John Sargent obituary

My friend John Sargent, who has died aged 101, spent much of his working life as an ambulance driver, but also had more than 20 years running a grocery shop in Coventry, where he and his wife, Vera, sold organic produce they had grown on their own plot of land.

John was born near Hungerford in Berkshire to William, who ran the family mill, and his wife, Alice (nee Brooks). He was taught to grow food by his grandfather while still at the local council school, and after moving to Coventry at the age of 14 he started working in the Rootes car factory as an apprentice toolmaker while studying engineering, drawing and mathematics at Coventry Technical College.

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