Tributes have been paid to a much loved and ‘inspirational’ Mablethorpe businessman who sadly died after a 12 year cancer battle last week.
John Banks, owner of The Clock Fish and Chip Restaurant in Seaholme Road, died on Wednesday aged just 54.
John had been diagnosed with myeloma, a type of cancer found in the bone marrow, 12 years ago, and in recent times had dedicated himself to raising money for Myeloma UK.
He had been admitted to hospital with a chest infection last week but sadly died surrounded by his closest family.
After being born in Oldham, John moved to Mablethorpe with his family as a toddler where he grew up. He owned the Mermaid Café before going on to The Clock Fish and Chip Restaurant.
Just this year, a fundraising day at The Clock saw around £3,000 raised, including the day’s takings, for Myeloma UK to whom John was so grateful.
His daughter Tara has described her dad’s ‘can do’ and ‘inspirational’ attitude.
“It is still very raw but he was an amazing dad,” said Tara.
“My dad was always so positive, he believed in the power of positive thought and rarely let things get him down.
“He was outspoken and said things as they were, all in all he was a top bloke.”
John leaves behind his wife Rita, daughter Tara, sons Daniel and Ashley, and was a son, brother, uncle and grandad.
“I know my dad wants us to stay together as a family and be there for each other,” Tara added. “He leaves a legacy and wanted to be remembered for doing something positive by raising awareness and raising money.
“He put up such a fight and believed he could fight anything. We do feel robbed but we hope he is finally at peace.”
In September John expressed his desire to raise awareness for myeloma. He said he’d been struck by how few people had heard of it and was not one to ‘suffer in silence’.
Readers on our Facebook page expressed their sadness.
Sam Sawford said: “This is such sad news, I used to work for John when I was a teenager and so did my older brother. He was such a nice man and will be sadly missed but I hope he is able to rest now.”
Ben Hooton said John had been an inspiration. “I worked for him this summer with the fundraising and he was truly one of the greatest men I have ever been lucky enough to meet after he gave me a chance on a job after the recent trouble I had been in,” Ben said.
“He made me realise if he could carry on with his work towards myeloma that I can go the right way in life.”
Michael Kheng said John would be ‘a sad loss’ and Mablethorpe Town Manager Karen Froggatt added: “I only really got to know John about six months ago and he was a real inspiration and will be very much missed.”
Catriona Findlay, spokesperson for Myeloma UK, said: “John was such an inspirational man, passionate about raising vital funds and awareness of myeloma within the local community and the UK. We extend our sincere condolences to John’s family and friends.
“His contributions to Myeloma UK have been invaluable and his cheery voice, enthusiasm and determination will be sorely missed.”
John’s funeral takes place at 10.30am on Monday, November 26 at St Mary’s Church in Mablethorpe. Donations can be made to Myeloma UK care of Arnold’s Funeral Service.