We are sorry to report the death of LM John Hall, who was Admitted in 1985 and Clothed in Livery in 1989.
John, who would have been 86 in February, joined the civil service after national service. Many of our older members may well remember John working for the Ministry of Defence back in the late 1970s and early 1980s when they were contracting out the cleaning of military establishments. John was often the officer dealing with the tendering process. It was, maybe, a case of gamekeeper becoming poacher when, in 1984, he became the Director General of the then Contract Cleaning and Maintenance Association (CCMA), later known as the CSSA. I personally have fond memories of John, especially during my Chairmanship of the CCMA from 1987 to 1989.
When a number of the larger contractors established the Building Services Association (BSA) in the early 1990s, John left the CCMA to become DG of that organisation, eventually retiring in the late 90s.
John’s passion throughout life was cricket, and he was one of the founder members of The Old Stacian’s cricket club in the late 1940s. Following retirement he became a keen baker and enjoyed many happy holidays in the family timeshare in Madeira. He had major heart surgery some 10 years ago, spending several months in hospital.
John and his wife June celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in 2015. He leaves June, and two married daughters Jeannette and Julia, and, two grandchildren Lilli (18) and Oliver (15).
The funeral will take place on Wednesday, 1 February, initially with a memorial service at 11.00 am at St Michael and All Angels, Church Hill, Kingsnorth, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3EP, with the committal afterwards at Charing Crematorium, Newcourt Wood, Charing, Ashford, TN27 0EB, at 12.40 pm.
The wake will be at the Farriers Arms,The Forstal, Mersham, Ashford, TN25 6NU, following the crematorium.
Those wishing to attend, especially the wake, to please advise the Clerk ASAP in order to ensure numbers for food at the wake.
The Company will be making a donation in memory of John.
Those wishing to pass on their condolences to June and her family should contact the Clerk.
Michael Bizley, Almoner
Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners