James Richard Jowett (1949 – 2017)
Jim Jowett joined HM Forces in the Royal Engineers in 1972 and while a Lance Corporal married Fiona, a WRAC Corporal, in Exeter in September 1975.
Jim completed 25 years in HM Forces, rising through the ranks to become Regimental Sergeant Major, then receiving his commission as Captain. He served in the Postal and Courier Operations, providing postal and post office support to service personnel and their dependants in worldwide locations.During his Forces career, Jim served in Germany, Cyprus and Gibraltar, as well as being seconded for three years to the Sultan of Brunei, after which he was awarded a UK Commendation. His last position was as Manager Post Offices UK, Germany and Cyprus.
Jim joined Herberts in June 1997 as Major Customer Manager in the Retail Service operation. In 2000 he was promoted to Area Manager for our Service operation in the South, working from his home near Taunton. Jim ran an efficient team of engineers, always professional but also always encouraging and supportive.
Jim was an active FA Class 1 Football Referee, donning his black kit to referee on Sunday mornings for the Taunton Sunday League, and he was also a referee assessor for the Somerset Football Association, helping to develop new and young referees into the game.
For the last 15 years he had served as chairman of Taunton Sunday league and the Perry Street League, always fully committed to both.
Jim was taken ill at the start of June 2017, and died on 9th June in Taunton Hospital.