It is with great sadness that we report the passing of John Grenham. 


Farnborough Rotary Club is mourning the loss of John Grenham on 18 April 2018.  Aged 73 John had joined the club in 1980, had served as its President twice, in 1990-1991 and 2000-2001 and in recent years has been Assistant Governor for the local area looking after the wellbeing and development of many local clubs.

John was a huge presence in the club, keen to ensure we do well and serve Rotary’s ideals of service above self.  Straightforward and plain speaking he encouraged, demanded even, our active participation to make things happen.  He was by and large successful, fundamentally because he would lead from the front and pitch in himself for many long hours of often unseen work.

He worked with Roy Sharpe for many years before taking over in 2002/2003 the club’s charity collections, organising the routes, seeking the permissions for street collections and ensuring the float and its equipment would both bring credit to the club and function effectively over almost four weeks in December.

John was the second generation of a local business family who established Sheldon’s Bakery in the 1920s.  This gave him an intimate knowledge of the area and importantly for us a wealth of contacts ranging from licences for street operations, transport, hardware and manpower.  Thus when international disasters happened he made sure we were ready to get out on the streets swiftly and effectively when it was fresh in the public’s mind.

Above all he had enthusiasm for Rotary and its capability for doing good in the world.  He kept himself well informed and educated of the wider Rotary beyond our club, made sure we did not become insular and was not above pointing out how things could be done better.  He made sure, too, that our links and joint events with Farnborough Inner Wheel were alive and active.

John also served as a governor of Wavell School for more than 30 years, was heavily involved with North Camp Matters, the bakers’ trade association and many others.  All this just added to his know how which we will sorely miss.

Most importantly John was a family man, loving, supportive and proud of their activities.  To his widow, Pauline, and his family we extend our deepest sympathy and grieve with them in their loss.

23 April 2018

Written by Rotarian Jim Thomson

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