Popular window cleaner from Chadwell Heath dies

PUBLISHED: 15:58 19 June 2012

Popular: John Faulkner cleaned windows on Marks Gate Estate

Popular: John Faulkner cleaned windows on Marks Gate Estate


Tributes have been paid to a friendly window cleaner who has died following a battle against pneumonia.

John Faulkner, 87, was a popular figure who was seen cleaning windows with his son John on Marks Gate Estate in Chadwell Heath until the early nineties.

The dad-of-four also had a stint at Ford Dagenham, helped to build council homes in Barking and Dagenham and worked at a family newsagent in Old Dagenham Village in Crown Street with his five brothers.

All brothers fought in World War Two and came back alive.

The decorated naval officer from Longhayes Avenue recovered from pneumonia three times but died after a fourth bout combined with a twisted bowel on June 1 at King George Hospital, Goodmayes.

A funeral service took place at Dagenham Parish Church in Crown Street on Saturday.

Rev Mike Reith said: “John was a very well-respected figure on Marks Gate Estate as he window-cleaned with his son.

“His family may not have had millions but actually they have more than money could buy in the relationship they enjoyed with each other.”

Daughter Wendy Faulkner, 60, said: “He was really kind. He helped everybody. He was a genuine person and at the same time a private type of person.

“Everyone knew the Faulkners in old Dagenham village.

“His funeral took place on his 88th birthday –June 16 – where he arrived back at the old Dagenham Parish Church in a lovely horse drawn carriage at old Dagenham village to complete the circle of life.”

He leaves a widow, Dorothy, 86, two sons and two daughters.

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