|John (Taffy) collapsed and died suddenly on 6th October 2000 at the age of 59 He retired from sea in 1999 because of ill health. He had angina. Jenny his wife, said that he had talked about retiring for some time but when it became a reality he missed the sea more than he thought. She also said that John talked a lot about his Conway days and she feels sure that he would have loved to have had a get together with all of his Conway mates.
John and Jenny have a daughter, Kathryn, who graduated in 2002 from the University of East Anglia and a son, Stephen, who left school with A levels and hoped to join the Police force. Apparently Stephen is the spitting image of John.