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Farewell to a true character of Haverhill

John Baldock ANL-151125-162351001
John Baldock ANL-151125-162351001

Friends and family of a true Haverhill character, John Baldock, gathered to pay their respects at his recent funeral.

The 86-year-old died on October 13 and on November 13 his funeral service took place at the West Suffolk Crematorium, followed by a service of thanksgiving at Haverhill Methodist Church.

Kathy Cohen, the church’s communications team leader, said: “Many people contributed their memories of a very kind and caring gentleman who always had the needs of others in mind. He will be greatly missed.

“A local character known to many, John would often be seen walking through town, taking a taxi to do his laundry or shop at Sainsbury’s, having lunch in the Drabbet or the Next Door Café and other places.”

John was in the RAF before working at PYE Electronics and the Co-op until retiring in 1993. He was married to Betty for more than 50 years.

Kathy added: “Some people knew John as ‘Polo Man’ because around 1970 he found himself in a TV Commercial. Many folk will have seen it but not known it was John.”

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