John passed away on 21st
John Edward Thaw was born into a working class family in West Gorton, Manchester, England on January 3rd, 1942. His formative years were difficult and trying to say the least; his mother having abandoned John when he was seven, he did not see her again for another 12 years. His father, a long-distance lorry driver, did his best to raise both John and his younger brother Raymond, but spent most of the time on the road and away from home, often leaving the brothers to fend for themselves or in the care of relatives. For a while John stacked potatoes in Manchester's Smithfield Market to help bring in an income for his family. As a teenager he held a number of menial jobs, including that of labourer and for a short time, baker.
It is not my intention to do a full and comprehensive story of John's Life but only to show his roots where in Gorton, Manchester. There are many great sites that cover his life in great detail. All you have to do is type his name into a search engine and there you will see a plethora of sites devoted to him, such the great actor he was. Manchester and Gorton in particular are proud of him.
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