Hospital volunteer will be greatly missed
Staff and volunteers at Airedale Hospital have paid tribute to a long-serving employee and volunteer, who has died at the age of 77.
Mr John Neale sadly passed away peacefully at home on Monday 11 December. John worked for Airedale Hospital for 23 years, first joining the Trust as a kitchen porter in 1982 and progressing to become the assistant head chef. Since his retirement 12 years ago he joined the Friends of Airedale charity as a volunteer. He was previously Vice Chair of the charity as well as serving as a hospital volunteer governor.
He will be remembered for leading the team of volunteers who organise the Saturday Social where live acts perform for patients. John also drove for the patient transport service as well as making numerous appearances at local fundraising events. He embraced his role as “JoJo the clown”, serving as the public face for the appeal which raised much needed funds to revamp the Children’s Unit.
Eileen Proud, president of Friends of Airedale, says “John will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him here at Airedale, especially all the members of Friends of Airedale.”
The funeral service and cremation will take place at Oakworth Crematorium on Wednesday 27 December at 11.30am. Family and friends please assemble at the crematorium chapel. Family flowers only please but donations would be appreciated and will go to the Friends of Airedale charity. A box will be provided at the service for this purpose or may be made online at www.david-gallagher.co.uk