1935 - 2014

John was born in Maidstone on 7th July 1935, and at the age of 15 he left school to commence an apprenticeship with the British Institute of Photographers. Photography remained an interest for the rest of his life, it also provided him with work.

He then completed his National Service, based in the RAF in Rutland where he was a Technical Records Photographer, mainly recording crashed aircraft and damaged parts. Leaving the RAF he found a job working for a general photography studio in Newmarket and it was here that he met Mary who would be his future wife. She was a journalist working locally and they were married at Yaxley near Peterborough in 1961.

After leaving Newmarket other photography jobs followed, first at BOC in Cricklewood and then AEI at Rugby. Both of these jobs were based around various heavy industries. His next move brought him to Sussex and the job of Chief Photographer at the newly created University of Sussex. John and Mary then had two children and settled into family life.

In 1970 he left the University of Sussex and took on a role at Darius Photography in Coulsdon. His last job move was to set up his own studio, which fulfilled a long held dream. He continued running this until retiring in the early 1990s. By now he and Mary were living in Steyning and this is where he learnt to ring, becoming a member of the Sussex County Association in 1993.

Steyning Bells card John made steady progress with his ringing and was recently attempting to master Cambridge Minor. In his ringing career he rang three peals and numerous quarters. He enjoyed visiting new towers and was a regular at District meetings. Perhaps the one thing that has made his name more well known was when his interest in ringing and photography combined. His picture of Steyning bells has been used as a jigsaw, and it featured in the ‘Inspired by Bells’ exhibition held as part of The Ringing World Centenary. In addition for the last two years the photo has featured as one of The Ringing World Christmas card designs.

Over the last few years John hadn’t been enjoying the best of health. His wife, Mary, died earlier in the year and although with the help of family and friends he managed to remain at home, his health steadily declined and he passed away on 31st October 2014.



Steyning, Sussex. 16 November, 1260 Grandsire Triples: Sue Gadd 1, Ronnie Stillwell 2, Kathy Howard 3, Chris Burnett 4, Emma Gadd 5, David Kirkcaldy (cond) 6, Steve Lucas 7, Ben Staines 8. Rung in memory of John Carter, local ringer, who died recently and whose funeral was last Friday.

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