RLSS Poole lose a valued member.

Sep 7th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Articles, News
John Howes MBE

John Howes MBE

It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the passing of our former President John Howes MBE.

John was a strong supporter of the club from its very early years and became our club President in 1992. A post for which he held office, until last year, when he stood down due to ill health.


Our club has been extremely honoured and proud to have John as our President for such a long time. His dedication to supporting the activities of our youngsters in the club was second to none. He was extremely enthusiastic about the teaching and training of Life Saving techniques to young people, not only to help them in their adult years, but to make them much better people as a result.

John Howes MBE pictured with Brian and Irene Pemberton

John Howes MBE pictured with Brian and Irene Pemberton prsenting the “Presidents Awards”

In 1996, John dedicated an annual award known as the “President Award” with the inscription “The Giving of One’s Self in the Interest Of Others” was just typical of John in everything he did.

I for one was proud to have known him and he was someone I looked up to and held with high esteem.

John you will be greatly missed!

Mark Shakles


6 Comments to “RLSS Poole lose a valued member.”

  1. Janet Hewitt says:

    I have known John for a very long time when he was involved with the police cadets and the Training college

    He was a wonderful guy a true Gentleman. Sad news.

  2. Lloyd Robertshaw says:

    RIP John, you brought so much drive and enthusiasm to the club and helped in so many ways to take it forward.
    Im greatful for having been apart of the club for many years and having been trained by John.

  3. Lauren Dyson says:

    So sorry to hear such sad news.

  4. Bob Perham says:

    I remember with pleasure my association with John when I was chairman and then vice president of RLSS Poole Lifeguard. He was always supportive and he was a true friend of the club. To a very special person RIP.

  5. Ben Whittingham, says:

    Had the pleasure of being on the committee with John in my time as club captain. Very sad news, RIP

  6. Rory Smith says:

    A tragic loss for the club and community, RIP John.