John is the adopted grandfather of Holly and George. He lived in the village surrounding St Botolph's church, which is where the Door was the Jamie came through from the Tai Shan Temple in Hong Kong. He was married to Rita.He was old enough to see the decline of the country and the terrorist attacks on major london cities.
When the police came, he knew it was a mistake but knew it was going to happen sooner or later. He accepted his fate and died a short while later