John lived a very full life and touched many people during his 47 years. He had many interests particularly sport. As well as attending many sporting events, he played cricket — he was a County Championship Finalist and in 2007 his team were Incrediball County Champions. But John was interested in more than just playing and worked with the Cheshire Disability team to make the game accessible to all.
As a Teaching Assistant in a special school, John’s care and compassion for those with disabilities was obvious to all he worked with. He put so much time and effort into helping these young people that his own health sometimes suffered as a result. John was also in regular contact with many other Noonan families. Even his own family was unaware of how many John had supported until tributes arrived after his death from people in this country and the USA. Latterly, John’s health deteriorated, but as his Mum says “he didn’t complain. His main concern was, as usual, to be as little a burden as possible to others, particularly to his family. John lost his final battle just before Christmas 2014, but he will live on in the hearts of those who lives he touched in so many ways.”
We received some sad news at the NSA when Anita King told us that her son, Simon, passed away in late November at the age of 28. Both Anita and her family were active in the early days of this charity’s predecessor and no doubt several members will remember them fondly. Our thoughts go out to Simon’s family.