Obituary: RMT stalwart John Knight passes away

John Knight a lifelong union rep, activist and officer of Finsbury Park Branch has died after being diagnosed with throat cancer only six weeks ago. John spent most of his working life as a guard and driver both at Oakwood and Arnos Grove and was known for the integrity and unshakeable principles that characterise all that is good about our union. He was kind and compassionate and was well respected by all who knew him; even in his retirement years that were so tragically cut short, he still gave his time without reward to help youngsters in his local RAF cadet company.

His sudden departure was a big shock to all who knew him. John’s funeral took place in Clacton on Monday, 7th September. Many friends and colleagues from Arnos Grove travelled to the funeral in a coach organised by our branch. Together with workers from the rail industry, John’s family and the local community, there was a huge turnout of people wishing to pay their last respects and to say a final ‘farewell’. It was a fitting tribute to a great man.

Steps are in hand to make a permanent memorial to John at Arnos Grove. He will always be remembered.

Dean O'Hanlon Finsbury Park Branch Secretary