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TRIBUTES: ‘Firecracker’ humanitarian aid man John passes away at 83

 Published on: 30th November 2021   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Tributes have been by a Christian church-based humanitarian agency to their ‘godfather’ who helped them become the organisation they are today.

John Arthur OBE, who passed away at the age of 83 on November 14th, held several positions in the Seventh-day Adventist Church located in Garston throughout his lifetime.

But it was as a director of the denomination’s Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)’s Trans-European Division he will probably be best remembered. 

Under his leadership, the organisation focused its efforts on providing aid to war-torn countries across the world. 

Bert Smit, CEO of ADRA-UK said “‘John was a such a firecracker. He carried the ADRA banner with him. Even in retirement, his energy and ability to push the agency forward was unrelenting.”

John’s efforts to help others across the world did not go unnoticed in his lifetime. In 2006, for his services to international humanitarian aid, he was given an OBE by the Queen.

As well as that, in recognition of his hard work to help out children in the country, he was also awarded the Order of Mother Teresa by the President of Albania.

John is survived by his wife Ruth, and his two children Christine and Andrew.

The family have also asked ADRA-UK to set up a JustGiving fundraising page in John’s honour, with all proceeds going to aid the education of children in Albania.

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