1888 - 1968

John Rimmer

John Aloysius Rimmer, was born at Wallasey, Cheshire on 21 June 1888, eldest child of William Rimmer (1857-28 February 1929), steamship owner's clerk, and his wife Sarah Ann née McGrath (1862-1907), who married at West Derby, Lancashire in 1887. In 1901, a 12 year old, living at 2 Frost Street, West Derby, Lancashire with his parents, 44 year old William and 39 year old Sarah, with five siblings, Kathleen Mary 11, Dorothy Agnes 9, William Oswald 6, Daniel Henry 4 and newly born Frances Edith. His mother died in 1907 and in 1911 the family were still living at 2 Frost Street, when 22 year old John was an art student, with the addition of a 7 year old brother Robert Hugh. Young John Rimmer studied at Liverpool School of Art and was later assistant art master at the Central School of Art in London. He exhibited with the Stour Valley Group [q.v.] at 25 North Street, Sudbury, Suffolk in April 1922 two works 'Friars Street, Sudbury' and 'Market Hill'. He married at Sudbury on 29 March 1934, Dorothy Ida Hartington (23 August 1900-6/7 August 1975) of Sudbury, whom he met at one of his dancing classes and in 1939, an artist, painter & teacher, living at 19 Jubilee Road, Sudbury with his wife. A local Sudbury artist, dancing instructor, eccentric and celebrity, John was often seen on his bicycle around Sudbury and many local people possess his sketches and paintings. He had a collection of fossils and curios which he displayed above Wardman's shop on Market Hill, Sudbury. John died at Sudbury in 1968. One of his drawing/watercolours was sold at Reeman, Dansie at Colchester, Essex in 2013.

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