Wednesday, 17 August 2022

John Twort, sport-loving banker who never really retired

JOHN TWORT died suddenly on June 12, aged 77.

JOHN TWORT died suddenly on June 12, aged 77.

He was born in Maidenhead in 1938. His mother was a nurse and both his father and uncle worked for Barclays bank.

He had a happy childhood and from the age of eight would spend family holidays at Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary, the birthplace of his mother. During the holidays John would deliver milk by horse and cart in the morning and go fishing for trout and play tennis in the afternoon.

He was educated at Presentation College in Reading and considered either a career in farming or taking holy orders but instead continued in the family tradition by working for Barclays, firstly at Twyford and then at a number of branches in this area.

He rose to the position of assistant manager before being appointed inspector for the bank’s London Southern team.

John then moved to Barclays Merchant Bank, where his managing director was Lord Camoys.

He then became a manager of the Molesey branch and, finally, manager of the corporate team at Walton-on-Thames.

John met his wife Anne while she was working as a nurse at Middlesex Hospital. They married in 1967 in Hunstanton. The couple lived in a number of places in the area before finally moving to Henley 16 years ago.

John was not a man to put his feet up in retirement. He took over as account manager for the Across Trust, which organised trips for disabled people to Lourdes, became the financial controller of the Nature Conservation Bureau and was the finance manager of the Henley Festival.

He loved countryside activities and attended many of the Copas shoots where he would be seen with his faithful dog by his side.

John liked his food. He visited restaurants but he especially enjoyed entertaining friends at home.

Sport was another love. He was a golfer and a member of the RAC Club in Epsom and Badgemore Park Golf Club, where he proved to be an enthusiastic rather than expert player!

He was also a cricket lover and, as a member of the MCC, enjoyed trips to Lord’s and the Rose Bowl. John was a keen supporter of Henley Rugby Club and also served as a steward at Royal Ascot for a number of years.

He enjoyed his membership of the Henley and District Agricultural Association and was particularly pleased to serve at the chapel at Stonor Park where he renewed his acquaintance with Lord and Lady Camoys.

In his younger years John enjoyed rallying, especially with vintage cars and took great pride in his VW Beetle and MGB sports car.

He was a member of the bank’s Motor Club and took part in the Mobil Economy Run in which drivers completed a trip using as little fuel as possible. In 1968 he won his class after a three-day event.

John also helped a friend in Nettlebed who supplied donkeys for donkey derbies.

He was a long-time member of Leander Club and had served as chairman of Henley Round Table.

John and Anne lived for many years in Ravenscroft Road, Henley, but had recently moved to King’s Close.

John lived life to the full, enjoyed a glass or two of wine and was rarely seen without a smile. He was forever helpful and a loyal and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by so many.

John leaves Anne, a son and daughter, two grandsons, two granddaughters and a multitude of friends.

His funeral took place at the chapel at Stonor on Friday and was followed by a reception at Badgemore Park.

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