John Thorne

Born 1 March 1946, Bristol
Died 10 July 2018, Bristol

About John

This is a memorial page for the legend that was John Thorne.

He was born to Edna and James in Creswick Road Knowle West.

He was the 5th child of 10, he was also the surviving twin.

His first job at the age of 14 was at a scrap yard, and he used to “borrow” the cars and drive around.

He was first married at 19 to Rhona and had his two sons Christian and Jonathan.

He was a superb scaffolder for many many years, he worked on both Severn bridges and Clifton suspension bridge. He worked at Hinkley and Berkeley power stations. He even became the foreman before he sadly got made redundant.

He married Mary when he was 44 on the 18th of August and 2 years later had their daughter Becky.

John then became a lorry driver for Hills Delivery up until his retirement, which lasted about a week before he got bored and went back to driving.

He lived a very full and happy life surrounded by his friends and family. Family was so important to him.

As most people know about John the Dings Crusaders was his family also. He was a fantastic player and a valued member of the rugby community as well as his club. As long as he was still able he would be at every home match and the occasional away match. He was overjoyed he was able to see the Dings move to their new grounds at Frenchay and even more so to watch the last match against Lydney with all his family and loved ones before his health declined.

John Thorne had no regrets in life and was very vocal about that. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Latest condolences

GreetingRIP Thorny
You were a role model, inspiration and mentor when I was a young Scaffolder...See more
Brian Pope   21/07/2018


John was one in a million, gentle giant, fond memories, John always made you feel welcome at his home , a wonderful husband and father...See more
Amanda  21/07/2018


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At peace now Dad
Kelly Edna was Thorne   21/07/2018


Uncle John

Keep taking the thorny tablets.... You will always be with me...See more
Ricky Jones  18/07/2018


A true gent, will be missed by all local rugby folk...See more
Ivor Sobey  18/07/2018


GreetingR.I.P big bad John such a lovely man I hope you are resting peacefully up there x
Paige   17/07/2018


GreetingI have the fondest memories of John and will always remember him for calling me Danks! Me and his lovely daughter Becky used to have the best times with John, I will never forget our time roller skating in the back of his lorry, to say me and Becky ended up with a few bruises is an understatement!
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Danica  16/07/2018


John is someone I will never forget. Was a legend on and off the pitch! Great roll model (most of the time)...See more
Mark Bryant   16/07/2018


There is not enough words to say what you have taught me over the years you mentored me in the right direction you taught me loads of life skills and you introduced me to rugby ...See more
Sav Lagana   16/07/2018


Props corner will never be the same x🔵⚫️🔵x
Emma  16/07/2018



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Funeral information

Location of Funeral Service
Dings Crusaders RFC,Frenchay Park Road,BS16 1LG,Bristol

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Lin billing
16/07/2018 

trisha Oreilly
16/07/2018 

Charles Mullins
16/07/2018 

Becky Thorne
16/07/2018 

Christian Thorne
14/07/2018 

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