We are sad to advise the sudden passing of John Trend Pearson on 26th October 2015 aged 86.
John completed his general education at Bancroft’s having spent the war years in Woolacombe in North Devon and then made a career in Metallurgy.
After finishing his higher studies at South West Essex Technical College and Sir John Cass College he did his National Service.
He worked at Austin’s, Stanstead Abbots, Essex and eventually became a Manager and Director at the family firm – Bink’s Brass and Iron founders in Rainham, Essex.
He later worked at companies in Hockley and Barking.
When John retired in 1997 he must have wondered how he ever found the time for work!
He had leisure to extend his interest in travel, antiques and the Buckhurst Hill Antiques Club, the history and ecology of Epping Forest, bird watching, gardening, point-to-pointing, cooking , the
restoration of Copped Hall, near Epping , Essex and especially supporting Arsenal Football Club. He was a lifelong supporter and a season ticket holder since the 1940s.
John’s prize-winning fuchsias were a sight to behold; he was a member of the Wanstead Fuchsia Club. Space for garden plants was expanded when the monkey puzzle tree in his front garden (planted on the day he was born) was finally removed and he was able to do more planting.
He grew marvellous tomatoes, lemons and sweet peas and enjoyed the challenge of growing unusual plants such as bougainvillea, datura and mimosa, amongst others.
At the end of a life well-lived we can say that John was a true example of someone whose motto was “If a job’s worth doing; it’s worth doing well,”
A life remembered by Bryan Cumings (OB 1941-1948)