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John passed away peacefully on Friday, 27th May 2022 in hospital aged 89.

Obituary of John WIllcock.

The funeral of John Willcock was held at Holy Trinity Church, Mossley, on Thursday 23rd June 2022.

John Willcock was born in Gilbert Street Kidsgrove, on 26th September 1932 to Jack & Liz Willcock.  The family moved to Harriseahead, where his grandad ran the Royal Oak pub and then to New Chapel. Finally in 1940, aged 8 he moved into the Royal Oak pub in Biddulph where he spent most of his youth including through the war years. John went to Biddulph School on Gin Street where he was always keen on sport, particularly football and cricket.

At the age of 18 he met Marjorie, 'Mudge', his wife to be. He was then called up for National Service and spent the next two years mostly in Austria. He made the rank of Corporal and also played cricket for the army.

Upon his return he became a plumber working for Costains and played for several football teams including his dad's pub, the Royal Oak.

John married Mudge at the age of 22 and in1955 they welcomed their first son Stephen.  

Mudge opened a fruit & veg shop on the High Street in Biddulph around 1959/60. John had always loved the horses and became a Book Maker with Norman Wakefield who were based on Park Street.

The family moved to Congleton in the Winter of 1962, and shortly after John and Mudge had a second son, John and then finally Roger to complete the family in 1966.  They set up home on Park Lane where the family was brought up.

John set up his own Bookmakers and opened a shop on West Street, which he kept until his retirement in 1991.

Finally after a short spell in Buglawton and again on Park Lane, they moved to Hulton Close on Henshall Hall where he lived out his days with Mudge.

John was very sociable and loved going to the pub every night and particularly Sunday lunchtime with his mates. John outlived them all and was the last of the gang.

In his retirement John particularly liked playing bowls, playing for the Cricket Club and the Railway Pub. Here he met and made new friends and this got him out of the house.

Sadly, Mudge died in March 2020 just as the Covid pandemic struck, so she never had the funeral service that she had really imagined. Mudge was a classic housewife and mother, her family was everything to her. She devoted herself to her three kids and had a big network of friends. She was the hub of the family. She loved Congleton and was happiest at home surrounded by family. She was laid to rest in Congleton Town Cemetery.

John passed away peacefully on Friday, 27th May 2022 in hospital aged 89.

His funeral was held at Holy Trinity Church, Mossley, at 1pm on Thursday 23rd June 2022.

The funeral service was presided by the Reverend Ian Enticott.

John was taken into church accompanied by “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” by Rod Stewart. 

Reverend Enticott welcomed everyone and offered opening prayers, before leading the congregation in the hymn, “All things bright and beautiful” He then read John’s Eulogy and following the Eulogy gave a reading from the bible. John, 14:1-6.  The congregation then took a moment of reflection, before singing the hymn “The Lord’s my Shepheard”.  Reverend Enticott then offered prayers and lords prayer before again leading the congregation in the hymn “Jerusalem” and finally the commendation.

John was then taken from the church to his final resting place.  As he left the church, “My Way” by Frank Sinatra was played.  

Following the service at Holy Trinity, John was interred in Congleton Town Cemetery with his beloved late wife Marjorie 'Mudge'.  John’s Coffin was lowered into the grave by his Grandsons Mr Jack Willcock, Mr Ben Willcock, Mr Leo Willcock and Mr Sammy Willcock. 

Following the service, the mourners were invited to continue the celebration of John’s life at The Queen’s Head, on Park Lane in Congleton.

At the family’s request, donations were made in lieu of flowers, to The Stroke Association and The Injured Jockeys Fund.

Attending mourners from the family were Mr J and Mrs R Willcock (Son and Daughter in Law). Mr R and Mrs C Willcock (Son and Daughter in Law). Mr S and Mrs C Willcock (Son and Daughter in Law), Mrs Judy Cotterill (sister), Mrs Betty Smith (aunty), Mrs Jill Smith (cousin) plus others.

Some of his friends attending were Mr J Willshaw. Mr D Riley. Miss M Bradley (representing A & D Bradley). Mr I Frame. Mr D Bolton. Mr H Finney. Mrs H Finney. Mr P Charlesworth (representing Mr & Mrs K Boon). Mr A. J Charlesworth. Mr S Bentley. Mr E Stringer. Mr R Worrell (representing D Worrell). Mr M Wood (representing R & V Wood). J Wood (representing S Wood). C Garrett (representing R Garrett). Mrs I Jennings (representing Mrs L Goodwin). Mrs B Smith. Mrs J Erdmann. J Hayes. Mr N Brown (representing Mr C Brown). Mr and Mrs M Brassington. Mr M Hopkin.

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