John Errington – an unorthodox life

John Errington
John Errington

Obituary by Sue Wallis

On 21st December 2018 one of Burngreave’s well known residents sadly passed away in St Luke’s hospice, after a two year battle with cancer.

John was a much-loved father to Lily, Crewe, Daisy and Farne. John lived in Burngreave for over 30 years. He taught science at Aston Comprehensive School for most of this time, and, while greatly respected by colleagues and pupils, was renowned for his somewhat unconventional style of teaching.

His passion and drive to educate and fundraise for pupils and teachers in Makunduchi school in Zanzibar was recognised with his award of an M.B.E. in 2004. John was proud to live in Burngreave.

John Errington (on left)
John Errington (on left)

He had been a regular patron at the old Irish club back in the 80s, and in the East House pub where he played in the ‘Dead Easy Band’. Latterly John became the Burngreave cemetery warden, a post he helped create in an attempt to curb the crime from joy riders in the 90s.

But most people who knew John will remember him for his openness, and his hospitality to all. Everyone was welcome in his home.

He will be sadly missed.