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John Greatbanks

Also known as: Gud Big s John Wayne LtGen. J. W. Greatbanks.

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John was my father and my friend. I will miss him greatly. He was a good, gentle, generous man. A soldier, husband, father, worker, automobile club member and chairman, supporter of the Burtonwood assoiation of warrington and many more things in his active life.

He loved his family dearly. He put them first and his love of cars next. He worked all his life and raised five children through hard times. His belief of paying for the roof over your head and the food to support your family above all, served us well. Our mother Phyllis, was the love of his life who he lost 15 years ago. I hope they can be together again now. I love you dad, I miss you and will Always live my life with you both in my thoughts.

John was a keen supporter of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. He thought this was a truly exceptional charitable organisation. It was his belief that it should have been classed as the fourth emergency Service.

John often donated money to the service and promoted fund raising throughout his life. He spoke of it with passion.

Added by: Lisa Greatbanks on 5 June 2010.

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