Tributes to well known Watton handyman

John Channan, a handyman from Watton, has passed away.

John Channan, a handyman from Watton, has passed away. - Credit: Archant

Neighbours have paid tribute to a lovable Watton handy-man who passed away last month.

John Channan was known as a 'Jack of all trades', helping out neighbours and the elderly of the town with their domestic problems.

A painter and decorator by trade, Mr Channan, of Vincent Place, also turned his hand to plumbing and gardening. He passed away on January 11, aged 62, after a period of ill health.

Dawn Crook, Mr Channan's niece, said: 'He was a great guy, he would do anything for anyone.

'I only remember him from when I was little. He used to come down and see my dad, his brother, with my grandad now and again.'

Ms Crook said her uncle had grown up in Edgeware, in London, but the family had moved to Norfolk when he was around 16 and he had lived there ever since.

Beryl Goulding, who had known John for more than ten years, said: 'When I was in the pub trade, he did a lot of DIY, gardening.

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'A lot of people knew him and he helped a lot of people out. I feel they would want to say goodbye to him.'

Wendy Key, who lived close to John, said: 'He was just a very good neighbour to me and to most people in this little road, and to a lot of elderly people in the town.

'He just did little jobs. He had worked a lot of places, he was a Jack of all trades.

'He would just get on with the job and I always think he was very fair with what he charged.'

Mr Channan's funeral is taking place at Mintlyn Crematorium in Kings Lynn on Wednesday, February 24 from 12.15pm.