John Hills Negus (d. 1979, aged 85)

Jack Negus (Click on the picture for larger version)

Peal rung in memory of Jack.


From the Ringing World:


By the passing of John (Jack) Negus on July 5th in his 85th year, the Saffron Walden Society lost its oldest member. Jack started ringing at the age of, 16 on the six bells of his native village of Elmdon, four miles from Saffron Walden. At the outbreak of war in 1914 he joined the Middlesex Regiment and served in France till the Armistice in 1918.

On returning to civilian life he took up ringing again and soon became conductor of the tower. He built up a good band of young ringers who were soon ringing Plain Bob, Kent T.B. Minor and other 6- bell methods. They rang many 720s for Sunday service, often ringing three in a day.

After the Second World War he moved into Saffron Walden and joined the local Society. He soon made progress to Double Norwich C.B. Major and Cambridge S. Major, Stedman and Grandsire Caters. A bachelor, he often spent his weekends in London and sometimes rang at St. Clement Danes' on Sundays.

He was a most genial companion and the writer never knew him to be annoyed or speak a cross word. He attended ringing up to his recent illness.

His funeral took place at Elmdon on July 11th, and many ringing friends from Saffron Walden and the surrounding district attended and rang the bells half - muffled after the service. He often said his favourite methods were Double Norwich and Stedman Triples.

We shall miss Jack and his usual smile in the tower, and especially on our outings, which he appreciated so much.

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