Tributes to society member
PUBLISHED: 15:15 18 January 2011
A WESTON group has paid tribute to one of its members who died recently.
John Jones, known as Jack, was Weston Operatic Society’s business and publicity manager for a number of years.
Fellow member Colin Tyler said: “He was a devotee of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan and became something of an authority on the subject.
“He could often be found giving illustrated talks to interested groups where his sparkle and Northern sense of humour earned him many friends.
“Our sympathies are with his family at this sad time.”
Jack spent a large part of his working life in the North of England after a spell in the army.
He moved to Burnham in 1972 to cover the southern area for his company and joined Burnham Gilbert & Sullivan Society.
He joined Weston Operatic Society not long afterwards and together with his wife Joyce took over as business manager and secretary respectively when the posts became vacant.
Formally retiring in 1984, Jack and Joyce moved to South Road, Weston.
Regular patrons will mostly remember Jack in the principal roles he took in productions of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas in the 1980s and early 1990s, including a memorable and award winning performance as Pooh-Bah in the Mikado in 1992.
When he eventually decided that his time ‘treading the boards’ was over, Jack could be found front of house welcoming patrons to the theatre, a role he continued until precluded by a sudden illness.
As well as wife Joyce, Jack leaves two grown up daughters.