Forest of Dean & Wye Valley

OBITUARIES: John Hale & Bert Stapleton

In Editorial, Obiturary on July 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm


We were saddened to hear of the death of John Hale last month. He would have been 90 in June, but his health had been in decline for some time.

Jan Royall declared that he had “given extraordinary service to our community”. Most of us will remember his work as secretary of the Bream Health Forum which came into being in 1987, and worked hard to improve health service facilities in the Forest. Later it was to widen its scope to become the Forest Health Forum.

Health matters were always of prime concern to John. He took an active part in the campaign to save Lydney and the Dilke hospitals from closure, when they were threatened with closure in 2006., together with other local health facilities. Thanks to a sustained and high profile local campaign to “Save Our Services”, our two community hospitals were saved from closure – and John Hale was active through the campaign.


Bert Stapleton, an active member of Lydney Labour Party and one-time local town councillor died after increasing poor health. He hailed originally from Devon where he worked on the railways, and was an active trade unionist. After retirement from his job, he came to live in Lydney, where he took an active part in local affairs.

He was a regular reader of the Clarion, but after the death of his wife, his health began to deteriorate and he was unable to participate in local affairs. But as far as he was able he maintained an interest in the affairs of his adopted town.


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