Fond farewell to popular Jack, who spent his life serving the Salvation Army

Jack Webb
Jack Webb

A well-loved town character, who spent his life as a member of the Salvation Army, has been given a fond send-off by family and friends.

John Conyers Coupland Webb, known to his friends as Jack, passed away on June 5.

The 101-year-old, who lived at the Georgians Care Home, in Wide Bargate, had spent his life selling the War Cry - starting in pubs around town and later on in the Market Place.

Daughter Celia Ellis, who is also a member of the Salvation Army, said he really enjoyed it.

She said: “It was a form of witnessing to people about God. He originally started going out to do them because there was a lady who used to go round the pubs and she was finding it difficult so he went along to help her.”

She said he was very popular, adding: “If people didn’t see him for a while they would ask ‘where’s Jack?’”

She said her father was ‘always there when you needed him’.

He enjoyed playing bowls and was a member of Sleaford Road Bowling Club, holding various positions within the English Bowling Federation including secretary and honorary treasurer.

During his working life he was an accountant and company secretary.

Mjr Mark Price, of Boston Salvation Army, said the organisation had ‘thanked God for the life of one of its longest serving members’.

He said: “In 2003 Jack completed 70 years as a collector and seller of the War Cry in the town and public houses. Jack was Young People’s Band Leader in the 1950s and had a massive impact upon the lives of the boys he led in the band.

“Jack was still collecting in a local supermarket in December and attending Sunday meetings on the final Sunday before his passing.

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant. He will be sorely missed by us all!”

Jack’s funeral took place at the Citadel on High Street, Boston, on June 18.