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John Hopkins (Jack) Sweeney: 1930-2016 (1949, Modern & Medieval Languages)

John Hopkins (Jack) Sweeney died peacefully in his sleep on Friday 14th May 2016 in Liverpool and was surrounded by family until the end.

He read French and Spanish between 1949 and 1952. His time at Trinity Hall was a defining period in his life and his association with the College a source of great pride. He regularly attended reunions and enjoyed meeting up with old friends.

On graduating, Jack’s national service was spent learning Russian for the intelligence services. Thereafter, his professional life was mostly spent teaching languages at The Liverpool Institute grammar school, where he himself had studied. He greatly influenced many lives and careers and is remembered with affection by old boys from across the world who have paid tribute to his unique, humour-filled teaching and strong academic influence. Meanwhile, in his personal life he was known as a bon viveur, wit, raconteur and great friend.

Jack will be hugely missed by his family and network of friends from far and wide.

Written by Jack's nephew, Michael Williams.

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