Doug Hancock Remembered
An Empty Seat
On Monday 28th November, I had a telephone call to say one of my best friends had passed away John Douglas Hancock known to us all as Doug.
I met Doug on joining the woodturning club some twenty odd years ago and so a friendship was formed with our mutual interest in woodturning, being the main reason. I have been fortunate to be able to pick Doug at 6.00pm on club nights and hands-on nights and bring him to the club.No sooner were the doors open that he would be putting out the chairs, a duty he performed until he was well turned 90. He always sat on the front row facing the demonstrator, in the same seat, hence the title and the seat will be empty at the December meeting as a token of our respect.
What a man, apprentice cabinet maker, plumber, drayman and finely a plumber again for the rest of his working days.
Doug was In at the conception of the woodturning club and served as a committee member for many years. His memory was fantastic and could recall all his service throughout the second world war, where he had been posted and the officers and men he served with. He also remembered all the demonstrators who came to the club, good and not so good.
I will miss you clearly Doug, being able to pick you up and going for a pint afterwards along with another of your good friends Steve James, and finally dropping you off at home. Recently you have not been well enough to go for a pint and Fred Johnson as taken you home, thanks Fred.
Rest in Peace dear friend and your name will be remembered for years to come by the members of Staffordshire and South Cheshire Woodturners and I have lost a great friend.
It was an honour and privilege to know Doug and are thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
Fred and Linda Johnson and family.
A true geatleman and a talented craftsman.
Ann and Mike Willis.