Many OWs will have been saddened by the death of John Fincher, a much loved and respected figure in the Stroud community, who died on Sunday 28th May at the age of 75. He was a day pupil at Wycliffe from 1949 to 1959 and remained a great supporter of the school, a long time committee member of the OW Society and, literally, left his mark on the school – on the back of the Headmaster’s Chapel pew – of which he was the pupil carpenter.
Leaving from the Science Vth in 1959, he undertook an apprenticeship at Oxford Technical College and gained an HND in automobile engineering, returning to Stroud to work with Wicliffe Motors, the family business. This was highly successful until the sale of the parent manufacturing company. In his spare time John was an enthusiastic motor cyclist and continental tourer, a driver of fast cars and a respected voice on the National Trust Committee for Rodborough and Minchinhampton Commons. He was also a director of the Stroud Building Society until its merger with the Coventry. He was widely known, a great raconteur and always an amusing and valued presence.
The Society sends its condolences to his widow Jo, son Paul (J H 1978 – 1987) and daughter Tracy.
There will be a Celebration Service for John on Thursday 15th June at 1pm at Minchinhampton Parish Church then afterwards at Egypt Mill.