks for being the point of contact for this Peter, are you ok?

  • Matty Goodwin

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Great photo’s Shane. It was only yesterday I was stood in front of that desk, with the great man himself behind it!

    Hope your ok Pete and all the staff. Anything I can do to help just call.

    Gone but not forgotten

  • Frank Horner

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Just logged on and have been so shocked. I was never fortunate enough to meet John but I read many of his posts and learned from him.
    My thoughts go out to his family at this sad time.

    Frank

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm
    quote Chris Dowd:

    only a few weeks back Peter, John, Rob and I out for the night of SignUK.

    I have literally just read this…

    As Chris has said, we went out for a meal and drinks with Peter & John just at couple of weeks back at Sign UK. I was supposed to be meeting him again in the next couple of weeks for the same in Glasgow.

    I really do not know what to say… struggling to get my head round this news.

  • Martin Cole

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I am truly truly devastated. I can’t believe it.

    Words fail me at the moment,

    To the Godfather of UKSB and the wisest man I ever had the good fortune to meet John, may you rest in peace.

    My heart goes out to Jenny and his family and also to you Peter.

  • Andrew Boyle

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Just heard….so so sad…John was a lovely guy who always talked such sense….my deepest sympathy to all his family and friends.

  • Nick Monir

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Deeply saddened by the news. Never had the pleasure of meeting John, yet, like many others on here, he helped me on many occasions. A more kind-hearted man you could not find.

    My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  • Gareth Hankinson

    Member
    May 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for your help John, always there for advice and a keen fellow biker.

    RIP mate, thoughts with your friends and family at this sad time.

    Gareth

  • Tim Painter

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Sadly never had the pleasure of meeting John.
    A true ambassador who will be missed here but not forgotten.

    My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  • John Simpson

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 8:06 am

    As some of you will know i took early retirement 2 & half years ago so that i could move over here to paradise island off the coast of Malaysia.
    John & i often discussed this over the phone before i left the UK & have kept in touch since by email, i cannot believe this gentle kind friend has gone before he could except my invite to come here for his holidays.

    John & i 1st met as many of us have, at one of the sign UK shows, we struck up a good friendship which had lasted till now even though we couldn’t meet up with each other we always kept in touch……… a valued friend who will sorely be missed. Such a sad moment in time.

  • Richard Urquhart

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 8:12 am

    RIP John. I have just returned from Spain to read this shocking news, my thoughts are with you all and Johns family. John will be truly missed but never forgotten, total shock !

  • John Dorling

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Like many others on here I only knew John because of the sound advice and knowledge he freely gave out on this site, and from the couple of times he helped me out by supplying me with vinyl I needed in a hurry. It always struck me that he was very helpful to anyone who needed his advice and would go out of his way to help. R.I.P John.

  • Phil Craddock

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 8:33 am

    totally shocked and condolences to John’s family.

    although I never met him it was nice to know him on the forum.

    he will be sadly missed.

    Phil

  • Paul Hughes

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 8:49 am

    🙁

    When things like this happen it just reminds me that we should all make every day count, never know when there will not be any more tomorrows.

    will miss you john. RIP

    Paul

  • David Lowery

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 9:08 am

    What a shock! He will be sadly missed.
    Loved chatting to him at each sign show

    Condolences to John’s family. 🙁

  • Adam Triggs

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

    My thoughts are with johns family and friends at this difficult time.

    When I started 3 years ago, some of the advice I received from john enabled my business to be what it is today.

    RIP

  • Karl Williams

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Very sad news. A good mate and a good man who would do anything he could to help out. The boards wont be the same without him and his sense of humour. We wont forget you mate.

  • John Harding

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 10:17 am

    First day back after a weekend away and I’ve just thoroughly read through each and every tribute, with tears in my eyes – words fail me I cannot add to these fine tributes Im shocked and saddened.

    John

  • John Singh

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Absolutely gutted
    What a loss

    John shoved some work my way when things were really thin on the ground

    I told him honestly that had it not been for him I would have been struggling. It was enough to get me on the level again.

    John was the kind of bloke who had time to have a little chat on the phone with you and not just about signs. He loved his bikes and his taste for wines

    It has truly devastated me to hear this news
    It must be truly heart rending for his family

    He will be truly missed by UK Signboards

  • George Elsmore

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I have just read this as i have been busy I am devastated, I type this with a tear in my eye, I am glad I met John again at the sign show, my sympathies go out to his family.

    again I am absolutely gutted 😥

    RIP John one of the worlds true true gentlemen

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I can’t believe i’m reading this, I really can’t. I only knew John through these boards, met once at sign uk and had a fair number of chats on the phone. John had often taken the time to offer me advice… I just don’t believe it. I feel i’ve lost a member of the family.

    i’m truly stunned.

    rip John, you’ll be sadly missed

  • Phil Halling

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    My thoughts go out to Johns family and friends, as many have said he was a true gentleman and I feel the world would be a much better place if there could be more like John.
    From one biker to another L&R RIP John Childs

  • Martin Pearson

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Just logged in for a quick check round and now I am kind of wishing I hadn’t, I couldn’t believe it when I read the heading and am still having trouble believing it.

    Like a lot of other people I only knew John through the forums and never actually met him, wishing I had made more effort to get to signuk this year now as I feel it is a great loss never having met John in Person.

  • Chris Sharps

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    As many have said I never met John in person but always read with
    interest his contributions to the boards.

    He will indeed be sadly missed.

    My condolences to John’s family and friends.

    Chris

  • Barbara Eden

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Rest peacefully John. Having lost my brother very recently, I feel for your friends and family.
    Barbara

  • Roy Roberts

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    One of the regulars, read many of his posts over the years, will be missed by everyone.

  • Adrian Yeo

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Like so many others, I never met John, but benefited many times from his knowledge and assistance on the boards.

    A presence that will be missed by all.

  • Jason Davies

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Just logged on. I am devastated by this news. I had the privilege of meeting John once after he donated a load of vinyl to a group of schools we were working with.
    I don’t think this board will ever be the same again.
    Please pass on my condolences Peter.
    I am shocked and saddened.

    Jason

  • Steve Pugsley

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Very sad news, thoughts with all close to him.

  • Alan Drury

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Just seen this, I am shocked. I always enjoyed his banter here and his common sense approach to all topics.
    He will be missed.
    Alan D

  • Rod Gray

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    RIP John.

    You helped me in ways you probably didn`t realise.

    A great loss to this forum and UK sign making but more importantly to his friends and family.

    How terribly sad.

  • Colin Bland

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Been working away and just logged on what a shock never met John but he helped me out a few times and I allways liked his straightforward views on the boards good commonsense, practical and will be missed

    Colin

  • Bob Hennefer

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    R.I.P John,
    Our deepest sympathy to Johns family from Bob and family.

  • Peter Mindham

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Hi everybody and thanks again for all your wonderful comments regarding John.
    The Funeral will be held on Wednesday 12th May at 3:00 P.M. at Wilbarston church. Many will be meeting at our business premises in Wilbarston and following the cortege by foot to the church. (About a five minute walk).

    This will be followed by a get together in the village hall almost opposite Johns residence. There will be a large contingent of motorcyclists from the local Honda Owners Club so if it is a lovely day, any bikers on the forum would be most welcome.

    If you log on to http://www.corbygraphix.com there is a map to guide you to us. For satnavvers the post code is LE16 8QD.

    I have no news on flowers etc but will keep you posted as I do.

    Peter

  • Brian Little

    Member
    May 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    just heard via tex from martin in really shocked to say the least .John was a true gent and always there to lend a helping hand he will be sadly missed

    Brian

  • Earl Smith

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 7:59 am

    We will all miss his wit and wisdom …

    RIP…. John

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 8:03 am
    quote Peter Mindham:

    Hi everybody and thanks again for all your wonderful comments regarding John.
    The Funeral will be held on Wednesday 12th May at 3:00 P.M. at Wilbarston church. Many will be meeting at our business premises in Wilbarston and following the cortege by foot to the church. (About a five minute walk).

    This will be followed by a get together in the village hall almost opposite Johns residence. There will be a large contingent of motorcyclists from the local Honda Owners Club so if it is a lovely day, any bikers on the forum would be most welcome.

    If you log on to http://www.corbygraphix.com there is a map to guide you to us. For satnavvers the post code is LE16 8QD.

    I have no news on flowers etc but will keep you posted as I do.

    Peter

    Hi Peter,

    I would very much like to send flowers or a donation to his fave charity or good cause, maybe we could all chip in to a UKSG pot and do somehting as a group?

    i’ll definitely be raising a glass to you. John, on the 12th, god bless dude.

  • Neil Speirs

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 8:05 am
    quote Hugh Potter:

    quote Peter Mindham:

    Hi everybody and thanks again for all your wonderful comments regarding John.
    The Funeral will be held on Wednesday 12th May at 3:00 P.M. at Wilbarston church. Many will be meeting at our business premises in Wilbarston and following the cortege by foot to the church. (About a five minute walk).

    This will be followed by a get together in the village hall almost opposite Johns residence. There will be a large contingent of motorcyclists from the local Honda Owners Club so if it is a lovely day, any bikers on the forum would be most welcome.

    If you log on to http://www.corbygraphix.com there is a map to guide you to us. For satnavvers the post code is LE16 8QD.

    I have no news on flowers etc but will keep you posted as I do.

    Peter

    Hi Peter,

    I would very much like to send flowers or a donation to his fave charity or good cause, maybe we could all chip in to a UKSG pot and do somehting as a group?

    i’ll definitely be raising a glass to you. John, on the 12th, god bless dude.

    Good idea Hugh

  • David Rowland

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 9:35 am
    quote Message from Carrie Brown, she:

    Really sad news, Im quite shocked, bless him he was a lovely man, thoughts go out to his family and friends!

    Just thinking about that tribute, we have around 80-90 responses here for a book or memorial alone, so maybe someone can give that some thought on that.

  • Lorraine Clinch

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Still can’t quite believe that this kind, vibrant man is no longer with us.

    So glad to have had the honour of his aquaintance, his wisdom and gentle
    manner will always stay with me. Just a pity there are not more people like John.

    Condolences to the family. R.I.P. John Childs. A good man.

    Lorraine

  • Gordon Galloway

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Very sad news.
    R.I.P. John, you will be missed.

  • Peter Mindham

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Hi all,
    Just an update. In lieu of flowers, the family have asked for donations to the Air Ambulance of your choice.

    For those attending next week, I will see you then.

    Peter

  • Neil Davey

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 12:40 pm
    quote Neil Speirs:

    quote Hugh Potter:

    quote Peter Mindham:

    Hi everybody and thanks again for all your wonderful comments regarding John.
    The Funeral will be held on Wednesday 12th May at 3:00 P.M. at Wilbarston church. Many will be meeting at our business premises in Wilbarston and following the cortege by foot to the church. (About a five minute walk).

    This will be followed by a get together in the village hall almost opposite Johns residence. There will be a large contingent of motorcyclists from the local Honda Owners Club so if it is a lovely day, any bikers on the forum would be most welcome.

    If you log on to http://www.corbygraphix.com there is a map to guide you to us. For satnavvers the post code is LE16 8QD.

    I have no news on flowers etc but will keep you posted as I do.

    Peter

    Hi Peter,

    I would very much like to send flowers or a donation to his fave charity or good cause, maybe we could all chip in to a UKSG pot and do somehting as a group?

    i’ll definitely be raising a glass to you. John, on the 12th, god bless dude.

    Good idea Hugh

    I’d be up for this.
    I think a collective donation from UKSB members however much each can afford to make to a charity or organization
    that John may have been interested in would be a nice idea.

  • Andrew Blackett

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Only just spotted this thread, such a shock too – condolences to the family from me and mine.

    Andy

  • Craig Brown

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    quote Peter Mindham:

    Just an update. In lieu of flowers, the family have asked for donations to the Air Ambulance of your choice.

    My thoughts are with all John’s family and a donation will be made to a worth cause (and one that many bikers are grateful for).

  • Scott.Evans

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Sad to here that we have lost a good man,

    Condolences to the family.

    R.I.P. John Childs.

  • Otto Peltonen

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Sad news indeed. My condolences to the family, rest in peace, Mr. Childs.

  • Ian Pople

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    So sorry to here the news.

    Ian

  • Darren St Ledger

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Very sad to hear of the loss of such a well respected man.

    I have been a hidden member of uksignboards.com for the past couple of years – simply using this terrific site as a source of reference for the industry I find myself involved with.This is my first ever post.

    Although Mr Childs and myself were complete strangers – I always read with great interest the helpful and informative responses he offered to the other UKSB members questions that had been posted.

    After reading all of the many tributes for Mr Childs – I believe UKSB member Martin Cole, who referred to him as ‘The Godfather of UKSB’ – has described him perfectly…

    May I offer my condolences to his family – and my sympathies to each of you who knew him personally.

    R.I.P. Mr Childs.

  • Peter Normington

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm
    quote Darren St Ledger:

    Very sad to hear of the loss of such a well respected man.

    I have been a hidden member of uksignboards.com for the past couple of years – simply using this terrific site as a source of reference for the industry I find myself involved with.This is my first ever post.

    Although Mr Childs and myself were complete strangers – I always read with great interest the helpful and informative responses he offered to the other UKSB members questions that had been posted.

    After reading all of the many tributes for Mr Childs – I believe UKSB member Martin Cole, who referred to him as ‘The Godfather of UKSB’ – has described him perfectly…

    May I offer my condolences to his family – and my sympathies to each of you who knew him personally.

    R.I.P. Mr Childs.

    thank you Darren,
    very kind words,
    For us that did know John personally,
    you echo our thoughts, from a non personal perspective,
    it only goes to validate what a good geezer he was

    Peter

  • Phill Fenton

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I’ve just been reading Johns introductory thread which was posted in 2002
    http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=1707&highlight=

    What an unassuming person.

    quote :

    As I say, I am happy to help but I think I am more likely to learn more from you guys with your wider experience.

    Nothing could be further from the truth – he advised me and other folks so much behind the scenes and had an amazing ability to see through all the bullshit but still remained kind with his replies. Someone to look up to and respect. He was a mentor to me and many others.

  • Nicholas Gormley

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Very sad news, I didn’t know John but may he rest in peace.

  • Roy Roffey

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 10:34 pm
    quote Peter Mindham:

    Hi all,
    Just an update. In lieu of flowers, the family have asked for donations to the Air Ambulance of your choice.

    For those attending next week, I will see you then.

    Peter

    might be some use to us all..
    http://www.countyairambulancetrust.co.u … n-Form.pdf

    roffs

  • Martin Cole

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Nice find Phill,

    quote John Childs:

    ”At least with vehicles we only have all the mucking about once and then we can do hundreds. With one of our clients I put about eight hours work in to get the contract, but that was twelve years ago and we have done a nice steady three vans a week ever since with no further input. That’s the type of business I want”.

    That’s why I liked him so much, I think he truly had this game sussed.
    I loved his attitude to business and to life in general.

  • Matty Goodwin

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 11:09 pm
    quote John Childs:

    I don’t know Harry.

    All I can tell you is that I’ve seen too many elections, and I know that it won’t make any difference whatsoever who wins.

    What I do know is that our current government has got us into so much debt that some pretty severe austerity measures will be required. The problem is that whoever has the misfortune to have to implement them will be so unpopular as a result that they will make themselves unelectable for a generation. I think we’re in the sh!t, and nobody will be brave enough to take the necessary measures to rectify that.

    Regardless, I will be glued to the TV next Thursday night.

    I hope he’s looking down and seeing whats going on. x

  • Andrew Boyle

    Member
    May 6, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I think Darren’s first post says so much… I’m sorry I couldn’t make it this year.
    I even feel bad that my avatar is smiling but I’m sure John wouldn’t mind.

    quote Darren St Ledger:

    Very sad to hear of the loss of such a well respected man.

    I have been a hidden member of uksignboards.com for the past couple of years – simply using this terrific site as a source of reference for the industry I find myself involved with.This is my first ever post.

    Although Mr Childs and myself were complete strangers – I always read with great interest the helpful and informative responses he offered to the other UKSB members questions that had been posted.

    After reading all of the many tributes for Mr Childs – I believe UKSB member Martin Cole, who referred to him as ‘The Godfather of UKSB’ – has described him perfectly…

    May I offer my condolences to his family – and my sympathies to each of you who knew him personally.

    R.I.P. Mr Childs.

  • Lee Attewell

    Member
    May 7, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Very sad news indeed.
    Condolences to his family and friends, colleagues and everyone here. We’ve all lost someone special.

  • Karl Williams

    Member
    May 7, 2010 at 10:12 am
    quote Phill:

    I’ve just been reading Johns introductory thread which was posted in 2002
    http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=1707&highlight=

    What an unassuming person.

    quote :

    As I say, I am happy to help but I think I am more likely to learn more from you guys with your wider experience.

    Nothing could be further from the truth – he advised me and other folks so much behind the scenes and had an amazing ability to see through all the bullshit but still remained kind with his replies. Someone to look up to and respect. He was a mentor to me and many others.

    Just read his first input into the site mate. As John explained he was not the most experienced when he joined as most of us. Hes taken advice from his good mates on here and ended up with a fantastic business. The man was a success. But he didnt only take advice, he gave it very well and was a great teacher to me. I learnt a great deal from him and if I could achieve his success I would be very proud. The pics on here and his introduction has put a lump in my throat. With the family community we have on here and the friendship we all share I feel like I’ve lost a family member. Gonna really mis you buddy.

  • John Cooper

    Member
    May 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I didn’t know John, but having read the many posts here, he was obviously a much loved person. The pain his family and loved ones are enduring just now must be awful and my heart goes out to them.

  • Duncan Wilkie

    Member
    May 7, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Shocking and so sad. My heart and prayers go out to John’s family.

  • Shane Drew

    Member
    May 8, 2010 at 6:55 am

    It must be heart wrenching for his mum. Not sure if his dad is still alive. I know they lived next door to him. But for your son to go before you, must be devastating.

  • John Callaghan

    Member
    May 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    RIP John. Just logged on to discover the sad news. Never met JC in person but I regard him as a friend and colleague, so generous of his time, experience, wit and good old fashioned common sense, a real gent. My condolences to his family and those closest to him. RIP.

  • James Martin

    Member
    May 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    What a shock!

    If there was one person I would have like to have been called a sign-maker by it was John Childs, he just seemed to inspire good conduct.

    And although I’ve never met him, regretfully; sometimes when working I’ve often imagined what his attitude would be to the way I was going about things.

    Will probably continue to do so!

    Condolences to everyone that new John personally

  • Faisal Ali

    Member
    May 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Very sad news.

    John was kind enough to say hello in my first post on the forum and have always noted his intelligent postings and deeply wise advice on the forums.

    My thoughts are with his family, his friends and the staff at Corby Graphix. I cannot imagine how they feel.

    I hope they can take comfort in the fact that his advice and words have helped many a signmaker build a better life for their families and hopefully will continue to do so long in the future.

    A massive loss. Rest In Peace.

  • Jason Xuereb

    Member
    May 10, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Sorry to hear John left us. He was someone I looked up to from a business point of view and someone I aspire to be like.

    Condolences to the family.

  • Peter Dee

    Member
    May 10, 2010 at 7:22 am

    May you rest in peace John. You have my respect.

  • Peter Mindham

    Member
    May 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Good afternoon all. Just an update for those who are planning to join us on Wednesday for Johns funeral. I have been asked by the family if those of you attending can make your way directly to the church. The church is All Saints Church Wilbarston. Map here: http://www.achurchnearyou.com/wilbarston-all-saints/

    Many thanks

    Peter

  • Ben Childs

    Member
    May 11, 2010 at 11:59 am

    To all who have posted on this thread,

    I would just like to say a big thank you for all the kind comments about my Dad. I read this through on Sunday night and, whilst I knew he was a great man, I had no idea of the extent of his impact on other people here, even people he had never met face to face.

    He has left a huge void in our family which can never be filled but he has also left his legacy, echoed by many comments on here, in the form of his wisdom and advice given freely to others. I am extremely proud to be his son and just hope I can live up to his memory.

    I would also like to say a huge thank you to Peter Mindham for his help this past week. Its been a hard time for him losing a friend and mentor yet, with the help of the staff, kept Corby Graphix operating under these tragic circumstances. All the family are extremely grateful.

    As Peter said in an earlier post Corby Graphix is remaining open for the short to mid term. No decision has been made as to the future of the company but I would urge everyone who has used CG in the past to continue to do so in the meantime. My dad worked extremely hard over the past 20 years or so to build CG to what it is today and I would hate to see it decline.

    Once again, thank you to everyone for their kind words and support.

    Sleep well Dad, gone but never forgotten.

    Ben

  • Shane Drew

    Member
    May 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Our thoughts are with you Ben.

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    Take care, and give our combined love to your mum.

    Shane
    Australia

  • Marcella Ross

    Member
    May 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    🙁 Very eloquent Ben, you obviously take that from your dad.

    Only this morning did I do a job for CG and made sure it was as near perfect as I could muster.

    I like many here, feel extremely proud and privileged to have known your dad.

    Mx

  • Lynn Normington

    Member
    May 11, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Ben it was a privilege to have known your dad, a gentle kind and wise man with a wicked sense of humour

    Lynn

  • John Harding

    Member
    May 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm
    quote :

    I like many here, feel extremely proud and privileged to have known your dad.

    here here Marcella, I was rather hoping to make the funeral but circumstances have conspired against me but I will be thinking of John and again wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family.

    Ben thank you for posting

    John

  • M Brown

    Member
    May 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    So sorry to hear this news.

    I never met John, but he came over as a good man, and was always there to help other people with problems.

    I will miss him on the boards.

    From Mark

  • David Rowland

    Member
    May 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm
    quote Ben Childs:

    To all who have posted on this thread,

    I would just like to say a big thank you for all the kind comments about my Dad. I read this through on Sunday night and, whilst I knew he was a great man, I had no idea of the extent of his impact on other people here, even people he had never met face to face.

    He has left a huge void in our family which can never be filled but he has also left his legacy, echoed by many comments on here, in the form of his wisdom and advice given freely to others. I am extremely proud to be his son and just hope I can live up to his memory.

    I would also like to say a huge thank you to Peter Mindham for his help this past week. Its been a hard time for him losing a friend and mentor yet, with the help of the staff, kept Corby Graphix operating under these tragic circumstances. All the family are extremely grateful.

    As Peter said in an earlier post Corby Graphix is remaining open for the short to mid term. No decision has been made as to the future of the company but I would urge everyone who has used CG in the past to continue to do so in the meantime. My dad worked extremely hard over the past 20 years or so to build CG to what it is today and I would hate to see it decline.

    Once again, thank you to everyone for their kind words and support.

    Sleep well Dad, gone but never forgotten.

    Ben

    Very true ben, he was a good man ur dad.

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    May 11, 2010 at 6:34 pm
    quote John Harding:

    quote :

    I like many here, feel extremely proud and privileged to have known your dad.

    here here Marcella, I was rather hoping to make the funeral but circumstances have conspired against me but I will be thinking of John and again wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family.

    Ben thank you for posting

    John

    goes for me too, I shall raise a glass or two to John myself tomorrow. it certainly seems strangely different around here without him, I genuinely miss the guy.

    al the best Ben,

    Hugh

  • Matty Goodwin

    Member
    May 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Said from the heart Ben, just like your dad would have done.

    You’ve took the time to read our comments and replied which is very gutsy as we are strangers to you, but again, just what John would have done.

    As you have lost your father, all here have lost a true mentor and friend and we feel your grief.

    You should be very proud of the fact that your dad was loved by many, even those he didn’t get the chance to meet personally. He will be missed so very much.

    Thanks again Ben and welcome as a friend.

    Matt

  • John Singh

    Member
    May 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I think we all share in extending our sympathy to you Ben and to the rest of the family

    You can certainly be proud to have had a father such as he

    He will certainly be missed by all here

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    May 12, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Rest in peace John, you will be greatly missed by us all mate…

    .

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