The passing of John Ryde will leave a hole in many lives. Since hearing of his passing we have recounted many occasions on which John’s presence lit up the occasion and his delivery of both speeches and comments will be missed at Nationalist gatherings far and wide. The picture above shows John as many will, quite rightly, remember him. A well presented gentleman with a sunny disposition who was always a welcome addition to any room that he chose to walk into.
John’s activism will be much missed in Nationalist circles and much further afield than his East Midlands homeland. Many candidates had their campaign leaflets touched up by the hands of John Ryde and much the better for it they were too. Over the last thirty years John has held several positions within different Nationalist parties and stood for election on many occasions. Indeed at the time of his death John was still serving the public as a member of the Newbold Verdon Parish Council.
I offer my condolences to John’s family and broad circle of friends, a fraction of whom I have the distinct pleasure of knowing.