John Keith Prowse

John Prowse (1934-2018) was born on 8 February in Weymouth, the middle child of five. After attending Weymouth Grammar School, he joined the local council Parks Department where he was to work for forty years, with only a two year gap during which he completed his national service in the Dorset Regiment. He was to march with the Dorsets at the 1953 Coronation parade. In 1949, he fell in love with an Italian waitress named Maria. He and Maria were married in 1953 and they had two children, Antony and Caroline, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John was known as a helpful, peaceful, kind and caring father, great grandfather and friend. He had a love of plants and he and Maria enjoyed exploring her home island of Sicily. John died in 2018 aged 84.

Celebrant and tribute contributor: Emma Kimber