David Michael Johns
David died on December 16th 2017 aged 76. He attended the school from 1954 to 58 and had been living in South Africa.
John was born in Haringey on 23rd May 1944 and grew up in North London with his parents Joan & Stan. He went to school at the Old Stationers and then went on to study Chemistry at Nottingham University. He just about passed his degree, mainly in his own words due to mostly playing the guitar and chasing women. However, this lead to a successful career in music starting out as a session player and arranger for the likes of of Alvin Stardust, David Essex, Lulu, Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, Barry Blue and many more. He worked closely on many major albums including Olivia Newton John, Dana, Kimera, Lena Zavaroni, and the legendary Frank Pourcel. John also did all the arrangements for Alain Boubil who went on to write Les Miserables, so indeed he worked with some of the best in the industry in the 70’s and rose to the top of his game.
John then went on to work for Sonoton, composing library music for Gerhard and Heidi Narholz and he ran the UK arm of the business for many years from his home Fruit Farm in Foxton, Cambridgeshire. He continued as a composer under various aliases including Barry Ryder, Jean-Pierre Fabien, Peter Guntherson, & Jean-Claude Madonne, writing over 2000 library titles which are still used widely Internationally today. John spent his later years living in Norfolk and continued to write music often recording at the Angel Studios in London with the likes of David Arch, Martin Taylor and Mitch Dalton.
John had been married to his wife Glynne who sadly passed in 2014 for over 35 years and has three grown up children Pru, Joe and Georgia. HIs legacy continues though his children and music.
John’s Funeral will take place on Thursday 27 July at 12-30 pm at Harwood Park Crematorium, Watton Road Knebworth SG2 8XT.
Directions; A1M to Junction 6 Welwyn – B197 London Road to Knebworth – through village to small roundabout with railway station on the left – TURN RIGHT into Watton Road signposted BRAGBURY END. Drive for one mile, crematorium is on the right.
Afterwards reception at the TILBURY in Datchworth,Watton Road SG3 6TB.
No flowers. Donations in rememberance to Isabel Hospice, 61 Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1JR Reference: Langton IMOJL
Shortly after publication of the last magazine we were informed by Andy Forrow that John Macara (1928-1938) had died peacefully on 5th February 2017. He was our second oldest Old Stationer at 97 years old.
He will be much missed by many of us but he would have said in his inimitable style, “my time has come”.
His funeral took place at Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham, on 6th March 2017.
We received a letter from the widow of George Albert Wells (1926 – 2017) informing us that her husband had died in January aged 90. He was Emeritus Professor of German at Birkbeck, University of London.
She enclosed an obituary written by Martin Jones which will be published in the next magazine.
We have been informed this morning that John Monnington (1936 – 41) died last August.
We have been informed by his wife, Liz, that Bob died last September. This is the first time that we have heard this news as there was no mention in the last magazine.
His school years were 51 – 56 and he was living in Switzerland.