According to John’s son, Giles, he broke his arm in January and then had another fall in the snow. He was in hospital when he died, aged 81. A photograph of John taken at the Retired Engineering Staff Reunion in 2011 is shown left.
For many years, John was a lecturer in the Physics Department and, when that closed, he transferred to Electrical, continuing to teach until a few years ago. After that he frequently visited the University and this enabled him to keep in touch with his colleagues in all Departments. He started to work for Northampton College of Advanced Technology in September 1960.
John’s funeral will be held at 1pm on Thursday February 28th, St Mary & St Gabriel Church South Harting, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 5QB.
To contact John’s son about the arrangements, please email email@example.com or call 07940 925 429
Messages about John:
From Mike Freestone:
I am proud to be able to say that John and I were colleagues for many years. I shall miss his wisdom and his wit. He served City University well for over fifty years, and that is probably a unique achievement.
I shall remember John’s passionate belief in the value of informal conversations in the senior common room. Sadly he did not live to see that re-introduced. In its absence he always made himself available to his colleagues. I remember how he lifted my spirits the last time we met, just a few weeks ago, and we walked arm in arm along a corridor to the office where he was to chair a PhD examination.
Dear John, to all intents and purposes he died in harness, which is probably how he would have wished it.
From Roy Vipond:
It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the death of John Milner. I first met him when I joined the staff in 1965 – he was in Physics and I in Chemistry. Over the subsequent years I valued many contacts and discussions that eventually led to he and I going to Lithuania in 1989 and 1991 and then having staff from there to visit City (and London) as part of an EEC collaboration project. At lunchtimes he was often present in the then SCR where many Engineering staff would meet together and share experiences – John’s opinions and encouragement to many of us was much valued.