Tributes paid to Lewes vet who ‘relished and enjoyed his life’

L-R: Richard Rees, John Daykin, John RawlinS, Mike Symons, David Lang and John Teakle. SUS-160604-124127001
L-R: Richard Rees, John Daykin, John RawlinS, Mike Symons, David Lang and John Teakle. SUS-160604-124127001

Tributes have been paid to a ‘kind and considerate gentleman’ who dedicated his career to caring for animals in the Lewes district.

John Teakle moved to Lewes in the early 1950s and joined the veterinary surgery at Radstock House, in the Cliffe, in 1952. In the late 1950s, Mr Teakle became senior partner and lived in the building with his family.

John Teakle, Lewes vet SUS-160604-124422001

John Teakle, Lewes vet SUS-160604-124422001

The practice, which was then known as Teakle, Rees, Rawlins and Lang and latterly Teakle and Partners, was an integral part of the Lewes community, caring for a range of animals from domestic pets to cattle markets. The practice also had duties caring for the horses at Lewes and Plumpton Racecourse.

Mr Teakle also lectured at Plumpton Agricultural College and did work for the Department of Agriculture.

His children Katie and William Teakle said: “Our father was of the old school, an honourable gentleman, and he loved his life in Lewes.”

Aside from work, Mr Teakle was a talented sportsman. He enjoyed cricket and tennis but particularly rugby. He played for Yeovil, Somerset and Gloucester before moving to Sussex, where he became vice-president of Lewes Rugby Club.

A spokesperson from the club said: “Older members will be saddened by the death of one of our most illustrious vice-presidents John Teakle.

“John took a keen, active and generous interest in the club for more than 60 years.”

He was also an artist, a bridge player and a member of Lewes Bowling Club.

His children added: “He had a lifelong passion for literature and poetry, art, architecture, horticulture, opera and theatre. Life was relished and enjoyed.

“Above all though, he was a kind, considerate gentleman.

“As a child, we spent happy summer days with him on his visits, listening to Radio 3. Each journey was a lesson in local history, geology and social development.”

A celebration to share his life will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at 11:30am at St John the Baptist, Southover.

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