We are so very sad to announce the passing of John Pulsford our extraordinary, inspiring and truly loved company founder after a short illness. He will leave a huge gap in our hearts and minds and no words can describe our sorrow at this time. We have lost a unique soul who made us laugh out loud and who was one of the humblest, most generous and unique among men.

John started JPA Furniture in his late forties so he could work for himself and have total influence on his own future, building a company known for top class service and honesty. Father to four children, JPA quickly became his fifth child. He wanted to be master of his own destiny and create somewhere that was fun to work, which looked after its staff and where honour and integrity were valued. Never afraid of a challenge, JPA was formed in the middle of the three day week in 1974, with the first orders written out by candlelight at the kitchen table.

Some 45 years later, JP was still a force of nature within JPA, ensuring that our core values remain the same with people at the centre of our company. He leaves a legacy of the highest quality service excellence ensuring that ‘old fashioned’ values dovetail with inevitable change and technology advances. He was also a passionate environmentalist and key to developing and embedding sustainability into our operation, hugely proud of our efforts to create a positive social and environmental impact here in Hertfordshire, on real people in meaningful ways.

John loved life, energy and passion and hated sadness in any form so we are celebrating his life and achievements in every possible way that we can, loud and proud.

JP, you will forever stay in our hearts and we promise to smile when we think of you.

Funeral Arrangements

We will be celebrating John's life on Friday 11th October at 4pm at West Herts Crematorium, High ELms Lane, Garston WD25 0JS and afterwards at the Mercure St. Albans The Noke Hotel, Watford Road, St Albans, AL2 3DS (just down the road).

John requested no flowers but donations to RNLI or Cancer Research be made instead should anyone wish.

The dress code is bright - John loved red, hated black and hated to see people sad.