John Steele

Village resident for almost 80 years

John as a younger man.

John Hugle Steele passed away peacefully in Harrogate General Hospital  on Sunday 26 November 2017.  He is survived by Edna, his wife of over 65 years, and sons, Philip and Robert. John was 95.

A long time resident of Bishop Monkton, John was well  known to villagers of his generation as a local handyman and painter and  decorator.He played village cricket for many years and spent almost as much  time fishing at Westwick as he did at home!

On retirement he enthusiastically took up new hobbies, in particular bowls on the green convenientally situated  outside his house and became a prolific water colour painter.

As time took a toll on mind and body, both John and Edna moved to Borrage House Care Home in Ripon where John retained his ready smile and sense of humour until his final short illness.