Tribute to John Reginald Acock
PUBLISHED: 14:40 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:46 15 June 2010
10/12/08: John Acock was the founder of Fourayes Farm in Sittingbourne. As Chairman of Fourayes, John pioneered and revolutionised the processing of Bramley apples for the bakery trade, laying down the strong foundations on which the company has continued to build.
10/12/08: John Acock was the founder of Fourayes Farm in Sittingbourne. As Chairman of Fourayes, John pioneered and revolutionised the processing of Bramley apples for the bakery trade, laying down the strong foundations on which the company has continued to build. Fourayes is now the one of the largest apple processors in the UK.
John was respected by growers, customers and the wider apple growing community for his expertise, generous character and enthusiasm for life. He provoked such a strong loyalty in staff that so many of his employees who joined the business in the early days remained throughout the time that John was Chairman.
John began his career in the growing and processing industry after finishing his National service. He started working on a fruit farm in Brenchley, Kent with a view to learn everything about the trade. In that same year he became a student at Kent Farm Institute, studying a one year course in growing of hops, fruit and bee keeping.
John's passion was the orchards that surrounded his living and working environment from 1953 until his retirement to Honiton in Devon in 1994 and his return to the heart of Kent in 2006.
John also worked tirelessly in the local area both before and after his retirement, which included working for Devon Air Ambulance and being the Chairman of the Combe Raleigh Parish Meeting for 9 years.
John will be remembered for his tireless energy, outgoing personality and his good works.
John was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. John leaves behind his wife Doreen, son, two daughters, three granddaughters and three grandsons. He was a keen worker in Sittingbourne and South Green Methodist Church for many years.
The funeral will be held at 12.00 mid-day on Friday 19th December 2008 at Bobbing Crematorium, Sittingbourne. A warm welcome is extended to all to join the family at the Hilton Hotel, Maidstone after the service.
Donations in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Kent Cancer Research will be gratefully received. Please send to, R High & Sons, 1 Bayford Road, Sittingbourne, Kent.