P O John to be Laid to Rest Tomorrow

The mortal remains of P O John,81, vice-president of the Kerala Table Tennis Association and a former Basketball Referees

Published: 18th December 2015 03:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th December 2015 03:47 AM   |  A+A-

TIRUVALLA:The mortal remains of P O John,81, vice-president of the Kerala Table Tennis Association and a former Basketball Referees Board secretary, who died at his residence in Kizhakenmuthoor near here on Wednesday, will be laid to rest on Saturday. The funeral will be held at the Sehion Marthoma Church at 12 noon.  John had retired as the physical education department head of Titus II Teachers’ Training College here. His activities gave a fillip to grassroot development of basketball in Tiruvalla, serving as a coach, referee and an organiser.

 A keen promoter of basketball, he was the backbone in popularising basketball in the 1960s alongside the likes of C S Abraham, P S Viswappan, Kochappan, P C Thomas and Thomas J Fen. There were very few tournaments at that time, with the Marthoma Trophy inter-collegiate basketball tournament being one of them. John was the chief organiser of the famous tournament, which regularly attracted massive crowd during the time. On several occasions, he had also served as the manager and selector of Kerala and Mahatma Gandhi universities.   Also passionate about music, he had formed a choral society called Male Voice and Choral Society and was serving as its president.

 He was the founder-member of Tiruvalla YMCA, serving as the president and the chairman for sports and games several times. He was also the first president of Tiruvalla Sports Coaching Centre, apart from playing a leading role in staging several other important competitions including the Ranji Trophy.

 John is survived by son Dr Oommen John. His wife Rachel John and daughter Shereen Ajith had predeceased him. 


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp