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Mevagissey fundraiser John Hooper dies

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

TRIBUTE: John Hooper pictured back in 2006, holding the keys to Mevagissey Activity Centre at its grand opening.

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A MAN instrumental in helping to secure funding for Mevagissey Activity Centre has died.

John Hooper, a former parish councillor and a father of two, died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro on February 23 after a short illness.

He was born in Willesden, London and grew up in Wembley, attending East Lane School.

A Labour supporter, he took his first steps into politics as a member of Hemel Hempstead Borough Council and Dacorum District Council.

His son Alan told the Cornish Guardian: "While serving on the highways committee as chairman, he was instrumental in adopting the design for a massive change to a very large roundabout in Hemel Hempstead.

"It was the first of its kind anywhere in the world: a roundabout, already with six access/egress roads and with an island and river running through the middle of it. It now gained notoriety for having two-way traffic on it and the addition of six mini-roundabouts. Formally, it's known as the Plough Roundabout, but internationally as the Magic Roundabout. It continues in use, and as recently as 2012 won an international award for Roundabout of the Year."

Mr Hooper worked for British Rail, National Carriers and became the South West regional director for Fashion Flow before retiring at 63 and moving to Cornwall.

"Serving on Mevagissey Parish Council, he also worked tirelessly to secure funding from various sources to enable the design and development of a brand-new sports and multi-use facility for all," said Alan. "Both he and his wife Pat were honoured for their dedication to this cause, with the new facility being named after them."

He is also survived by youngest sister Patricia.

The funeral will take place at 11am on Friday in St Peter's Church, Mevagissey, followed by interment at Trewinney Cemetery.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the British Heart Foundation or Marie Curie Cancer Care, care of Stacey Lambert, Paul Bourton Funeral Service, 37-41 Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5JE.

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