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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2018 02:15 am
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    This is from Nicholas Flann, John Flann's son. It with sadness that I have to inform you that John died on Sunday. It was sudden, and I don't believe Dad suffered at all. He was on his way to Church with his jacket and badge on, locking the front door on his way to the garage when he must have collapsed. I was just with him the night before enjoying a beer and having our regular chat about our various projects. We had come upstairs from discussing his new project Hintock St Loe. I attach a picture of the layout as he left it. Also, a photo of the plan that he had just completed to post no doubt on the railway forum.


I cannot express the thanks I have for your companionship with Dad over the years. His railway and his friends and fans he had on the forum gave him so much vitality and enthusiasm for life. He often shared your stories with me and kept me up to date with how many likes he was getting on his posts.


Thanks again, I'm sorry to be the bearer of such sad news.


Nicholas



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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2018 02:44 am
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How very sad this makes me feel.
 
I knew John through this, our forum and while I didn't know him as well as many others, John was always friendly and supportive and full of enthusiasm for our hobby.
 
I will mourn his passing, will miss his companionship and while our community will not be the same without him, we remain abundantly richer for his contribution and his happy memory.
 
With friendship and profound respect,
 
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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2018 06:30 am
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This makes me sad indeed. I first “ met” John in 2001 through his writings in a now defunct UK magazine, “ Model Trains International”. One of his articles about an small, early layout hebuilt called “ Owlcombe” helped and inspired me to see the joy and benefits to  building small layouts. We remained in contact over the years and when I was recovering from my heart-attack in 2009 John made a special effort to contact me on a regular basis to keep my spirits up. His most recent modelling has been a joy to behold. He will be missed.



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I got the sad news from Nicholas this afternoon.

John was a true gentleman of the old school. Not only was he a skillful and knowledgeable modeller, he had the ability to describe his creations in such a manner that the reader could almost feel the sunshine in his wonderful Dorset villages.

We lived a thousand miles or so apart but called ourselves neighbours. He was a most generous and supportive neighbour

He will be much missed

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Vale John Flann . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7ZTKUsjMus



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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2018 08:55 am
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Nice Max....I remember that video



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Sad news indeed about John.My condolences to his family.



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I received a very similar email to that which Sol has posted from Nicholas.

I first remember John's name from reading articles that he wrote on Owlcombe and Hintock in the modelling press back in the 1970's I think. He was an early member of YMR and it was here that he and I first struck up a rapport, commenting on each others layouts. He gave me much critical encouragement during the construction of Much Murkle, both on the forum and privately. I liked the fact that he never fought shy of saying if he didn't like something I had done, but he also gave encouragement and praise in equal measure. I found his work on Hintock inspirational, hopefully some of which rubbed off on me.

I was lucky enough to have a face to face discussion with John, and his son Nicholas when they visited the UK in 2016. We talked about lots of things and obviously modelling was one subject that got aired. John was adamant that my adopted approach was too much towards the finescale end of the spectrum for his taste. He was always quite prepared to completely omit details which couldn't be seen. I retorted that his approach was more akin to an artist and storyteller. John may not have been a finescale modeller in the true sense of the term, but he certainly made some of the finest models and settings I have had the pleasure to see develop and read about.

We exchanged many emails over the all too few years I had his acquaintance. It was clear to me that John was very much a family man first and modeller second. He cared for his wife Jeanne for some time before she eventually passed away and he always took great pride in relating to me how his sons and their families doing.

I am aware that my friendship with John was not unique. He took much time and trouble to correspond with those who took an interest in his work and there will be many who will be sad not to hear from him in the future and to see an end to the Hintock story.

I will miss John and our periodic exchanges greatly. A true gentleman.

R.I.P.

 

 



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From the post by John Dew...
I had just finished the video when I received the sad news of my friend John Flann's death. John always used to poke gentle fun at my enthusiasm for DCC and computers so its only fitting that every time I see this video I will be reminded of our friendship.

I too had interesting discussions with John about not only DC vs DCC but operating processes as he used playing cards and a simple sequence method of moving trains & stock & I use  a computer to prepare graphs & timetables and train orders.
In fact it was his playing card method as published many years ago in Model Trains International is how I first came to contact John and it was from then in how we "joined" both in modelling and personal lives.

I will miss not only his modelling but his yearly Christmas card and other family activities sent via e-mail.




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Such sad news.

I never met John but, like others, I enjoyed his articles and his comments on here as well as the several times we  corresponded - as usual, him offering help and advice to queries I'd raised.  That was his forté - willingly sharing his vast knowledge with anyone who asked.

He knew "trains" inside out having spent most of his working life with the railways - in a "technical" capacity rather than cleaning engines.  Being ex LMS, he was obviously a big fan of anything "on the wet side" of the Pennines from my Yorkshire - although, whilst he often teased, he held no grudge against me ........... :lol: :lol:

When one has to go, it's probably better to go the way he did rather than simply wasting away.  It must have been a huge shock to his family and friends.  He will be greatly missed in our hobby and I offer my sincere condolences to his family at this very sad time.



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A sad loss indeed. My condolences to John's family.

The Providence River Branch was one of my big inspirations, and whilst I didn't know John personally, every few months I'd find myself coming back to the thread here and re-reading it from the beginning.

His modelling style was like an 'ear-worm' - once it got into my head it was hard to get back out again!

RIP, John. The hobby - and the world - is lessened by your passing. :(

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