Passing of Dr. Jonathan Sherwood
Posted November 6, 2008.
It is with shock and sadness today that I learned from my research colleague in U.K. Paul Vigay, the
passing of Dr. John Sherwood on October 31, 2008. Few details are known at this time but it is known
that he suffered a rare kind of stroke from which he did not recover. My sincere and deepest sympathy
goes to his wife Rachel and children.
November 6, 2008 - 6.0 PM Eastern US.
I just received this e-mail from Rachel Sherwood:
It is with great saddness that I let you know that Jonathan Passed away on the 31st of October, 2008.
He became ill suddenly two days earlier with a rare type of stroke. He lost consciousness and
remained that way and passed away peacefully at Salisbury hospital.
We are holding a funeral for him on Thursday the 13th of November at 10.45am at the West Wiltshire
Crematorium at Semington.
I have put a posting up on both our cropcirclexplorer website and our rajon website on the blogs. As
Jonathan did all our website design I will have to study that before I can put something up on the main
Please do accept Synthia and my deepest condolences for your shocking loss. Our hearts go out to
you and your children. This has come as a sudden shock and leaves me short of words at this
moment, but I want you to know that John was respected by me and enjoyed for his brave stance in a
narrow minded world and also for his light hearted nature. I very much respected the work you have
both done and for what I know you have been through as a team and as best friends.
I am at your service if there is anything I can do to help you and the family from here.
Living in the USA, I am unfortunately not able to attend the service and show my respect for which I am
With much sorrow and thanks for thinking to inform me during this difficult time.
A meeting Jon and I had with the farmers wife, Ratchel Hosier near Stonehenge during the
summer of 2002. We were both interested to hear from her that crop circles had appeared in
these fields since the 1960's - a full twenty years before hoaxers Doug and Dave.
Copyright Colin Andrews 2002
I first met Jon around fifteen years ago at A Whole Life Expo in Seattle, where we were both
presenting. He took me up on my suggestion of getting involved in the crop circles research. Read
his conclusions on his own web site: mail.rajon.com/html/conclusion.html
Jon had things to say about 2012 for which Synthia and I also concurred. Indeed we set about writing
our 2012 book in the light of a positive future and not the end times, which was also his view of the
cycle coming. You can read the dedication and mention of his views on this matter in a touching
dedication on his blog, written by Rachel ( http://rajon.com/blog1/ ) and at the top of this page.
He contributed a to my 'Letters' section in August this year.
From my friend and singer Kerry McKenna
As some of you know I had a nik name for Jon, 'Boomerang' and I believe that one day he
will come back in another life. I hope that you can make it to the funeral?
Kerry and Tom
Below is an appropriate tribute to our mutual colleague - A song written and sung by Kerry.
The following is an annoucment of Jonathans Passing away and funeral details, please do
pass on to anyone who knew him.
Rachel Sherwood and Family.
It is with great saddness that we inform you of the passing away of Jonathan Sherwood,
informally known as drjohn, on the 31st of October 2008. He became ill suddenly on the
29th of October from a rare type of stroke, and passed away peacefully two days later.
Jonathan was 56. He was and always will be much loved and greatly missed by his wife
Rachel and boys James and Sam. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. I am
sure this will come as a great shock to all who knew him as it has to us.
The funeral of Jonathan Sherwood will be held on Thursday the 13th of November at
10.45 am at the West Wiltshire Crematorium, Devizes Road, Semington, Near
Trowbridge, Wiltshire. BA14 6HL. England.
Flowers or donations if desired in memory of Jonathan are for the Wiltshire Air
Ambulance c/o John Stuart Funeral Service Limited, Castle Farm, Hillworth Rd,
Devizes. SN10 5HD. Tel: 01380 723883.
|Please do view the video below.
The song is written and performed by my friend, singer 'Kerry McKenna'.
Tribute to Jonathan Sherwood written by and read out at his funeral by
his wife Rachel:
Jonathan Sherwood, or dr.john as many knew him, was truly a remarkable man. He was a warm and
kind and gentle man. He was a loving supportive husband and best friend, and a dedicated, helpful
and loving father who provided lots of fun and laughter. He generally had a very helpful nature to
people of all walks of life that he encountered. He was a worldly man having been born in England
and his family migrating to New Zealand when he was 11, and then on to Australia, and having
travelled widely throughout his life. He embraced the native cultures of those countries, and others,
and had great respect for their people, their knowledge and beliefs. His recognition and studies of
ancient civilisations became the foundation for much of his life’s work and research; with a strong
focus on ancient Egypt - where he helped the authorities with numerous discoveries. He specialised in
ancient knowledge, technologies and spirituality, as well as physics and mathematics. His research
led him to develop a range of natural healing therapies that he applied to help thousands of people all
over the world, and he also taught others how to do the same. He maintained a very down to earth
realistic approach to his work which partly came from his early Background in navel medicine and
research during his time served with the New Zealand Navel Forces; this also was the beginning of his
love for the ocean - which is where he would like his ashes sprinkled. He was a deeply spiritual and
philosophical man, and shared those teachings with many groups and individuals throughout his life,
and also wrote numerous books on those subjects and others. The roots of these perspectives
undoubtedly came from time spent with his father who was an agricultural representative and a
freemason, and who had a great influence upon his life. His father also passed away young at the age
of 45. His mother, who passed away this year, also had a positive influence on his life in that she was
very open minded, kind, and intuitive. Jonathan also had these natural abilities and harnessed them in
many creative areas. He was a gifted writer, artist, teacher, healer, sensitive, channel and actor. With
all of these talents he was seen by others to be a unique and special person who was always full of
ideas. No matter how much he embraced his potential and helped others to do the same he always
kept his feet on the ground and saw himself as the same as everyone else, and was a true believer in
equality. He greatly enjoyed life and showed enthusiasm for all that he was involved in, his philosophy
was to do things 100% or not at all. He had great strength of mind and great energy and great
knowledge; making him the richest man I have k n own. He believed that richness was not a material
quality; as that has no substance - as when you die you cannot take it with you. He believed what you
can take with you is the knowledge that you have gained in this life and all that you are - through the
sum of your experiences. So he never allowed himself to be tied down by material assets. This attitude
kept him free spirited and open minded in his research to reach beyond where others could. One
fellow researcher said he was respected by him for his brave stance in a narrow minded world, and
also for his light hearted nature. He was a man greatly ahead of his time, and he will be dearly missed
by many whose lives he has touched. I know this will not be the end of a great life’s work, just like
other great men before him; the seeds he has sown will grow.
Jonathan has made many friends through his life and positively influenced many people. He life has
not all been serious though, he was a man who knew how to have fun and enjoyed making people
laugh, and see the lighter side of life. As an actor on stage he played many roles, and many of them
were fun and some outright hilarious. He played the bumbling ”Inspector Prat” in the Inspector
Clouseau /Agatha Christie spoof “Murdered to Death” on the Gold Coast in Australia, and had the
audience in stitches. He dressed up in outrageous costumes for the Christmas pantomime “Puss in
Thongs” singing songs and cracking jokes. He loved the stage and had been acting on stage part
time for most of his life with many lead roles. He loved the magic of the theatre and how it could
provide an escape for people from their troubles in life. He also loved the energy of it and found it a
great way to creatively express himself. He was held in high regard and many felt lucky to have
worked with him. The actors he worked with have said: they will always remember the fun and great
times they had acting with him on stage, and that Jonathan was very dear to them, and he will be
remembered with much fondness & happiness. As William Shakespear once said : “All the world‘s a
stage, all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and entrances; and one man in
time plays many parts, his act being seven ages”. Though Jonathan always said “it’s not the age – it’s
the mileage”, however he certainly did play many parts, and I think those who knew him well could
definitely say his life was a fine performance.
Jonathan was also a Science Fiction fan; he enjoyed watching Star Trek, Babylon 5, Andromeda and
Dr. Who to name a few. His mind was open to endless possibilities, he was universal. He had wisdom
and knowledge beyond his physical years and many felt him to be an incredibly “dynamic life”. One
affectionately called him “boomerang” and felt some day he will be back. I believe death is but a new
beginning, as did Jonathan, to a more expansive, unlimited existence. In the spirit of Dr. Who,”
Jonathan; you were my doctor”. You said to me “If I go first, I’ll be waiting, and when we meet up again
we can travel the universe together”. Well, until then my love, I know you will pop in and see us from
time to time, and you will always be in our thoughts.
February 26, 2009 - A Wonderful Special Tribute Page by Rachel: HERE
Copyright: Rachel Sherwood
Copyright: Rachel Sherwood