Funeral Service

Time: 1.00 pm

Date: Friday 29th April 2022

Service Details:
A service of Thanksgiving for John's life will be held in Whalley Parish Church followed by a private family committal. Please feel free to dress with colour to reflect John's personality.

John Slinger

On 10th April, 2022 peacefully in hospital surrounded by his loving family, John, aged 81 years of Mellor, formerly of Accrington. The dearly loved husband of Lorna, much loved dad of Robert, Amy and Robert’s partner Kate, a loved brother of Edward and Thomas and a dear brother in law, uncle and great uncle.

John was very passionate about the beef industry throughout his working life and had been a dynamic force in the family company. He loved playing football, cricket and golf and also enjoyed his holidays – summer in Salcombe, South Devon and winters skiing in Alpbach, Austria.  John was very enthusiastic in anything he did and loved recounting his tales with a little exaggeration. Whenever anyone asked John how he was, no matter what was going on, his reply was always  “Absolutely wonderful”.

John will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing and loving him.

Family flowers only please, donations are being gratefully received in memory of John on behalf of RNLI (Salcombe) and Alpbach Mountain Rescue. To make a donation, please click the blue donate button at the bottom of this page.

Please feel free to leave a message for John’s online memorial book by completing the form below.

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MESSAGES for the family of John Slinger


Graham Boyes

A great man who had a very positive impact on my life. I shall always remember John with a smile.


Dave & Wendy

Remembering John with ‘absolutely wonderful’ memories. A special gentleman who has left a legacy and brought a world of opportunity to the local community when he built up Slingers meat. Loving thoughts to all the family. Keep your cap on !! and rest easy John. X


Piet & Ingrid Remijnse and Family

His presence will be missed, but the memories stay forever! Our warm condolences for the family and friends!


Bill and Justine Thatcher

We are sorry to hear the news of John’s passing. We have nothing but fond memories of him – mainly the funny stories he and JKP would share. We knew him as a kind and generous man with time for everyone. He will be sadly missed but wonderfully remembered.



John! Rest in peace great man. You are a great inspiration to me when things look a bit down surely something ‘absolutely wonderful’ will be just round the corner. More than a tear or two was shed upon hearing the news. My heart goes out to Lorna and family. Honestly, I can’t think of what to say. Just I really miss you John!!!


Richard Duckworth

So many memories pooled from the last thirty-odd years, of his immense kindness and generosity coupled with an impish sense of humour. I learnt a lot from him, and will always remember him with a warm smile.


Mark Shorrock

What a great chap. I grew up as a neighbour and young lad living across the road from John and family in Accrington. Fantastic memories of being taken for rides in all the flash cars he owned including Jaguar XJ-S and last of the 50 E type Jag convertibles. I even remember the registration numbers of OVO 1L and ESS 55. A very kind family who were very good to us when my dad died in 1981 – something you never forget. I haven’t seen them for a long time but my thoughts are with Lorna, Robert and Amy. Rest in Peace John.


Howard Airey

A good friend to my Dad throughout his life, and remained a good friend to our family afterwards. Hopefully they’re enjoying a beer and some cricket together somewhere. All my best to Lorna, Robert and Amy.


Arthur Stuttard

Sorry not to be able to attend John’s funeral. My mobility these days is very limited, and my back continues to trouble me.


Liz Murphy

So sorry that I could not attend the funeral as we had a pre-booked trip to Spain to visit our son. I knew John for many years and enjoyed many a lively discussion on EU rules and regulations – not least on GATT quota. My memories will be of his great laugh and his intense enthusiasm for the industry. Much love to all the family.


Peter & Joan

Privileged to have known him as a friend.