In loving memory of
3rd June 1940 - 14th October 2022
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that John died peacefully at home on Friday, 14 October.
As most of you know, he had been bravely defying the odds since his cardiac arrest in April 2021, exactly 18 months ago to the day. Although life was obviously very difficult for him, we managed to have some wonderful times together and I feel very privileged to have been able to look after him at home for the last 15 months.
John was a wonderful husband and much loved father to Wendy, Paul and Helen, loving grandfather to Emily, Grace, Tom, Morgan, Savannah, Danny and Lola May, great grandfather to Zach and brother to Roger. He was an inspiration to many and the family and I will miss him terribly.
The funeral/celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, 2 November 2022 at 12.00 at the Pavilion at Clandon Wood Natural Burial Ground, followed by refreshments.
It would be helpful if you could let me know if you are planning to attend, and if you would like to say anything in memory of John. Due to the location, if the weather has been wet please bring appropriate footwear. There is a covered motorised buggy available for guests who are less mobile and umbrellas can be provided should it decide to rain.
The funeral service will be held at 12pm on 2nd November at Clandon Wood Natural Burial Ground
Directions for those who are attending are provided below. Following the service, you are invited to join us for a reception at the same venue. It would help us enormously with catering if you could click the RSVP link below.
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HOW TO GET THERE
Clandon Wood Natural Burial Ground
Clandon Wood is within easy reach of the A3 and M25. Clandon station is a 25 minute walk and Guildford station is a short taxi ride away.
From the A3 coming from London: take the B2039 / B2215 (A247) exit off the A3, then take the second exit from the roundabout onto the Portsmouth Road (B2215). This road takes you through Ripley – eventually you will reach a roundabout, take the first exit onto the A247 Clandon Road. Continue on this road driving through West Clandon, then turn left onto the A25 and the entrance to Clandon Wood Natural Burial Ground will be on your left.
Alternative route from the A3: take the Burpham/Merrow exit, then turn left into New Inn Lane just after the BP petrol station signposted towards Merrow, then turn right onto Park Lane B2234 and then turn left onto the Epsom Road A25 signposted towards Dorking and Leatherhead. The entrance to Clandon Wood Nature Reserve and Burial Ground will be on the left hand side after one mile, signposted Clandon Wood Natural Burial (do not take the earlier Clandon Park turnoff).
On arrival please gather in the main car park. The family would like some private time in the Pavilion before the service starts, so the White Rose Modern Funerals team will come and guide you to the Pavilion at 11.45am.
Family flowers only. Donations if wished to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Charity.
Please mark “In memory of John Zetter C69815”. John was a patient there as a young child and has supported the hospital all his life.
John was the kindest, thoughtful and selfless cousin to know. He hadn’t a bad bone in his body. It was my privilege to know my dear cousin only in his later years but loved him dearly. xx
I am deeply saddened to hear about John’s passing. I was privileged to meet him face to face and chat to him in his house after his cardiac arrest. He will always be in my heart, in my thoughts & in my prayers.
I have very happy memories of John’s positive and smiley attitudes to life, and solid support for the Town and Country Planning Association over so many decades as a fellow Trustee and Council member. John was a special person, and very generous with his time and energy.
John was the best cousin anyone could have. In fact he was more like a brother & certainly a good friend from my childhood. He was always there when I needed help or advise. He embraced my extended family, even visiting my daughter when she moved to Canada. It has been a great privilege to have John as part of our lives. We will always love you dearly.
Jenny, Rodney, Christina, Stuart, Ollie & Joe, Suzanne, Philip, Roan, Aaron & Una.
I worked with John from 1970-74 when we were at the Countryside Commission at 1 Cambridge Gate overlooking Regents Park. The Commission was a new agency and had recruited an enthusiastic group of young and motivated people.
John worked on a landscape study of the proposed A66 new road across the northern part of the Lake District National Park. It set a standard for many other roads, and I always think of John as a drive along the road. I remember that John had a period as an Assistant Professor in USA.
In 1974 the Commission moved to Cheltenham. John stayed in the civil service in London, and I moved to Exmoor National Park. We saw each other at RTPI and TCPA events over the years.
John passionately believed that town planning can improve the lives of people. We still need passionate people like John to help to make a better world.
John was a colleague and mentor when we were both working on European Planning in the civil service in the 1990s. He was a great diplomat and visionary, many times bringing together representatives-officials and politicians – to agree and adopt common ways forward on planning in respective countries. He was also a friend, full of wit and wisdom. I’ll miss him
I have very positive memories of John. We first met in 1976- 77 when he was head of international affairs at the DOE.
I was enquring on greater London policies, compared with Paris Région practices. After our first meeting many doors opened. Later I joined his team at OECD. I learned a lot ! I recall his fantastic ability to ease diplomatic frictions… On his advice , Élisabeth and Roger came over to visit me and we became the best friends in the world.!! Jean louis Husson
Jean Louis Husson
I met John at our local bridge club. He was a clever and thoughtful player and an eloquent, witty and interesting partner. Our car journey home was always a joy and an education as John was always up to date on current affairs. John loved his family and proudly shared news of their achievements. He introduced us to his lovely wife, Elizabeth, and enjoyed live jazz at the local pub. Thank you, dear John, for the enrichment. May you rest in peace and your family enjoy many happy memories.
Sabina de Gaston-Cooper
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