The Probus Club of St Annes-on-the-Sea
Jack was born in 1933 in the village of Lees on the east side of Oldham. His father was a railway platelayer. Jack did his National Service in the Army from 1951 to 1953 during which time he was mostly serving in Germany. In 1957 he married Joyce, whom he had met while ballroom dancing in Oldham. They moved to this area in 1959. Jack was a sheet metal worker who was employed by Duple, the Blackpool coachbuilders. When they went out of business he later became an insurance collector.
Jack and Joyce had four sons, one of whom now lives in Brazil, and they had eight grandchildren.
A year ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and, after a four-month course of radiotherapy at Preston, he was told he was clear. However, he later developed pains which his doctor said was caused by gallstones but it continued until a second doctor diagnosed his problem as cancer of the gall bladder and he was immediately taken to hospital. His wife said that although he was ill, he was determined to renew his Probus subscription and did so. He had been a member since 2006 and lived in St. Patricks Road South in St. Annes.