The funeral is taking place this week of John Pownall – the man who has owned Ruddington Grange Golf Club for almost a quarter of a century. He died peacefully in hospital on the 2nd of May. He was 84.
Our 6,515 yard Par 72 village golf course had only existed for eight years when John bought it from original owner Jack Johnson in 1996. He set about further developing it into what is now acknowledged as being one of the most challenging and best kept courses in Nottinghamshire. The Kirk Lane resident was keen that Ruddington Grange should be a regular venue for county matches and competitions – which it has become today. (You can read more about the venue’s history >>HERE<<.)
Club Managing Director Adam Carlton remembers: “John was an avid golfer all his life – being Captain of Mapperley Golf Club in 1966. He was a huge train fan and helped out at the Heritage Centre whenever he could. He was also a Bridge enthusiast who played at several clubs and then carried on playing online, even when he was really poorly.”
Deborah Stevenson pays this tribute: “John was a lovely kind man. I was his carer and looked after him for over 6 months at his home before he went into the care home. I have known John for over 20 years, as my best friend is his daughter, Angela. He really was a lovely man. R.I.P. John.”
Allison Froggatt says: “R.I.P. John. I grew up with his granddaughter and have some very fond memories of Mr Pownall.”
He leaves behind his wife Grace and children Angela and Steven – plus four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His family says he will be sadly missed by them all.
John Pownall’s funeral service is at St Peter’s Church this Friday 17th May at 11.30am followed by a private committal. The request is for family flowers only – but donations in his memory for The Salvation Army would be welcomed. These may be sent care of A.W.Lymn at 45, Easthorpe Street.