Family and football reeling from sudden death of Bishop's Stortford FC servant John Turner
Tributes are being paid by the world of English non-League football following the sudden death of John Turner, vice-chairman of Bishop's Stortford Football Club and the amiable face of the club.
Married father-of-two John, known to many as JT, died on Thursday morning (Sept 27) while he was in his holiday apartment in Majorca with his wife Anne. He turned 62 in August.
John was a true Stortfordian as well as a true Blue. He was born in the old Rye Street hospital and went to Northgate Primary School and then The Bishop’s Stortford High School.
He lived in the Beldams Lane area with Anne, who is 61. Their two children, Caroline, 38, and Richard, 32, flew out to Majorca from Stansted on Thursday evening to be with their mother. JT has three grandchildren: Harriet, 9, Hugo, 6, and Jake, 4.
John had been associated with Bostik League Premier Division side Blues for the best part of 20 years and held various roles. He was appointed its commercial and operations director in April 2007.
He was also a director of the Hertfordshire Football Association and a former director of the national Football Conference.
Outside of football, John had retired in April 2007 as head of Voice over Internet Protocol telephony at BT, where he had worked for 32 years. He was also a big horse racing fan.
A statement from Bishop’s Stortford FC said: “Known to everyone as JT, John’s love for our football club was evident through the massive amount of work he did for BSFC over the last two decades. Rest in peace, John, you will be truly missed.”
Tributes have been paid by friends and football associates on social media.
Mark Warwick, a director of ProKit UK, after which Blues’ football stadium in Woodside is named, said: “Absolutely gutted to lose both a great friend and a fellow director at Bishop’s Stortford FC. The football world has lost one of its finest.”
Matt Waldron, an academy head at Leyton Orient FC, said: “Total respect for him and everything he’s done for Bishop’s Stortford FC. Condolences to his wife and family. Proper football man has left us.”
Tim Hancock, a Bishop’s Stortford Community Football Club youth team manager, said: “Incredibly sad. I worked with John on many occasions promoting the community club with his help. His support was immeasurable.”
Former Blues player Jason Mason said: “Made me feel welcome when I joined at 18. Would always make you smile when he spoke to you.”
And Colin Reed added: “I have known JT for 30-odd years. We used to travel to London on the train together back then. My condolences go to Anne and family. JT will be sadly missed by the club, he was a big part of the fabric of the club.”