We would also like to share some memories of Jan that have kindly been provided by two of his former Fleet Management Division colleagues, David Elves and John Duffy:
"Jan was an old school engineering superintendent. Prior to moving across to OCL he had served as a Chief Engineer with one of the founding companies. He kept very tight control of his ships, seeming to operate within budget most of the time! His ships typically ran better than others of the same class but he wasn't one for using computers in general and FMD's CMS system in particular, preferring to use the phone ('If I want to know anything I'll ask the Chief!')."
"Jan enjoyed life to the full, and there are many recollections of mammoth lunches with him. There were also some memorable visits to ships in Genoa with stays in the Hotel Savoia Majestic where he and his companions were literally treated as royalty, eating and drinking accordingly! Jan knew the manager well and always seemed to get a room overlooking the Piazza. One story often told was how one member of the team wasn't keen on the room he had been allocated, and when Jan passed this on immediate action was taken with a couple of hotel staff arriving to move him to a room more suitable to a companion of Mr Woodbridge! "
"Jan and his wife Barbara lived in Stock, a village in Essex near Chelmsford. There they hosted annual gatherings with friends and colleagues from FMD. "
"Jan was also a keen car enthusiast, and at various stages owned a Scimitar GTE, an MGB and a Porsche 944." (Jan was also at one point the owner of an Austin Frogeye Sprite)
Our deepest sympathies go to Jan's family and friends. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.