Grimethorpe St John Ambulance Brigade
Divisional officer Ian Walker aged 62 of Norwood Drive Brierley, lost his
three and a half years fight against leukaemia on Sunday December 17 2006.
He leaves a wife Ann, children Maxine, Mark and Richard, and granddaughter
Born on Lillydene Avenue Grimethorpe in 1944, he attended
Brierley Grimethorpe Modern School (now Willowgarth High) before
starting work at Grimethorpe colliery as a workman, colliery official
and then a safety officer. He was one of the last men to work in
shutting down the colliery in February 1994 after which he was made
redundant. After the colliery closed, Ian went on to study at Barnsley
College gaining a certificate in Higher Education for Health and safety.
He then worked for Life skills before ill health forced him to retire.
In 1977 after he was made a serving brother of the order of St John
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In 1977 he was made a serving brother of the order
of St John, which he was a member of for 30 years taking part in many
first aid competitions competing for both the Grimethorpe colliery and
St John teams. They were successful in winning numerous national finals.
In 1991, he gained one of his finest achievements by training the
Grimethorpe Junior St John Ambulance team to be Champions of Great
Britain going on to finish third in the world championships in Australia
the same year. Ianís two sons Mark and Richard were members of the
The funeral service which took place at St Lukeís church
where Ian and his wife Ann were married, was followed by internment at
Grimethorpe and was led by Father Peter Needham. Well over 300 mourners
filed into the church while others lined the streets. Grimethorpe cadets
formed a guard of honour outside the church as his coffin which was
draped in the St John flag was carried in. Brian Sleight from the
Grimethorpe and District band played the last post. Brierley and
Grimethorpe will be a sadder place to live in without Ian.
with Shaft man Colin Earl also from Brierley after closing down number 2
shaft at Grimethorpe colliery in 1994. They were amongst the last miners
to work underground at the pit