Tributes to John, Worthing’s thoughtful volunteer

A LONG-serving Guild Care volunteer and well-known face in Worthing has died at the age of 90.

“John” Vernon Sams served on 12 different committees for the older people’s charity. He was also a former head teacher at Broadwater Manor School, and it was while there that his association with the charity started as his late wife, Pam, already served on a number of committees.

John became a volunteer on the children’s welfare committee in 1963, and became chairman of that committee in 1965.

He was twice chairman of the executive committee, was appointed as a trustee in 1976 and served as chairman of the Worthing Council for Voluntary Service (Guild Care) from 1976 to 1982.

He was awarded the honour of vice-president in March, 1983, served on the executive board and was a member until his death at the end of August.

At a service celebrating John’s life, held at St Mary’s Church in Broadwater last week, John’s daughter, Kim, and son, Mervyn, read a speech featuring comments from friends about their father.

Some of them said: “John was a special man, so thoughtful, so wide, so courteous, so thinking of and caring for others.”

“John was much respected and admired by everyone, and you can be very proud of him and all he achieved.”

Mervyn added: “There were 240 people there, and it was standing room only. There was also the secretary of the 6th Gurkhas, who wants to put some of dad’s memorabilia of his time with the regiment into their museum in Winchester.

“He was a very humble but popular man, and I think this was reflected in the number of people there.”