Mary Fee, from LETSlink UK writes:
John Howell was always there, and came out in support at
all the LETSlink conferences. I'm sadly aware that he was one
of the stalwarts who have been at the heart of the LETS movement
throughout the eighties and nineties. His passing has saddened
me and made me only too aware of the work now needed to ensure
that the wisdom and experiences of these earlier pioneers, who
gave of themselves in the considerable work of organising LETS
and encouraging fellow-members, is not forgotten.
Diana kindly sent me the above message, and I had
almost overlooked it when a reminder came - the funeral was the
following day! Not knowing how I could get there I called Terri
because I thought he was somewhere nearby, and by a series of
close shaves the next morning I managed to catch an early train,
and Terri picked me up on the way back from taking his son to
Heathrow. So together we were privileged to spend a special day
at John's funeral service.
It was a non-religious home-spun ceremony with
a basket-coffin in the beautiful setting of South Downs Natural
Burial Site at East Meon in Hampshire. Appreciations and songs
were contributed by three generations of John's family and a wide
circle of John's friends including some fromthe LETs scheme. Thankyou
Diana for inviting me and sending such clear directions, also
John's family for welcoming me so warmly, and Terri for gettiing
us there on time and bringing me back all the way to Kingston
so that I didn't get home too late.
Further photos follow.
Mary Fee, Secretary LETSlink UK.