It is with great sadness I announce that John Lowe has died. I am just writing this blog to inform others and the future of the Manchester Meets. Matworker will take over Grapevine again. OWG to be announced... Fight Finder meets will carry on as normal.

From the moment I stepped on the gay wrestling scene five or so years ago. He was quick to welcome me in, and lend me his ears (they were big enough!). We kept in touch regularly, and I will remember John as a strong witty wrestler, humorous guy with a caring heart. A large gap to this wrestling fraternity.

He always told me he will wrestle and organise meets until it kills him. I like a man who keeps a promise. Well done John, good man.

Please share your memories of John. They will be passed onto his family.

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Twister81 (5) 2/15/2019 2:07 AM

I met John a number of times.... He was a genuinely sincere and nice fella. He had some matches with me and gedlutte in his home and took me to a meet in Manchester..... Does anyone know when he is having the funeral?

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Shapeshifter (12) 2/15/2019 2:11 AM

So sad to hear of his passing. Best wishes to everyone who knew him.

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Steeleyes1 (39 ) 2/15/2019 2:30 AM

My very 1st Manchester Meet 2.5 years ago.I was dragged there by Imtiaz.John joked to Imtiaz that he had never wrestled a block of concrete before, meaning me.I had lots of chats and was given lots of advice and gossip by John.I often had him stitches( pun intended)RIP mate,from Joe

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Steeleyes1 (39 ) 2/21/2019 2:44 PM

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John recently hoped that someone would take over his meets whilst he was ill ( or worse)like he had done for Matworker.

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Tanker (211) 2/15/2019 4:51 AM

Very sad to hear this. Poor John, he was one of life's givers. Thanks for letting us know Imran.

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BoyToy Wunderkind (72 ) 2/15/2019 4:56 AM

Deepest condolences, always sad to lose another member of our community.

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nicky7 (40) 2/15/2019 5:27 AM

I'm sorry to hear such sad news. He sounded like a great man and my condolences to his family here and in his life

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Sir David (44) 2/15/2019 6:24 AM

So sad to hear of this. I only ever met John the once but I echo what everyone says.
He was a very friendly outgoing person and willing to help anyone. Is going to be missed deeply by all.
God bless.

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Lomandlad42 (145) 2/15/2019 7:28 AM

So sad to hear this . John was one of my first meets back when I started wrestling. Having had a good few matches with him and getting to know John socially he became a good friend. I can honestly say he was one of the most sincere, genuine straightforward guys I’ve had to pleasure to meet. My thoughts are with family and friends at this sad time. A true gentleman and a real loss to our community.
Jay x

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Merseywrestle (69 ) 2/15/2019 7:50 AM

I knew John for a long time first met him through a mutual friend, we hit off straight away two eccentrics with a love of wrestling. A good honest man, great wrestler and it will be strange not to have our chats on the phone or meet on his mats. RIP my mate.

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Warkscub (90) 2/15/2019 8:02 AM

Had a number of fun wrestles with John and spent quite some time chatting. Was always welcoming from day 1 and even though he had a great "grumpy guy" persona sometimes we had some great laughs.
R.I.P John, you will be missed my friend.

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Ironbull (103) 2/15/2019 8:14 AM

RIP John. A gent, a friend to many of us and a major contributor to our community

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ShockR (70 ) 2/15/2019 8:57 AM

Lovely words ImtiazAli. Although I never actually met John I feel that I did know him through the wrestling community. He will be missed. Condolences to his family and friends at this time. RIP John

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andy (109) 2/15/2019 9:45 AM

I first met John nearly 7 years ago at one the o.w.g events and we hit off straight away.we had some great matches and we also used too wind each other up joking of course.my deepest condolences go to his family.i am going too miss you my friend.R.i.p John.

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DraigGoch (11 ) 2/15/2019 10:27 AM

As I had said previously I had only met John once on my first visit to Manchester...I knew immediately that he was a great guy and I still thank him for the hospitality that he showed me after the event...
You will be in everybody's thoughts for a long, long time...

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Squashlad (282) 2/15/2019 10:51 AM

A big loss to us all. John was always a friendly and hospitable man, keen to share his love of wrestling and to ensure that all who came to his meets felt welcomed and included and encouraged to meet and wrestle everyone else. A stickler for a fair go and a community approach to our great sport. My condolences to his family and to all his many other friends. RIP John. Like Jacob, wrestling with the angel.

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oldscrapperderby (150) 2/15/2019 11:24 AM

John was a great guy , we had been mates for about 6 years, we were the same size and within 3 weeks of being the same age, we met many many times and with both of us being ex truckers we chatted for hours about all sorts of things, we had many matches and did video's and found it funny when twice someone said they thought we were brothers. He was a most welcoming guy and got many new guys started with their first meet , He was strict when running the group meets and wouldn't suffer fools lightly , which made him popular with everyone , he did so much for our wrestling community , and will be very much missed .
And when we hear thunder from the sky , we will know it's really John , wrestling in heaven .

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NorthantsBloke (8) 2/15/2019 11:43 AM

I only met this true gent once years ago. He was a kind thoughtful and gracious host, and nothing was too much trouble. I still have a pair of trunks he gave me as a trophy for making him tap. So sorry to hear of his passing. He enriched the lives of all who knew him. I send my best wishes and thoughts to his friends and family at this very sad time.

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readyforit (112) 2/15/2019 12:13 PM

Thank you ImtiazAli for letting us know of John's demise. John's dedication to organising meets and to wrestling were evident. As were his grappling skills. I remember him as lovely, quiet and shy man who, as ImtiazAli's gentle and humorous line goes, lived his passion to the very end.

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ardeeboy (1) 2/15/2019 12:31 PM

rip fellow wrestler

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notcom (24 ) 2/15/2019 1:10 PM

John,

Thank you for the first time we met and the reminder that, despite difference in size, two wrestlers can still enjoy a good match. Great leglocks ;)
Thank you for giving us all a safe, welcoming and friendly space to wrestle.
And thank you for helping to make so many people happier by realising their dreams.
You lived your life being you and what a terrific legacy you have left us.
Thank you once again John.
Now, go get in that ring up there mate :)
Seconds out...

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MancPT (13) 2/15/2019 1:32 PM

Was lucky to have a meet with John at his home. He was a lovely guy who enjoyed passing on his knowledge of wrestling whilst talking the hind leg of a donkey. I also blame him for introducing me to my Partner. Thank you for everything John. You will be much missed. Love from us both. Xx

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matworker (112) 2/15/2019 1:49 PM

John was a very good friend and a great ambassador to the wrestling community.
He was eager to host the Open Wrestling Group events when the opportunity arose and stepped in to host my events when I wasn't able to.

He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

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Chrisleechaos (4) 2/15/2019 2:41 PM

Lost a really great guy/ friend yesterday,had some great matches at his meets in Manchester, and with him too,and let me stay over at his house many times,so generous and kind,RIP John Lowe 1953-2019

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active (0) 2/15/2019 3:30 PM

Never knew him but my thoughts and prayers are with his family also his wrestling family.
God speed John on your way to the great mats in the sky.

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MONSTA (42) 2/15/2019 3:59 PM

Great wrestler and a brilliant friend over the decades. As a youngster getting on a train at Euston station to go and meet a complete stranger who said he’d teach me wrestling. Met a St Helens station where he picked me up and took me to his home in Parr Stocks Road. Over the years met loads of great wrestlers who became greater friends through knowing John. Always thought I could teach the Master a few things but more than often was taught a lesson to respect my elder.
So sorry that he’s gone but know that he’ll be waiting for us in that Squared circle on the other side.

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Celticmuscle (126) 2/15/2019 5:32 PM

May he rest in peace!

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Torrnado (143) 2/15/2019 8:07 PM

I am very sorry to hear of John's passing. Thank you ImtiazAli for posting this sad news.
I met John 3 years ago and found him to be a friendly, hospitable guy who loved his wrestling with a passion. Over the intervening years we wrestled on many occasions either at Pippas or on his mats at his home in St. Helens. He was a most welcoming and giving host.
A skilled wrestler and tireless organiser of the Manchester OWG meets, he will be sorely missed.

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mikeswuk (231 ) 2/15/2019 10:52 PM

John and I met regularly at his owg sessions, and would chat until the cows came home. Sometimes he would be so busy making sure things ran smoothly that he would end up not rolling himself. I'll miss him

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Glasgow1971 (31) 2/16/2019 6:29 AM

Sad times for the wrestling community, he was such a lovely guy and will be a big miss.
Goodnight God bless John

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Kusthipatu (6 ) 2/16/2019 8:23 AM

RIP.
soul Rest in peace.

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Wrestle in london (18) 2/16/2019 9:03 AM

I never met John but seeing this outpouring of love shows what a wonderful person he was. The fact the each and every person who met him speaks so highly shows his character. It’s sad but I’m sure he would like that he has united people and brought the community he loved so much together.

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Churd (98 ) 2/16/2019 12:47 PM

I looked at John's profile this morning and was very pleased to see how many guys we had in common. He was one of a handful of people who gave tirelessly to our wrestling community.

Whilst he may have gone the legacy of all his effort will remain with all of those who met him and knew him.

To echo the words of Mark, "So sorry that he’s gone but know that he’ll be waiting for us in that Squared circle on the other side."

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walsallgoodguy (101) 2/16/2019 1:44 PM

Met John years ago now,and wrested him on numerous occasions,always gave me a beating in the ring,loved his meets as he organized them so well, let me stay overnight at his house many times so generous and kind,will be sadly missed Roger xxx

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Mat74 (128) 2/16/2019 3:59 PM

I remember John. I met him during my last visits in Manchester. I share my sadness with all knew him and with his family. I pray for him.

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mackemsub (106) 2/16/2019 4:14 PM

RIP John

lovely bloke who was friendly off the mats wnd not frightened to take on much bigger lads on the mats.

gave a lot of pleasure to many on here through the organised meets.

will always be remembered

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ukpitbull (41) 2/16/2019 5:05 PM

A great guy who i met on the mats a few times, superb personality and very encouraging and supportive, will miss him a lot , he was one of the sports top blokes, sleep well my dear friend, never forget the good times shared

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WelshWarriorGaz (11) 2/16/2019 9:44 PM

I met John at one of my first WWW events. Me and John had a tag match against Ripper Roger and Rob England in Manchester. I'm sure there was lots of cheating going on. The guys were very understanding that I'm new to wrestling. Even though the match was stopped, i remember we all declared it a draw. R.I.P. John

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Jotakle (20 ) 2/17/2019 12:13 AM

I only met and wrestled John once, although afterwards we did keep in touch from time to time.
A true gentleman, lovely caring bloke and an experienced wrestler who kicked my arse!
Rest in peace John

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Sam London (49) 2/18/2019 1:11 AM

Very sad news, I remember how welcoming he was when I visited Manchester.

Please message me if someone is organising flowers or cards.

Sam

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Easywrestler (5 ) 2/18/2019 5:18 PM

I knew John for about a couple of years, as he worked for GBW, he always gave 100% in all his matches and let me stay at his place on number of occasions he was a great guy and a friend

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Easywrestler (5 ) 2/18/2019 8:10 PM

This is a special dedication video to JOHN LOWE

RIP JOHN LOWE. 1953----2019

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readyforit (112) 2/18/2019 8:46 PM

What a great way to remember John. Such a sweet man and so mean on the mats ;-)
Thank you Easywrestler for compiling this video.

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The Undertaker (17 ) 2/19/2019 12:47 AM

Met up with John a few times and was always a gentleman and very kind and made me feel very welcoming. Was a very good wrestler. R.I.P John

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bentleyboyuk (39) 2/21/2019 1:12 PM

Like all the previous comments, John gave so much to our community and will be sorely missed by so many. You leave us with memories of good times past. RIP dear friend.

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chrissieboy (0) 2/21/2019 1:16 PM

So sorry to hear of this sad loss of this great guy, he will be truly missed.

Does anyone know of the funeral arrangements?

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davey123 (65) 2/22/2019 12:09 PM

I now wish that I had taken the opportunity of getting to know John better. Though we never wrestled I had the great pleasure of chatting with John at some length during meets at Pippas’s in Manchester. He certainly had a rare gift of making everyone feel easy and warmly welcome. There was that slightly wicked humour but also sincere concern for others. He understood us as wrestlers, and organised meets with scrupulous attention to details. If things were not right, he took note, minded, and set about putting whatever it was right. I hugely appreciated the time and effort he put in to making wrestling available and good quality. I’m sure he will be much missed by all who knew him, including me. Thank you, John for your devotion, enthusiasm and integrity.

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ImtiazAli (198) 2/22/2019 12:31 PM

John's funeral will be on Monday 4th March, 9am at St. Helens Crematorium.

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rogerman (0) 2/22/2019 4:48 PM

I photographed John a couple of times at Pippas. He was a kind lovely man.sadly missed but the photos remind me of a lovely human being x Please log in to view gallery photos.

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Tynesider (84) 2/28/2019 6:30 PM

I'm so sorry to hear of John's death.

He put a massive amount of time, effort and money into organising the OWG meets in Manchester. He was a nice, genuine man and probably the only person with worse handwriting than mine.

We have lost one of the brightest stars of the northern wrestling scene.

RIP John

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jobber4all (28) 3/01/2019 1:14 AM

John was an all round good guy,always happy to talk (for hours sometimes)He was the perfect host & his patience with me was appreciated.John was a legend here on MF everyone either knew him or had heard great things about him & no one had a bad word to say about him. Our last conversation was all about wrestling & his plans for me on the mats. Thinking of u always John.
Happy memories

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ShockR (70 ) 2/23/2020 3:58 PM

Happy Birthday John, hope you are watching all our matches from heaven refereeing ❤️

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walsallgoodguy (101) 2/23/2020 5:32 PM

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I'm sure he his, and saying your all too old for this game

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Merseywrestle (69 ) 2/23/2020 4:12 PM

It was weird I nearly put a birthday message on his Facebook page it is still running, but wished him one instead. I miss our Sunday chats on the phone. I am sure he is chatting to all the wrestling greats gone before us.

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ImtiazAli (198) 2/23/2020 11:47 PM

That's very sweet guys. I miss him too greatly, and often think about him. Miss our helpful chats - happy birthday John.

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