Family say thank you with bench for John
THE family of a Bootle man who regularly attended Waterloo Park Day Centre prior to his death earlier this year have thanked staff with a special donation in his memory.
John Laffan’s wife Betty, children Kathleen, Nicola and John and other relatives have joined forces to present the Haigh Road service with a memorial bench to celebrate the life of the 61 year old who died in January.
John, a lifelong musician, was a member of a number of local bands including popular 1970s Liverpool group Tristram Shandy.
He played bass with the jukebox combo, performing at legendary city venues like the Wooky Hollow Club, sometimes on the same bill as Merseyside entertainment greats like Ken Dodd and Tom O’Connor.
John, who had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and dementia in recent years, really enjoyed his threetimes-a-week visits to Waterloo Park, after failing to settle in at several previous centres he had attended.
According to wife Betty, he got on really well with staff and service users at the centre which is run by Sefton adult care provider, New Directions.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony she said: “Despite his illnesses, John really enjoyed his time at Waterloo Park, and we’re very grateful to the staff for the kind and loving way they looked after him.
“All the members of our family were keen to express this gratitude in the form of a gift which is why we have had this bench made.
“Waterloo Park has a lovely garden and we hope that services users and their family and friends will get a lot of pleasure from using John’s bench for many years to come,” added Betty.
Waterloo Park acting service manager, Maria Riding, said: “John was a lovely man and we are very pleased to accept this bench in his memory.
“It’s always very special when we receive this type of feedback from the families of people we care for.”
Betty Laffan (far left) and daughters Nicola and Kate (sitting) present the bench watched by family members, friends and Waterloo Park staff
A close-up of John Laffan