GALLERY: Tribute paid to former Fen policeman

17:39 28 January 2014

Jon Lenton

Jon Lenton

Archant

Police formed a guard of honour today at the funeral of a well-known former officer who died aged 62 after battling leukaemia for 14 years.

Police form a guard of honour as the coffin is carried into the church, followed by relatives of Jon Lenton. Picture: ROB MORRISPolice form a guard of honour as the coffin is carried into the church, followed by relatives of Jon Lenton. Picture: ROB MORRIS

Jon Lenton, of Wimblington, died at Addenbrookes Hospital on January 16. The funeral was held at St Peter’s Church in March.

Mr Lenton began his Cambridgeshire Police career in the 70s at the age of 21. He was appointed the main village bobby for Manea and continued to work around the Fens, becoming a well-known face in both the policing and criminal community.

His widow Chrissy said: “He was a much loved character. People came to his funeral who he arrested over the years - that was the kind of man he was.

“He fought leukaemia four times and in the end it got the better of him but he was a very strong man, very kind and gentle and loved by many.”

Police form a guard of honour as the coffin is carried into the church, followed by relatives of Jon Lenton. Picture: ROB MORRISPolice form a guard of honour as the coffin is carried into the church, followed by relatives of Jon Lenton. Picture: ROB MORRIS

Mr Lenton began his working life in Dixons and then a camera shop in Croydon before moving to Cambridgeshire to begin a career in the police force.

On retiring he took on a job as the delivery driver with the former flower shop, Fleurtations, in Fenland Walk, March, and worked as an undertaker at George James funeral directors in town.

He loved his hobby of fishing and photography and enjoyed cooking, often making up his own recipes as he went along.

He leaves a daughter Georgia Whymark and stepchildren Matt Lenton, Steve Impey, Tracey Palmer and eight grandchildren.

2 comments

  • Was a truly respected police officer in Manea and will be sadly missed. Thinking of all the family - it was a pleasure to know Jon

    Report this comment

    Tracey Fyson

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • This was the man who started my career. Wise and always calm even when the situation wasn't. My most deepest sympathy to all he left behind. Rest in Peace John you will be missed

    Report this comment

    Paul Rayner

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

More news stories

Yesterday, 17:01
2013: Fields End Water Doddington, new deluxe self catering lodges. official opening by Steve Barclay MP. The site's owners say they will use profits from a housing development to fund the park's expansion.

NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay has thrown his weight behind a businessman’s proposal to build 10 homes that planners say will result in “an incremental erosion of the countryside”.

Yesterday, 17:13
Darcie Tegerdine had her head shaved to raised funds for charity.

A community-minded cadet from Whittlesey who went as far as having her head shaved for charity has picked up a prestigious award.

Yesterday, 16:45
Breathalyser.

Revellers may be forced to take a breath test to get into pubs and nightclubs as part of a pilot scheme to combat binge drinking.

Yesterday, 16:22
Bonnets and bunny egg-stravaganza parade at Park Lane Primary School, Whittlesey.Picture: Steve Williams.

Pupils donned their most spectacular headwear for their school’s Easter bonnet parade.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition today E-edition