John Goring Rowe (1923-2017)Posted: 08/01/2018
THCND members will be saddened to hear of the passing of John Rowe on the night of Boxing Day. He died peacefully in bed, as he would have wished, surrounded by his family.
John was a CND supporter from the beginning. He was an active member of Stepney and Poplar CND, and the group held its meetings in St Paul’s Church of which he was the curate. He and Isabel were the backbone of this group and its subsequent replacement Tower Hamlets CND of which John was at different times Secretary and Treasurer. His annual reports to the AGM in the former role were legendary in their perception and humour, while his letters to successive recalcitrant MPs, written in an avuncular “more in sorrow than in anger” tone surely shamed Labour MPs who really should have known better.
John was a fixture at all meetings and local and national demonstrations. He inveigled his daughter-in-law Virginia to produce a magnificent rainbow banner for us, which he and Isabel brought on marches and which only John really knew how to erect.
It is too much of a cliché to say that he will be sorely missed. His life was truly an example to us all.
Rest in peace, John
l:r John Pemberton, Mayor Lutfur Rahman, Len Aldis, John Rowe, Deputy Mayor Ohid Ahmed – Mayors for Peace Presentation in Tower Hamlets Town Hall • 4 April 2011