Arthur Spikins. St. John’s legend and devoted husband of the late Betty. Much loved father and grandfather. Deeply committed Christian, lay reader for over 60 years, Brentford FC aficionado, apple-pie maker extraordinaire, loyal Times reader, skilful gardener, long serving school leader and never afraid to speak his mind.
We first met Arthur when we moved to Isleworth over 16 years ago and a number of our church family knew Arthur and Betty for many more years than that. He went out of his way to make Richard and I feel so welcome. As our girls, Ruby, Daisy and Nancy came along, he took an interest in them growing up. In 2009 Arthur was thrilled that in the absence of a vicar during a long interregnum, he could baptise Nancy. I also remember him taking the time to introduce new mums to each other at Toddler Church. A small but wonderful gesture. Arthur was also adamant about getting you to go round to the Hall to coffee after the service, and rightly saw this as a vital part of our ministry at St. John’s.
In the last year we have been taking Arthur to and from Atfield House each Sunday morning. St. John’s was a huge part of his life and a part that he did not let go until two weeks ago, when his health began to suffer. Those 15 minutes when I pushed Arthur up and down the road were rather precious. I had some of the most purposeful conversations I have ever had, on those mini journeys. Whether about being a school leader, or about family life and ever so occasionally about the overrunning of the vicar’s sermon; “15 minutes is more than enough.” Arthur grew very fond of his Sunday dinner at Atfield and was most eager about being back for midday. He would often signal ‘Let’s go now’ to Richard or myself, from the back pew with his stick. Arthur we will always remember you and your dedicated love and stewardship to St. John’s. We know that your wish to be reunited with Betty in the kingdom of God has now been granted.
The Ardron family