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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Russell.

John passed away on Sunday 3rd September.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 11th October at 2pm at the North Chapel, Oakley Wood Crematorium, Warwick.

Family flowers only but donations if wished for the ABC club (Affected by Bowel Cancer) may be left at the service or sent c/o A E Bennett and Sons 34 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EE.

John had been involved in swimming and aquatics for most of his life. joining Stratford-upon-Avon SC in 1976 and working as a teacher, official and administrator. He held many roles at club, county, District, regional and national level, and was a member of the Midland District Executive from 1989.

Following this John became a West Midland Regional Management Board Member, Regional Officials Coordinator and the Regional Licensing Officer.

In 2003 John became President of the Midland District, then in 2009 he was elected ASA President for the year 2010.

Due to his outstanding commitment and dedication to the sport, John was awarded Life Membership of the West Midland Region in 2015 upon his retirement.

He was also appointed as an Honorary Life Member, and later Honorary Life Governor, of the Commonwealth Royal Life Saving Society.

John will be missed by many in the swimming world and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.