John Prendergast who died on Easter Sunday was born, educated and lived in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme all of his life.
After the retirement of his father he ran a successful local building company making many commercial and private contracts through North Staffordshire and beyond.
When he joined the Civic Society he was able to give his superb technical advice relating to building matters and this was also demonstrated in his capacity of the Society’s representative on the Conservation and Advisory Working Party held monthly in the Civic Offices.
John was a keen rugby player in his youth and remained involved with the sport for the rest of his life.  He liked nothing better than to share a pint of beer with his friends and humorously reminisce about his experiences on the rugby field and in the building industry.
When John was diagnosed with his serious illness he faced it both positively and bravely.
We shall all miss his wonderful generosity of spirit and send our sincere condolences and prayers to his wife Libby and family.
May he rest in peace.

Leo Patrick Chatterton.