John Llewellyn Hunkin FCA FTII (OH 1934- 1939)
John Hunkin died on January 2nd 2013 in his 90th year. John was born in Neath, West Glamorgan and gained a scholarship to attend Hereford Cathedral School as a boarder in 1934. On leaving school in 1939, he trained in accountancy and was articled at Jennings and Watkins in Neath. This training was interrupted when John joined the army for National Service. Gaining the rank of Captain, he served both at home and abroad, and was stationed in Norway, Singapore and Japan where he was involved in clearing up after the devastation created in Nagasaki. After National Service, John returned to Neath to complete his articles, qualifying as an accountant in 1950.

In his career as an accountant, John became a partner in Jennings and Watkins, and subsequently a senior partner in Watkins, Bradfield and Company where he remained until his retirement in 1988. He was a well-respected member of the accountancy profession and served as Secretary of the Swansea and South Wales District Society of Incorporated Accountants, President of the South Wales Society of Chartered Accountants (1982) and spent many years on committees of the Institute of Chartered Acountants in England and Wales.

John brought his financial expertise to his local church, St David’s in Neath, where he was Parish Treasurer for 12 years. Following this period, he demonstrated his commitment to the church serving as Rector’s Warden and Church Treasurer for many years.

Outside of his work, John had a keen interest in swimming. He made a major contribution to swimming in Wales, serving as President of Neath Swimming Club for more than 40 years and President of the West Wales Swimming Association for almost 40 years. He also served as President of the Welsh Swimming Association (1975) and Chairman of the British Swimming Federation (1979).

John showed tremendous commitment to all activities in which he was involved. He was also very proud of his family. He leaves behind his widow, Joce, three children, ten grandchildren and an increasing number of great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed.

Writes Joyce Hunkin
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