RIP John Philpott

philpottIt is with great sadness that we have to pass on the news that John Philpott has died. John was a mainstay of the English Chess Federation for a very long time, and was a unique and irreplaceable friend to us all. We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to John’s family, friends and many, many colleagues, particularly everyone at Essex Chess …

John’s funeral has been confirmed as taking place at 11.30am on the 8th November, at West Mersea Parish Church. The family has requested no flowers, but donations can be made to either the Lifeboats Association or the Essex Air Ambulance Service.

Anyone who knew John is welcome to attend, and should inform Mrs Philpott at

From Robin and Alex Philpott —
John Philpott passed away unexpectedly this week.

The alarm was raised after he failed to meet up for West Ham vs Crystal Palace, followed by Steel Panther, on Saturday afternoon. Shortly thereafter, he was discovered by a neighbour on his bathroom floor, where it is suspected he suffered a fatal heart attack.

This has been a devastating shock to his boys, family and everyone who knew him.

John was extremely popular within the world of Insurance, where he was an authoritative and knowledgeable figure. He used his accountancy super powers to help others, volunteering with numerous charities, acting as treasurer of the William Morris Gallery, and within the English Chess Federation, serving as financial comptroller & company secretary simultaneously.

Under his captaincy the Essex U175 chess team went on to win numerous championships. John’s dedication to the team went above and beyond the role, as with everything he did in life – his services to chess from community to team level saw him awarded Honorary Life Vice President of the ECF in 2007, and recognised for services to chess in 2014.

Upon his retirement, John moved to Mersea Island and became a beloved and involved member of the community, participating in the local choirs, Vocalise, and singing group Lost Direction, to name just a few.

John never clamoured for fame or attention – his passion was honest, natural, and for the most part he was the unsung hero, going out his way for others without thought for himself.