John Lucas, a well-known member of the Wellington community, died at home last Friday after a short illness. He was 84.
The co-founder of Chelston Nursery with his father – who was well known in the town as an active member of the Rugby, Bowling and Conservative Clubs – John started the business in 1951 in a field where the nursery still operates.
He was born in Wellington and grew up in Rockwell Green. He was a pupil at Wellington School and then started work at Frank Rowe’s Rylands Nursery. After National Service with RAF Signals he returned to Frank Rowe’s before starting out on his own. John and his father initially did “a bit of everything, then specialised in chrysanthemums,” according to his son, David, who now runs Chelston Nursery.
John was a member of operatic societies first in Taunton and then Wellington and, as a keen photographer, was a member of Phoenix Camera Club in Taunton. David said, “He had little free time away from the business but enjoyed sailing and fishing as well as photography.”
He was a very regular presence at Chelston Nursery, helping with the running of the business. “He was fit and robust and was working here until early May this year,” David added. “He went into hospital in June and then returned home for palliative care for 3 weeks before he died peacefully.”
There will be a private family funeral this week and a Thanksgiving Service to which everyone who knew John is welcome on Monday 17th August at St Mary’s Church, West Buckland, at 2pm.