Community comes together to pay tribute to Jon Deacon, a ‘gentle giant’

Jonathan Deacon
Jonathan Deacon

He was known for his love of the good things in life, and for sharing them with friends and family.

On the evening of Tuesday August 19, Jonathan Mark Deacon, of Ashby Fields, died aged 42 at Northampton General Hospital.

He leaves behind parents Brian and Margaret, who are in their early 60s, sister Paula Spree, 45, nephew Charley,16 and his boxer dog, Monty.

His death follows that of his wife Cheryl, who passed away in April 2013 aged 46.

Jonathan was born in Daventry and lived in the area all his life. He attended Grange School, where in his spare time he enjoyed cycling on his BMX with friends.

After leaving school Jonathan worked at insurance firm Eagle Star in Northampton before joining Cummins’ Daventry plant, where he worked for 15 years before the onset of illness.

Jonathan met his wife Cheryl in the Coach and Horses pub in Daventry, they were married at the Holy Cross Church in August 2009.

Paula said: “He was a big, gentle giant. He liked to fix things. He had the same friends all his life and had a great sense of humour. He loved his music and enjoyed the nice things in life. Jon, Cheryl and I used to stay up all night watching Glastonbury; we watched Kasabian and I know he recently went to see Jake Bugg. In the later years he liked to stay at home and have me and the family over. He absolutely loved cooking for people and made everything from scratch.”

Jonathan had no children of his own, but enjoyed his role as uncle to Paula’s son, Charley. “Charley looked up to him,” Paula said. “If anyone could tell him what to do it was Jon.”

“I haven’t worked out what I want to say at the funeral. There are so many things about him. If you were ever down John would just crack open a bottle of champagne and do everything he could to build you up again.”

Paula said Jonathan had been going through a difficult time after the death of his wife, but had been on the road to recovery.

“The last year he had been healthy, he was coming to terms with it. Jon had a new woman in his life, he was just starting to get his life back together. He was really doing very well.”

Tributes have been flooding in to an online memorial page.

One friend, Anna Pay, wrote: “Many happy memories. If there was a good time to be had he’d find it. While I hadn’t seen Jon for a few years he’s continued to feature as the main character in many funny stories. The fact that he’ll be missed by so many comes as no surprise; a genuine guy.”

Another friend, Anthony Parry, added: “I remember burning around with John when we where growing up on the BMXs and working with him at Cummins.”

Paula said her parents were overwhelmed the messages left by friends, adding: “It is really quite a comfort to my mum and dad to read them.”

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