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 Post subject: John Penton NOTE CHANGE OF FUNERAL DATE 6 FEB 12:00
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:45 pm 

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Hello All

I learned last night, the very sad news that John Penton had died and I was hoping to have more details to post today but as yet I have not received them. However, I have had a few comments about John from people who I emailed yesterday and thought I would make a start by posting them on this thread, then others can post their own if they wish.

I met John when I started flying Open Glider in the early 70’s (I think?) and we often talked and towed for each other and many other York and Sheffield competitor friends. John would always help anybody in any way he could, including working on both the World Championships we ran in York and producing various bits of kit from time to time. He was an excellent builder. His, typically, sheeted wings were a shining example of the scarf-jointers art, as were his tissue finishes.

He also flew slope and indoor but like many of us he moved to electric power (perfect for an electrician) when his towing days were over and started a second career in those classes. Two years ago he was forced to retire, when he could not stand and stare upwards long enough to fly soarers.

He will be much missed

RIP John



Very sorry to hear this, I remember he was getting a bit fragile when he stopped competing.
At my very first BARCS meeting in 1976 I towed John's model which was 12 foot span and had an all sheet balsa Jedelski (spelling?) wing.

Regards, Stephen


John helped me learn to fly back in the 80s and i have very fond memories of him . He will be sadly missed


So sad to hear of John's passing. I particularly remember him from my BARCS days in the nineties. He flew with the Northern crowd at venues like Pontefract, Hull and Harrogate etc. Another one gone who may not be replaced.
Regards, John.

Thank you for the sad news, I recall him as very sporting with fellow contestants and doing strong pulley tows well into later years.

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 Post subject: Re: John Penton FUNERAL DATE CHANGE HERE
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:40 pm 

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I recieved from Phil Carr, a long time friend of John's and it could not be a better description of of a life in aeromodelling and beyond. We are lucky to have it - thanks Phil.
I first met John when I was about 14 years old and he was a couple of years older. We flew with the old North Sheffield club that was predominantly control line. We used to fly club rat race, and when his pilot decided to stop racing I teamed up with John, and we flew FAI team race, Goodyear, and Class B for about six or seven years. In addition John held the national speed record for 5cc speed.

Whilst racing together he taught me to fly slope soarers at various sites in Derbyshire. After he married Jackie we both decided to move into different areas of modelling. I took up model car racing (and still race with my son) whilst John began flying gliders winning the Nationals in 1983 (I think). Whilst we lived only about quarter of a mile from each other, work and family commitments meant we didn't see one another very often. About 12 years ago I had a serious accident at work that damaged my hand and had to give up work. Having spent quite some time around the house over a two year period my wife "suggested" I find something to get me out of the house. I made contact with John (who was chairman of Sheffield Society of Aeromodellers) and he agreed to help me to get back into model flying. At that time Jackie, having had a very serious stroke, was in a nursing home quite near. John began helping me get back into flying, at the same time he was teaching an ex-workmate to fly. With Jackie permanently in the home John became a regular visitor to our house for lunch two or three days a week. When Jackie passed away John became an even more regular visitor to our house for lunch prior to going flying.
My wife and I introduced him to air shows and fast jets and bacon sandwiches, and we all visited the Vulcan in it's hanger on several occasions, as well as visits to Duxford air museum. Increasingly back problems were causing him mobility problems, and he appeared for lunch one day at out house to announce he had stopped competition gliding.

Our threesome flying together had now become a four and on many occasions John commented how much he enjoyed our foursome flying together. Typical of last of the Summer Wine, we flew models, drank tea, ate chocolate biscuits, flew some more and generally put the world to right. John began to have some depth perception problems and at the end of last year, although we were working on ways of having him back flying this year.
About 18 months ago John discovered fast electric boats, and indoor free flight, he raced at Bridlington and Kingsbury Water Park in Birmingham. His indoor flying took him to Rochdale and Manchester as well as flying at the SSA indoor meetings. With John now moving between three groups of people we only got to see him about once a week, although we expected that to increase when we started Summer flying again. I received a phone call from a member of the club indoor free flight section asking if we had seen John that week. He had been to lunch with us on the Tuesday but no one had seen or heard from him since then. We went to his house on the Sunday and were so concerned we called out the. police, who found him dead on the floor. Looking back at his computer and phone we think he passed away probably Wednesday night or Thursday morning. The coroners verdict was a heart attack and that it would probably have been very quick. John left all his glider models to the club along with a generous donation from his estate. I know he thought no one in our club would use the models and hoped they would be sold with the income going to the club.

My wife and I will miss John, we still expect him to pull up outside our house for lunch. I'll miss a friend who taught me to fly radio control models twice! I think we've also lost one of the most competitive and competent modellers I have ever known.

The service will be at Grenoside Crematorium, 5 Skew Hill Lane, Grenocide, Sheffield, S358RZ at 12-00 on Wednesday 6th February.
If anyone would like to attend they would be most welcome, black tie optional and were going to the Red Lion quite near after the service

Phil Carr

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 Post subject: Re: John Penton NOTE CHANGE OF FUNERAL DATE 6 FEB 12:00
PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:58 pm 

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Father and I have known John for 40 plus years starting with Barcs Open, then many years in F3B and more recently, in Northern Esoaring/F5J leagues.

A great aeromodeller, good friend and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

RIP John.

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