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KNIGHT, John Edwin (1875-1959)

The large congregation at Mr J E Knight’s funeral was some indication of the love and esteem felt for him in both Badsey and Wickhamford.  As the Rev W B Chapman said in his moving address, no one ever found anything but good to speak of Jack Knight.  His work in the public life of our neighbourhood has been recorded in the obituary notices in the press.  But more important than his activities on councils and committees was his influence on the community through the example of a holy life.  One of the first people I met in Badsey was an elderly gentleman sweeping the snow from the Vicarage drive on the day we moved in last year.  Needless to say, it was JE.  That was typical of the man.  He combined a vigorous and practical mentality with great kindness and courtesy, and a forthright integrity.  A keen sportsman, he showed the true Christian character to be virile as well as gentle.  His goodness flowed from a steadfast devotion to our blessed Lord, nourished in sacramental life of the Church.

Published in the May 1959 Parish Magazine.