Book of Memories of


John George Hunter

John George Hunter

31/12/68 – 31/3/23

Not wanting to miss the party, John arrived in this World around 10:00pm New Year’s Eve 1968.

He made a big entrance, weighing in at 10lb 8oz! John lived his life exactly how he started – doing things his way and ‘making an entrance’ wherever he went!

He had a huge heart, a big personality and a monster appetite for the things that made him happiest. Music, playing his guitars, nice cars, Formula 1 racing, cooking, and eating great food, holidays in France, nature programs, wildlife and animals, especially big ones! Spending time with his ‘grand-children’ gave John the excuse to be the big kid that he was, and they loved his antics!

John’s many close friends were a big part of his life and he felt honored to have known them; some of whom go back to his days at Orley Farm School and Gordonstoun, where he spent several years enjoying the rigors of life in remote Scotland.

He made friends wherever he went and knew someone from just about every realm of life. To know John was to love him! He was bold and brave and fearless and yet in oh so many ways, he was a push over!

After many years in and around London, working in the family business and venturing out into several small businesses of his own, John settled in Bournemouth where he, his parents and his sister Carol have a long-standing relationship with the area. A stint in the Bournemouth ‘Specials’ Police force saw him work hard at getting super fit, and on many a morning, he could be seen running up and down the ‘zig-zag’ ravines to make the cut!

John shared his life with his wife and Soul Mate, Susan, whom he loved passionately. Together they had dreams of moving to the country, raising chickens, and getting multiple dogs. He was close to realizing that dream and would have done it in the way that he did everything. With a lot of bravado and a big entrance!

He has made his final entrance now in the biggest arena there is. He departed here with grace and bravery, and resignation, that sadly the party had come to an end.

Rest in Peace and go get ‘em John!


Book Owner: Susan Hunter
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Heather Thomas-Smith

RIP to a wonderful man who lived his life to the full. We shared many a laugh at school together and his love for music introduced me to a range of bands I had never expected to pay much attention to. I still have old cassette tapes somewhere from school which include the likes …

Dave&Joanne Morley

Can’t believe John Hunter has left us all behind so soon. A true force of nature and a great friend to have known. From Rolex watches, TVR’s, Harley Davison’s, Guitars and Rock Music. Not forgetting of course watching many a Grand Prix and drinking too much Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque on the Hill. RIP my …

Claire Rey

John Hunter, bon viveur par excellence! He wil be missed by all who knew and loved him – a hard act to follow. RIP Sincere condolences to his beloved wife Susan   …


John had an immense zest for life, encouraging everyone who crossed his path to join in, in his love of life and living it to the max! From the moment I first spoke to John, he treated me as a friend. His smile and laugh was infectious and we will miss him deeply. Rest …

James Baron Green

Dearest John, I am very deeply saddened to hear about your passing. We grew up in the late 1970’s at Orley Farm School at boarding school. We always shared a joke, a love of life, music and people. We met many times on the Judo mat representing the top flight of our School’s Judo …

Clare Day

What can I say my dear John, we only met you once but you made us so so welcome and opened up your home to us. Thank you for letting us join you for the Coldplay film and treating us with the lovely supper after. RIP my friend xxxx …

Eric and Deb Wallace

John, we are so saddened by your sudden departure. Deb and I were so looking forward to our next adventure to Villefranche and the Las Vegas Gran Prix. Thank you for the amazing time and looking after the girls in France. Here is Deb having a Rose at our local Hard Rock in Seattle. …

Vanessa Partridge

Well John, our family only knew you for a few short years.  Once met, never forgotten.  Me, Jim and the boys loved your joy in life, your confidence and bravado.  You did right to indulge in the best things in life ’cause why wouldn’t you!  Who knows what’s ahead …. of course you had …

Les Barnes

I didn’t know John that well and actually only met him twice, the last time when he accompanied Sue to say goodbye to my brother Gary. But through my nieces Lindsey and Kelly and of course his wife Sue, I learned that he was a kind and generous man with an abundance of love …

David Tinsley

I’ve got to be honest John, this has taken me quite some time to come to terms with things and to sit down to write my message for you.  Even as I type I can’t believe I am writing this to my best friend. I’m not sure where to begin frankly, we shared so …