STOP PRESS: The Brighton Phil was desperately sad to learn that Judy Harrison, who wrote this moving tribute to her late husband John, passed away last weekend. Our thoughts are with their family and friends.
“John Harrison died on 17th March 2018 after a short but brave battle with cancer, aged 76. A Friend of the Phil since he and his wife Judy retired to Brighton in 2000, they never missed a concert when they were not in their second home in France. John and Judy have been very proud sponsors of bass trombonist Ian Fasham for several years.
John had been a Medical Officer in the Royal Navy for 31 years, as a submariner, and a specialist in nuclear safety and occupational health. He had a happy and varied career which included top secret assignments. He later became Medical Director of the erstwhile National Radiological Protection Board. In retirement, John was a medical advisor and occupational health consultant to Sussex Police.
His musical interest began when his mother bought a Dansette record player. He joined the local record library, and that set off his love for classical music of all kinds. As a child he learned the violin, and played in his school orchestra, particularly enjoying their annual Gilbert and Sullivan performance (now there’s a thought to bring in the crowds… a concert of G&S overtures!). He also loved singing, especially church choral music, and belonged to choirs in Brighton and in Toulon, France.
A friendly, outgoing and generous man, he is very greatly missed by Judy, five children, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well as his many friends in Brighton, Toulon and elsewhere.”