Tributes have been paid by the family of a long serving Newmarket stable lad who died earlier this month.
John Lockwood died at his home in Rous Court on Saturday, August 9 aged 71 after suffering a stroke. He leaves behind two sons Wayne and Gary.
“Dad was a really popular man town and everyone new him. He was always willing to talk to people and he lived life to the full,” said Wayne Lockwood, son.
“He loved Frank Sinatra and his favourite saying was no way which was a take on his song My Way. We were even going to name a greyhound Johnny No Way It sounds strange but it doesn’t feel like I am grieving yet as I have so much on my mind, but I am sure it will hit me soon.”
Born in Huddersfield in 1943, Mr Lockwood’s first job in racing came after leaving school when joining Tommy Shedden.
After leaving the Wetherby handler, Mr Lockwood spent 12 months working in the steel industry in Sheffield, before serving his apprenticeship in Beverley under Pat Taylor.
In 1966 he moved to pastures new and headed to Newmarket to join up with Sir Noel Murless at Warren Place.
Mr Lockwood followed his old boss Pat Taylor in moving to Godalming in Surrey, but within six months he was back at Warren Place.
In 1970 he married his wife Marion, who died in 1997.
Mr Lockwood remained at Warren Place when Sir Noel retired and Sir Henry Cecil took over.
During his time at the Moulton Road yard he looked after such horses as Buckskin, Belmont Bay and Piperhill.
After being made redundant at the age of 63 he joined Neville Callaghan and later his son Simon, before retiring upon Simon’s decision to relocate to America.
Mr Lockwood’s funeral will take place at 1.30pm at the West Suffolk Crematorium Friday, August 29. All mourners are invited back for drinks at the Racing Centre in Newmarket following the service.
Donations will go to Racing Welfare and will be collected via Southgate of Newmarket.