John Currant ARPS 1941 – 2017
Our Chairman, John Currant ARPS, sadly passed away on Monday 16 January
MORE than 100 people filed into Bedford Crematorium chapel on Friday 17 February to pay their last respects and hear tributes to John Currant, the late and much missed chairman of Shillington and District Camera Club.
During the funeral service Civil Celebrant Robby Evans told mourners: “John had a wonderful sense of humour. He made a major contribution to amateur photography and will be sorely missed but not forgotten.”
Poignantly, two special floral tributes in the shape of a camera and a cricket bat, representing two of his great loves in life, adorned the area near to his coffin.
Mourners led by his wife Jose’, two daughters and four grandchildren, included members of SDCC, the East Anglian Federation of camera clubs and many other organisations in which John was active or had an interest. They entered the chapel to the sound of Aled Jones singing ‘You Raise Me Up’ followed by the hymn ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ and then a tribute from Robby Evans.
The congregation heard that John, who died in January aged 75, had a life-long love of photography engendered by his father who was a photographic printer at the Luton News.
The young John had attended Broadmead School in Luton, was a head boy, and in his teens loved motor-cycling – until he fell asleep while riding to Cornwall, fell off and knocked his teeth out. Later he was to enjoy another risky sport, horse riding with his wife Jose’.
He joined Vauxhall Motors in 1957, becoming a draughtsman and using his dark room skills. Later he was to become a computer systems manager and spent time working in Detroit – not a happy time.
John joined SDCC in 1992 and during the years to 2017 held many senior committee posts from treasurer to competition secretary and chairman, posts he still held at the time of his death.
Together with his wife Jose’, John was credited with helping the club achieve a smooth transfer from Shillington to Barton Village Hall, now home of the club.
John was also president elect and due to become president of the EAF in 2018. A gifted photographer he was awarded an Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2016.
“John was a highly principled, hard-working member of SDCC, always ready to share his photographic skills,” said Robby.
Jose’ spoke of the “special person John was” and that they had a “deep love and respect for each other.”
SDCC member Valerie Elliott, a close friend of John and Jose’, read a wonderful poem entitled The Dash which spoke of the years of life between birth and death.
In her closing words Robby Evans said: “John will be remembered with deep affection and respect. Nothing can take away your memories of him. Allow yourself to laugh and enjoy those memories. He left the world a better place and the challenge now is to help fulfill his dreams. That will be his best memorial.”
The service ended with the sound of Louis Armstrong singing, fittingly, ‘As Time Goes By’.
In memory of John, donations may be made to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust NCCU Ward through: www.memorygiving.com