John Klaschka 1940 – 2011

On Thursday I attended the funeral of Cllr. Dr. John Klaschka. The little Parish Church of Kesgrave was packed with Family, Friends, Neighbours and his political colleagues on Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council, councilors and officers alike.

The opening reading was given by John’s fellow District Councillor Sally Ogden and was that lovely poem by Max Ehrmann ‘The Desiderata’ which is as relevent today as it was when he wrote in the 1920’s.  Both the Leader of Suffolk County Council Mark Bee and local MP Dan Poulter shared some of their memories of John and then his son Robert and stepson David spoke of their loving memories of their lives with him. As they spoke I pondered the many aspect of his life that I knew nothing about and how interesting it would have been to get an insight to some of the things he has done both as work and in his leisure time.

Today people set out their lives, their triumphs and occasional disasters on Facebook where in few minutes you can see just about everything someone has ever done. Yet with John it was always about what he wanted to do next, not what he had done or achieved which was considerable; I recall the week before he died we had a conversation at the group meeting about the work of Audit in the months ahead and some of the difficult subjects it was currently looking at.

His passion and belief in the usefulness of Audit to help the organisation move forward will remain in my mind as will his kindness to me as a new Councillor when I joined his Audit Committee and the time he generously gave to provide me with a better understanding of its role and of the organisation. I now sit on the Audit committee of Forest Heath District Council for the very reasons and values he instilled in me.

John had talked about his wife’s June’s illness and the difficulties they were both facing together; his ability to reflect on the tough times ahead was a true testament to his character. At the gathering after the funeral June spoke of her battle and how she would sadly be joining John soon, it struck me that by then Heaven will, if not already, have an Audit committee and John would be on it!

He took the role and responsibility of Councillor very seriously, yet could, for all that, laugh at the occasional political absurdity of it all.

The people of Suffolk have lost a true servant and somehow SCC will not quite be the same without him.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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