The Late Mr John L Findon
We are very sad to announce the death of John Findon a past member of the Society who passed away on 21th March at the age of 89.
John was well known in his local community as a farmer and as the owner of the local garage which he ran for many years. He served on the parish council and went on to become a long serving county councillor and chairman of the Police Committee. He was a colourful character who always spoke his mind and will be remembered in the Society as a great supporter and promotor of the Wiltshire Horn and particularly for his extremely firm handshake.
John bought his first Wiltshire Horn sheep from Veronica Brigg’s Gorse flock and joined the Society in 1994. He soon became an enthusiastic exhibitor of his sheep, showing in most Wiltshire Horn classes throughout the season. He won numerous championships, most notably with his homebred ram Cadhold Ace, and won the Iolo Owen Points Trophy five times.
John’s Cadbold flock was one of the largest flocks of Wiltshire Horns at the time and many new members bought their sheep from him to start their own flocks. He actively promoted the breed both at the shows he attended and by regularly manning the stands at NSA sheep events.
John will be remembered each year with the presentation of the Cadbold cup which was donated to the Society on John’s behalf by his family. It is presently awarded to the Best Opposite Sex to the champion at Moreton-in-Marsh show.
John was laid to rest in Pillerton Churchyard on 28th April, buried with his crook.
We send our condolences to John’s son John and daughter Lesley and their family.