03:05AM, Friday 14 March 2014
A well-known district darts player has died aged 67.
A life-long Maidonian known as a 'gentle giant', John Rose represented the Thames Valley and Berkshire between the 1960s and 1980s.
From Boyn Valley Road, he began his long-term association with the oche as a player representing The Crown Pub in Norden Road in the 1960s.
His friend, Christine Bristow, said that John, who worked for the Royal Borough as a refuse collector, was dedicated to darts.
In the 1970s he progressed to the area finals of the News of the World Darts Championship and in the 1980s he finished runner up in The Cockney Classic, where he was beaten by London County player, Frank Webb.
John, who suffered from diabetes, gave up darts in 2006. Two years later his leg was amputated.
He passed away on Wednesday, February 26.
His funeral was held at Slough Crematorium on Friday, March 7.
Sandra Barney, whose husband Danny regularly played with John, said the 6ft 7ins Boyn Hill man will be 'sadly missed by all his friends'.
Sandra, from Allenby Road, said: "He was lovely, a gentle giant, that's what everybody called him."
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