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Tributes to retired Glaxo manager and sportsman

TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular and well respected retired Glaxo manager, sportsman and coach.

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POPULAR: John McGourty, an operations manager at Glaxo REF: 0301292

John McGourty, 68, died peacefully at home on April 2 after a long fight against cancer.

Mr McGourty, of Beckside Road, Dalton, was an operations manager at Glaxo, until his retirement around 14 years ago.

He was a squash player, then he started volunteering as a junior squash coach and director at Dalton Leisure Centre, and he also captained Dalton Cricket bowling team until last season.

Mr McGourty was diagnosed with cancer of the stem cells and bone marrow not long after his retirement. He underwent two stem cell transplants.

Mr McGourty was a fundraiser and committee member for Furness General Hospital’s Oncology Unit appeal.

During the last eight months he had fought skin cancer. His family said had always had great dignity and humour, and will be sadly missed.

He leaves his wife, Barbara; daughter, Jane; eight-month-old grandson, Daniel; his mother, Joan Mackereth and sister, Lesley Smith.

Miss McGourty, 35, of Steeton, Yorkshire, said: “Dad was very patient, very loyal, and had a great sense of humour. He was always the life and soul of the party, he was the glue that held us all together. He loved life, and his family was everything to him. He was devoted to his grandson Daniel.

“He never complained about his illness.”

Mr McGourty was so well thought of that Glaxo’s president of global manufacturing, David Pulman, called to see his old friend during a flying visit from America to Furness for Ulverston’s £350m Glaxo plant announcement.

Rod Lackey, of Ulverston, a friend of more than 30 years, and former colleague, said: “John had long friendships and he pulled people together.

“He didn’t just make friendships, he maintained those friendships. He was honest and was always pleased to see you. He was very well respected.

“He had his ups and downs with his health and he showed determination.”

Dalton Leisure Centre manager and friend, Bernard McPeake, said: “John was a great guy and everyone will miss him. He gave up a lot of his time for coaching and made very intelligent contributions to the directors meetings.”

The family thanked everyone for their support, including friend Chris D’Aeth who has helped them.

A service takes place at St Mary’s Church, Dalton, on Thursday, at 10am, followed by a private service for close family at Thorncliffe crematorium.

Donations will go to FGH Oncology Unit and St Mary’s Hospice.

Have your say

very sad news John was a great member of dalton cricket bowls section and will be sadly missed by everyone.

true gentleman R.I.P John x

Posted by mark on 11 April 2012 at 12:14

RIP John,

You were a brilliant bloke, you were always up beat and had time for everyone at the club. You will be missed. I will miss having a game with you and you not been down there at comps and match days. Thoughts with your family.

Posted by DCC Teammate on 11 April 2012 at 08:40

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