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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

TITUS JOHN WHITE

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Titus John White.

John's wife, Veg, phoned me this evening to tell me that John had suffered a fatal stroke on the night of Sunday 10th October.

John has had Barn Owls nesting in his garden since he built two fabulous Barn Owl boxes side-by-side. Titus John White was not his real name but was suggested by me when he wanted to start a blog, but felt the need to withhold his identity to protect his beloved Barn Owls from unwanted (and illegal) disturbance. Titus White - Barn Owl (Tito alba).

John was one of the kindest persons I have ever met, and had a wonderful sense of humour. We had been pals for many years with us first meeting through one of John's friends suggesting that John contact me because of my passion for owls.We subsequently met up on a weekly basis to spend the day seeking birds and other wildlife to photograph, and later shared shifts together as volunteers on the Rutland Osprey Project. Lately, our meetings had become less frequent, but we still exchanged telephone chats from time to time.

I will miss John greatly, and my thoughts and best wishes are with Veg, and the rest of John's family at this difficult time.

God bless you John - may you fly peacefully on silent wings.

14 comments:

  1. This is very sad news, Richard. I have fond memories of our visit to his house to see his Barn Owls, and the cup of tea Miriam I shared with John and Veg in their garden. John and I kept up with each other via our blogs and his dedication to his owls was unsurpassed. If possible please convey our sympathy to Veg. David

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    1. I hope to be speaking with Veg at the end of the week, John, and will be sure to pass on your message.

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  2. Hello Richard, I am so dreadfully sorry for the loss of your friend, and send you my condolences.

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  3. Sad news ... the owl man has passed away ... great job he did, we will miss John and his owls ...
    my condolences to his family

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    1. I will pass your kind message to John's wife when I speak to her, Frank, hopefully at the end of the week.

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  4. It is indeed very sad news Richard. I expect many of us will miss his beautiful barn owls. Please pass my condolences to his family.
    Mike.

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  5. We came to know John through your blog and consider him a friend. The fellowship developed between the two of you over owls will forever be a precious memory.

    Gini and I pray for his family and all who knew him.

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  6. This is indeed verry sad news Richard. Please pass my condolences to his family.
    It was always a joy to read his blog about the Barn Owls and the Ospreys. Afterwards it was also nice to discover we had some connection in the family. He will be missed.
    Roos

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    1. Thank you Roos. He will be greatly missed. I hope that his Barn Owls will be looked after now that he has gone. I am more concerned, however, about his wife.

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  7. I am feeling sad, he was truly a great man, RIP John White. I love his owls, and the Red Kites, beautiful.

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    1. He will be greatly missed, Bob. He was dedicated to his owls and passionate about Ospreys and Red Kites too.

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