John Maurice Symon, 85, passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2023 after a short Illness. He was born in Bristol, England on July 18, 1937.
John was considered one of the greatest minds of aerospace/aeronautical design and manufacturing. His knowledge of aircraft was profound and his passion unbounded. John began his career as an apprentice for Bristol Airplane Company in 1955 following in the footsteps of his father, Alexander Symon. Working on many projects at Bristol Airplane later British Aerospace, one of John’s greatest accomplishes was his work on the Concorde, earning him a patent in design. John retired from BAE after 40 years of service as Vice President of Airbus manufacturing, USA Division, only to embark on a new career of 28 years of service with Textron Aerostructures/Nashville Tennessee, now NWI Aerostructures. John has mentored many in the business over his 68 year career and has traveled the world earning the respect of the aerospace world. John considered himself a blue collared man even though his resume’ indicated different. Humble to praise he was last of his kin, dedicated to company and family he continued to work up until his death. At 85 years young he was in the factory every morning at 5:00 AM. His favorite quote ‘Nll desperandum’ and his advice to young people was ‘Find your airplanes you’ll never work a day in your life’.
John is preceded in death by his father, Alexander Symon; mother, Annie Box; brother, Roger Symon; wife, Jennifer Symon; and son, Tim Symon, all of Bristol, England. John leaves behind his wife, Susan Herron of Nashville, TN; children: Whitney (Karen) Symon of England, Fraser (Anne) Symon of Hokitka, New Zealand, and Jodie (Cameron) Shields of Bristol, England; step children, Rachael Herron of Ashland City, TN and Sammy (Courtney) Herron of Clarksville, TN; five grandchildren; one step grandchild; and six great grandchildren.
Per John’s wishes, there will not be a memorial service held in Nashville. A Celebration of Life service will be held in Bristol at a future date.
Rest easy dear friend, you are greatly missed.
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