Exmouth traffic warden John remembered
PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 April 2017
Tributes have been paid to a popular former Exmouth traffic warden, who will be ‘deeply missed’.
Father-of-four John Mendham, 80, was a well-known figure in town and was often seen patrolling the streets in his job.
John, who moved to Exmouth in 1986, worked as a traffic warden for 15 years.
The avid walker and bird watcher died of a heart attack in March after returning home from a symphony orchestra concert at Exeter University.
John’s funeral will take place tomorrow (Friday, April 7) at 4.45pm at East Devon Crematorium in Whimple.
His wife of 43 years, Susan, said: “He was very popular as a traffic warden. He was very fair and very well respected.
“People knew him as ‘John, the traffic warden’.
“When people asked me what my husband did, I would say, ‘he works in the town’ - just in case he had given them a ticket.”
John, who was born in 1937 in Oxford, had worked as a police officer and was a member of East Devon Ramblers and Exeter Ramblers.
Susan added: “We were shocked by the tragic, sudden death.
“He will be deeply missed.
“He had a full, active and happy life.
“He had been very well. People can’t believe he was 80 - he was so active.”