John Gerald Lyons
John Gerald Lyons, 86, of Eagle Point, Ore., passed away April 27, 2012. He was born January 14, 1926, to Arthur John Lyons and Elizabeth Caroline Braybrooke Webb. John grew up in London, England, with his five siblings; he is survived by his brother, Geoffrey, of Taunton, U.K. He had many tales of his wartime experiences living in London during the Blitz and facing up to those dark days with the true indomitable British spirit of the time.
John trained at Sandhurst Military Academy after the war and was stationed in Germany with the army of occupation where he met his first wife, Jean Hutcheon-Horne Smith, who was there working for the Foreign Office. They married March 26, 1949 and had two sons, Russell John Stewart Lyons and Stuart Vaughn Hamilton Lyons. After many happy years together, John lost Jean to cancer in 1980.
John was fortunate to have a second chance at happiness and married Susan in 1983. After retiring from an illustrious career as an eye doctor in London, John and his American wife emigrated to the United States in 1990 to a rich and active retirement. He played the cello for 10 years with the Rogue Valley Symphony, completed a Ph.D, wrote and published a novel, and obtained his Captains license for ocean sailing. John took many sailing trips in the Pacific and around the United Kingdom and travelled extensively with Susan.
John was a long standing member of the Gallimauphry Society in Ashland. He loved poetry and also constructed several telescopes in pursuit of his lifelong interest in astronomy. He had a tremendous curiosity in the origins and meaning of life which he lived to the fullest, achieving his personal ambitions while also caring for those around him. He is remembered for his many kindnesses, perfect manners and for being a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was the best husband, father and friend anyone could have wished for and will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
A private celebration of life will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rogue Valley Symphony.