John MacRae Obituary, Death – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, John MacRae. After a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia, he tragically succumbed to his injuries following a fall. In his final moments, he found solace as he peacefully departed this world, free from pain.
Throughout his long and fulfilled life, John embraced various roles that left an indelible mark on those who knew him. To many, he was “Mac,” the talented drummer who graced the stages of Suffolk bands in the vibrant sixties, including Shades of Blue, The Clique, and Cool School. His rhythmic beats brought joy to countless music enthusiasts and remain etched in the East Anglian Music Archive.
Others will recall John as the skilled compositor at the East Anglian Daily Times during the 1960s and 1970s, or as the revered Chimney Stack Specialist from the 1980s to the early 2000s.
For some, memories of him revolve around The Fat Cat, where he was a familiar face, or his shop on St Helens Street, where he expertly crafted bags and belts.
To honor John’s memory, we invite you to take a moment to reflect on his vibrant spirit. Play some Miles Davis, raise a glass, and reminisce about the cherished moments shared with our beloved dad.
In accordance with his wishes, there will not be a traditional funeral service. However, we are planning a gathering in the future, where friends and loved ones can come together to celebrate John’s life and share their fondest memories. Further details will be communicated at a later date.
May the rhythm of his music, the artistry of his craftsmanship, and the warmth of his friendship forever resonate within our hearts. Rest in peace, dear father.