Broughton village stalwart dies at 92

John Stamper, who has died at the age of 92
John Stamper, who has died at the age of 92

The funeral has taken place of a long-time teacher at a Kettering school who died at the end of last month.

John Stamper, who was 92, also acted as this newspaper’s Down Your Way correspondent for Broughton for three decades.

Pictured in 1955 is John Stamper and others members of staff at the girls' secondary modern in Rockingham Road, Kettering ' including Una (nee Rivett, the one getting the piggy back), whom he married that year

Pictured in 1955 is John Stamper and others members of staff at the girls' secondary modern in Rockingham Road, Kettering ' including Una (nee Rivett, the one getting the piggy back), whom he married that year

Born in Bath in April 1922, and brought up in the city, Mr Stamper was an engineer when the Second World War broke out.

Although exempt from being called up, he decided two years later in 1941 – at the age of 19 – to sign up for the RAF.

Injured in a crash on his last day of training, he went on to work in telecommunications in the underground Government headquarters.

Mr Stamper moved to Kettering in 1950 after completing a teacher training course.

He took up a job as a teacher at the girls’ secondary modern school in Rockingham Road, Kettering, where he taught science and was, for a number of years, the only male teacher on the staff.

In February 1955 Mr Stamper married Una, who had joined the school as a PE teacher almost three years previously. Their son Paul was born in 1957.

The family settled in Broughton, where Mr Stamper threw himself into village life, something which increased after he retired as a teacher in 1978.

He was first elected to Broughton Parish Council the following year, and also served on the Northamptonshire Association of Local Councils.

Among his achievements on the council was winning a grant from energy supplier E.ON to fund the village’s Christmas lights.

He was also treasurer of the Kettering and District Natural History Society for 25 years.

For 30 years he took charge of the annual Broughton News and wrote the village’s column for the Northants Telegraph – something he continued right up until a few weeks ago.

John Stamper died on Friday, August 29. His funeral service was held at Kettering Crematorium on Wednesday morning.