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John Haddick, age 86, of Edina, MO,ex Royal Air Force and London MetropolitanPolice Officer after a short illness died Thursday, August 4, 2011, at Ethicus Hospital Grapevine, Texas.He was born November 18, 1924, in Cappawhite County, Tipperary, Ireland.

He was united in marriage to Mary Teresa Barry September 5, 1951, in Liverpool, England and she preceded him in death on June 29, 1952. To this union one daughter was born.

On July 17, 1958, in Cappawhite, County Tipperary Ireland, he was united in marriage to Bernadine Cecilia Schlepphorst and she preceded him in death on November 4, 2008.

John was also preceded in death by his parents, Edward Haddick and Josephine O’Brien Haddick, one granddaughter Angela Krahn, seven brothers and sisters, Thomas, Edward and William Haddick, Josephine Mullins, Sister Celestine Haddick, Alyce Haddick, Jeanie Haddick-Flynn and one nephew Peter Downey of Liverpool, England.

Surviving are one daughter Mary T. Butler and husband Virgil (Sonny) of Trophy Club, TX, nephews Kevin Haddick-Flynn of London, England, Stephen John Downey of Liverpool, England, Brendan Downey of Hastings, England, and Eamonn Mullins of Dublin, Ireland, nieces, Monica, Geraldine and Dolores Mullins of Windsor, England, Josephine O’Sullivan of Cork City, Ireland, Margaret O’Shea of Cork City Ireland, Marie O’Sullivan of Dublin, Ireland, niece and god daughter Mary Carmel Downey of Liverpool, England and Celestine Nae Mullins Crutchfield of Boston, MA

“To a wide circle of friends in two continents the name John Haddick is one to conjure with. His background, career and attainments were altogether rare. Born in the Twenties in the Emerald Isle, he came from a family which embraced both of that country’s historic traditions – the Orange and the Green. His mother was from a family of strong nationalist sympathies and played a part in the country’s struggle for independence. In contrast, his father’s family was of old Unionist stock, which had settled in Ireland during the 16th century plantations. But the twain did meet, married happily, and produced a strong and healthy family of which John was eighth sibling and youngest child.

His career was a diverse as his background. A fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain in 1940, he was one of those to whom Winston Churchill referred when he memorably said: “never in the course of history did so many owe so much too so few”. He later fought under General Slim in the Burma Campaign and was to the fore in the famous “Operation Dracula” – when the British forces successfully attacked the Japanese garrison at Rangoon.

At the war’s end, when back in civilian life, John soon hankered to be back in uniform again. This time, he became a member of the London Metropolitan Police and acted as an Inspector of the force (Scotland Yard) when placed on special guard duty during the Royal Wedding of 1948. This was when the present Queen of England, then the Princess Elizabeth, married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. But John was restless and the famous “Met” was not big enough to hold him. In the succeeding years he held a variety of positions in the corporate world and on coming to the U.S. in the late 1950’s, he acquired American citizenship and began a successful career in the insurance industry.

Apart from his aptitude for the insurance business John was a man with considerable social skills. Something of a heartthrob in his youth, he combined a comely appearance with an excellent singing voice. Some of his non-commercial recordings in the 1960s compare favorably with those of the professionals. Had he chosen to exploit his vocal assets, he may well have become a household name.

But this is not all: John Haddick was also one of nature’s gentlemen. He was a man of wide-ranging interests and of no mean intellectual capacity. He was a fine son of the Emerald Isle, an excellent (and patriotic) American and an incomparable friend and companion. And more: he was a good family man – a caring and thoughtful husband, a loving father and a deeply committed Christian. All who knew John Haddick will mourn his passing, cherish his memory and pray for his soul.”

“We who have loved him in life, will not forget him in death” – St. Ambrose.

A Celebrated Requiem Mass of Christian Burial was held 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edina, MO. Father Joseph Hoi and Father Bill Kottenstette officiated the services. Burial was in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Music was provided by Nancy Reardon, organist and Brent Karhoff, soloist. Casket bearers were Stephen John Downey of Liverpool England, Kelly Foley of Kirksville, MO, John “Jackie” Schlepphorst of Kirksville MO, Brent Karhoff, Jerome Kriegshauser and Larry Hayes of Edina, MO. Honorary bearers were Larry Schlepphorst Quincy, IL and Charles Kelly of Edina, MO.

A Rosary was held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 8, 2011, in the Funeral Home.

Memorials in memory of John Haddick may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, Missouri, 63537.