PRETTY, John Robert

1932 - ?

Born at Lowestoft, Suffolk on 2 October 1932, son of Thomas John Pretty (20 April 1906-1977), a painter & paperhanger, and his wife Elsie Henrietta née Saunders (25 December 1905-1995), who married at Lowestoft in 1930 and in 1939 were living at 92 Cambridge Road, Lowestoft. John's younger days were spent in the nearby town of Southwold and he studied at Sir John Leman Grammar School at Beccles, Suffolk before training as an art and craft teacher at Loughborough College. He married at Epping, Essex in 1956, Elizabeth Susan Olley, and from 1958 John spent seven years as principal of a technical craft school in Nigeria where his son Christopher, husband of Dawn Pretty [q.v.] was born, before returning to Suffolk as head of an art and craft department, retiring in 1980 as a high-school tutor. An artist who exhibited at the Haste Gallery, Ipswich who gave him his first solo exhibition in 1994. He lived at Southwold with his wife Elizabeth.