It is with sadness that I announce the passing away of my friend and fellow Aikidoka Sensei John France following a long illness.
All of us who knew John here send his wife Sheila and his family our condolences.
John was one of the early pioneers of Yoshinkan Aikido in England and many of the now highly ranked Sensei owe their start in Aikido to John.
I have known John and his family for well over 30 years and remember well the times we spent together they were times of warmth and happiness.
John came to see me in Russia a couple of years ago and one evening we were invited to have dinner with our Russian friends who live on the next floor of our apartment block after a few hours I returned home leaving John with my friends and he stayed until 04:00 hrs entertaining with his great sense of humor, how I don’t because my friends don’t speak English but in this time he made a lasting impression on our friends with his charisma, wit and open minded approach to life, this was John at his best.
Thank you for being my friend I am lucky to have so many warm memories of times we have spent together.
Rest in Peace old friend.
David, Oksana, Nikita and your Russian friends Andre, Firuza and the two boys.