John Izod Memorial Service

He Loved Rye and Rye Loved Him

St Mary’s Church was packed for the John Izod Memorial Service at 11 am. today (Wednesday 6 May). ¬†John’s early years were recalled by his younger brother Andrew and recalled John’s life from childhood, wartime years, education, army life and adventures in Canada.

Bonfire Auction John Izod
Bonfire Auction John Izod

Councillor Ian Potter covered John’s time in Rye, the many ¬†friends he made here, the numerous town activities he was involve in, including being a Town Councillor, Director on the Rye Community Buses his art, his helping hand at the Old Grammar School Music Store and his great work for the Bonfire Boys and local charities.

Bonfire Boys attended the Service in Uniform
Bonfire Boys attended the Service in Uniform

Rye Bonfire Society members were there in force, wearing Bonfire ‘uniform’ to honour one of their most valued members. John was a past Chairman of the Bonfire Society, one of the lynch pins of their annual Auction of Promises and was ‘Rye Fawkes” in 2013.

Rye Town Council were there too
Rye Town Council were there too

John Izod was known by almost every person in Rye, a great character who loved Jazz, Art and Rugby – He also came to love Rye, and that fondness was reciprocated by all that knew him.

Sleep well old friend – You will never be forgotten.

“Rye’s Own” Bulletin Wednesday 6 May