Celebrating the life of Highways Agency Traffic Officer John Walmsley
Family, friends and colleagues have paid their respects to John Walmsley, our Highways Agency Traffic Officer who died tragically in the course of his duty.
John died following an incident on the M25 near Sevenoaks on 25 September 2012.
His funeral took place at Gravesend Methodist Church.
Fellow Traffic Officers from across the country attended the service, some forming a guard of honour outside the doors of the church. Inside, they joined John’s family and friends and other colleagues to pay their respects.
Among the eulogies, John’s fellow Traffic Officer Daniel Lyons said:
“When working with John it was a day out. We always got the work done but it was a pleasure not a chore.
“He was a great traffic officer but most of all he was a great friend.”
Nicky Potts, Highways Agency Traffic Management Directorate Head of On Road South, said:
“We are proud of all our Traffic officers, but we are especially proud of John. John was doing a job he loved, helping and protecting others.
“The heartfelt messages in the condolence books we have opened show just how many lives he touched, how many people he inspired and how much of himself he shared with so many.”
John’s family have welcomed charity donations in his memory and named his two favoured charities:Kent,Surreyand Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and the EllenorLions Hospice:
- Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust – John was a big supporter of the Kent air ambulance service, which responded to the incident that he was involved in.
- EllenorLions Hospice – John regularly gave money to EllenorLions Hospice, based in Northfleet in Kent, who provide hospice care for 300 adults and 80 children, as well as providing 250 people with in-hospice care.
Donations can still be made via John’s JustGiving page.
Our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues at this time.
John’s family have released the following tribute:
“John Walmsley, our dad, was a great dad, grandad and most importantly great husband, who is irreplaceable. He had the affection and respect of just about everyone he came in contact with, due to his honesty and kindness with/to them. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. xx”
We are collating condolences to forward to John’s family. If you would like to add yours, we will be monitoring our official Twitter account Highways_Agency, and also the hashtags #JWTO and #HATO. You can also email your messages to email@example.com, please use ‘In memory of John Walmsley’ as the subject heading of your e-mail.
Highways Agency colleagues have been invited to share their thoughts and memories of John on a special page on the staff intranet.