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Thank you everyone who sent such lovely letters about Jonathan with such kind wishes. They have brought me and my family happiness and comfort through such a difficult and deeply sad time and we will cherish them always.                Rachel Sherwood and family.

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Jonathan Sherwood Passed Away: 31/10/2008

November 4th, 2008



It is with great saddness that we announce the passing away of Jonathan Sherwood Jonathan fell ill suddenly on Wednesday 29th of October from a rare type of stroke. He quickly slipped into unconsciousness and remained that way. He passed away peacefully at 1pm Friday the 31st of October.

Jonathan was a loving husband and father, and will be greatly missed. Though he is not physically with us anymore we know that in spirit he always will be. Both this website and our rajon website are now dedicated to his life’s work. He dedicated much of his life to helping others through the healing therapies that he developed, as well as sharing the vast amount of knowledge he had access to.

Rachel Sherwood & Family.

Funeral of Jonathan Sherwood 13/11/2008

November 7th, 2008

Jonathan Sherwood, informally known as dr john, passed away peacefully and suddenly on the 31st of October at the age of 56. Much loved and missed by his wife Rachel and his boys James and Sam. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

The funeral of Jonathan Sherwood will be held on Thursday the 13th of November at 10.45 am at the West Wiltshire Crematorium, Devizes Road, Semington, Near Trowbridge, Wiltshire. BA14 6HL. England.

Flowers or donations if desired in memory of Jonathan are for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance c/o John Stuart Funeral Service Limited, Castle Farm, Hillworth Rd, Devizes. SN10 5HD. Tel: 01380 723883.

Tribute to Jonathan Sherwood written by and read out at his funeral by his wife Rachel:

December 1st, 2008


Jonathan Sherwood, or dr.john as many knew him, was truly a remarkable man. He was a warm and kind and gentle man. He was a loving supportive husband and best friend, and a dedicated, helpful and loving father who provided lots of fun and laughter. He generally had a very helpful nature to people of all walks of life that he encountered. He was a worldly man having been born in England and his family migrating to New Zealand when he was 11, and then on to Australia, and having traveled widely throughout his life. He embraced the native cultures of those countries, and others, and had great respect for their people, their knowledge and beliefs. His recognition and studies of ancient civilizations became the foundation for much of his life’s work and research; with a strong focus on ancient Egypt - where he helped the authorities with numerous discoveries. He specialized in ancient knowledge, technologies and spirituality, as well as physics and mathematics. His research led him to develop a range of natural healing therapies that he applied to help thousands of people all over the world, and he also taught others how to do the same. He maintained a very down to earth realistic approach to his work which partly came from his early Background in navel medicine and research during his time served with the New Zealand Navel Forces; this also was the beginning of his love for the ocean - which is where he would like his ashes sprinkled. He was a deeply spiritual and philosophical man, and shared those teachings with many groups and individuals throughout his life, and also wrote numerous books on those subjects and others. The roots of these perspectives undoubtedly came from time spent with his father who was an agricultural representative and a freemason, and who had a great influence upon his life. His father also passed away young at the age of 45. His mother, who passed away this year, also had a positive influence on his life in that she was very open minded, kind, and intuitive. Jonathan also had these natural abilities and harnessed them in many creative areas. He was a gifted writer, artist, teacher, healer, sensitive, channel and actor. With all of these talents he was seen by others to be “a unique and special person who was always full of ideas”. No matter how much he embraced his potential and helped others to do the same he always kept his feet on the ground and saw himself as the same as everyone else, and was a true believer in equality. He greatly enjoyed life and showed enthusiasm for all that he was involved in, his philosophy was to do things 100% or not at all. He had great strength of mind and great energy and great knowledge; making him the richest man I have known. He believed that richness was not a material quality; as that has no substance - as when you die you cannot take it with you. He believed what you can take with you is the knowledge that you have gained in this life and all that you are - through the sum of your experiences. So he never allowed himself to be tied down by material assets. This attitude kept him free spirited and open minded in his research to reach beyond where others could. One fellow researcher said, “John was respected by me for his brave stance in a narrow minded world, and also for his light hearted nature”.

He was a man greatly ahead of his time, and he will be dearly missed by many whose lives he has touched. I know this will not be the end of a great life’s work, just like other great men before him; the seeds he has sown will grow.

Jonathan has made many friends through his life and positively influenced many people. He life has not all been serious though, he was a man who knew how to have fun and enjoyed making people laugh, and see the lighter side of life. As an actor on stage he played many roles, and many of them were fun and some outright hilarious. He played the bumbling “Inspector Prat” in the Inspector Clouseau /Agatha Christie spoof “Murdered to Death” on the Gold Coast in Australia, and had the audience in stitches. He dressed up in outrageous costumes for the Christmas pantomime “Puss in Thongs” singing songs and cracking jokes. He loved the stage and had been acting on stage part time for most of his life with many lead roles. He loved the magic of the theatre and how it could provide an escape for people from their troubles in life. He also loved the energy of it and found it a great way to creatively express himself. He was held in high regard and many felt lucky to have worked with him. The actors he worked with have said, “We will always remember the fun and great times we had acting with him on stage, Jonathan was very dear to us, and he will be remembered with much fondness & happiness”.

As William Shakespear once said ; “All the worlds a stage, all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and entrances; and one man in time plays many parts, his act being seven ages”. Though Jonathan always said its not the age its the mileage, however he certainly did play many parts, and I think those who knew him well could definitely say his life was a fine performance.

Jonathan was also a Science Fiction fan; he enjoyed watching Star Trek, Babylon 5, Andromeda and Dr. Who to name a few. His mind was open to endless possibilities, he was universal. He had wisdom and knowledge beyond his physical years and many felt him to be an incredibly dynamic life. One affectionately called him boomerang and felt some day he will be back. I believe death is but a new beginning, as did Jonathan, to a more expansive, unlimited existence. In the spirit of Dr. Who, “Jonathan; you were my doctor. You said to me ‘If I go first, I’ll be waiting, and when we meet up again we can travel the universe together’. Well, until then my love, I know you will pop in and see us from time to time, and you will always be in our thoughts”.



To: no-spam

Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2008 11:44 PM

Subject: Re: Jonathan Sherwood Passed Away

Dear Rachel

Please do accept Synthia and my deepest condolences for your shocking loss. Our hearts go out to you and your children. This has come as a sudden shock and leaves me short of words at this moment, but I want you to know that John was respected by me and enjoyed for his brave stance in a narrow minded world and also for his light hearted nature. I very much respected the work you have both done and for what I know you have been through as a team and as best friends.

I am at your service if there is anything I can do to help you and the family from here.

Living in the USA, I am unfortunately not able to attend the service and show my respect for which I am sorry.

With much sorrow and thanks for thinking to inform me during this difficult time.

Colin Andrews

PS: I will inform visitors to my web site today.

Office telephone: (USA)-203-4578725
Web Site:
Address: 230 East Main Street,
Branford, CT. 06405


A meeting Jon and I had with the farmers wife, Ratchel Hosier near Stonehenge during the summer of 2002. We were both interested to hear from her that crop circles had appeared in these fields since the 1960's - a full twenty years before hoaxers Doug and Dave.
Copyright Colin Andrews 2002  (used by permission)


From: Village Theatre

To: 'js rajon'

Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2008 5:14 AM

Subject: RE: Jonathan Sherwood Passed Away

Dear Rachel

It was indeed a great shock to hear about Jonathan. You have Robyn’s and my deepest sympathy – I was hoping that you would return to Australia some day and we could resume our relationship through Theatre.

In fact we were only talking about him the other day as we are in rehearsals for the Christmas show and the fun we had on stage with PUSS IN THONGS. Our memories are the most happy ones of Jonathan.

I will let the other members of the group know this most sad news.

With best wishes for you and the children


Ken & Robyn


The Village Theatre

Sanctuary Cove

t: (07) 5577 8999

f: (07) 5577 8859

m: 0416 160 414



From: V.Gian


Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2008 5:40 AM

Subject: sympathy

Hi Rachel,

..Don't know whether you remember me but I acted with Jonathan on several occasions at the Village theatre. I am in shock as I am sure you are as well. I always kept him in very high regard and I had a great time acting with him on stage at the theatre. My heart goes out to you and your family at this very sad time and will say a prayer for you all and have a drink for Jonathan on Thursday.

I wish you long life

Much love

Viviane Gian


Hi Rachel
Ken has just told me about Jonathan. I am so sorry for your loss, Jonathan was very dear to us at the Village Theatre and will be remembered with much fondness. I was lucky enough to work with him on several shows.

Take care and strength and love for the readjusting times ahead.
Kind Regards
Suzie Woodall


From: Kurtis-Daniel Winn


Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:25 PM

Subject: RE: Jonathan Sherwood

Dear Mrs Sherwood

You don't know me, my name is Kurtis-Daniel Winn, I currently live back in the UK, Essex to be exact, but just over two years ago I went out to spend some time on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Whilst there I joined a Village Players Theatre group in Sanctuary Cove headed up by Ken Stegeman and undertook some roles in a few of the productions that his team put on. It was there that I met your husband Jonathan and have been deeply saddened by the news that Ken gave me in the week that he had passed away.

Jonathan was a lovely man and was very kind to me whilst I was in Australia and I shall miss him very much. We spent a lot of time together whilst rehearsing and he even gave me an opportunity to partake in a spoof 'whodunnit' production just before i left, which thinking about it now was possibly one of his last performances.

He was a lovely, funny, kind, honest and very loyal man to me and I know he will be remembered very fondly by all those who knew him in Australia.

Unfortunately I will be unable to attend the funeral on Thursday due to other commitments, which ironically enough involves me performing in a show! (Alas Jonathan my friend, 'the show must go on!').

My deepest sympathies' go out to you and your family in this time of grieve and i do wish that Thursday goes as smoothly as possible as Jonathan is remembered by all those that loved him.

I will not forget him.

Kind Regards

Kurtis-Daniel Winn



Jonathan on stage at the Village Theatre, Australia in a Christmas pantomime with our son James (when the children were invited up on stage as part of the show - right), and in the foyer after the show for photos - left. (playing two parts in this show)


From: "Chad Deetken" <>

To: <>

Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2008 9:20 PM

Subject: Jonathan Sherwood


Dear Rachel,

It is with great sadness that we heard from Colin Andrews about the sudden passing of Jonathan and we wish to send our most sincere condolences to you and to your two boys. He was such a lovely gentle man and we always enjoyed talking to him about all the great topics that would inevitably crop up at the Barge Inn. We also recall with fondness the day we spent with you and John driving around the British countryside in your convertible. Those were good times. We were in Wiltshire this July 17th to August 3rd but had no idea you were still living in the area or we would have looked you up. That was our first return since 2000. I hope it is some comfort to you that during this dark time so many people out there are thinking about you and remembering the wonderful Dr. John.

Lots of Love,

Chad and Gwen

November 19th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

A Letter Recieved From Brisbane,Australia:

(November, 2008)

For Jonathan,

This is a letter I have to write for myself to say goodbye to my good friend Jonathan Sherwood as I can’t be there in person in England to say goodbye at his funeral.
This is very sad for me as I and my family have known him for 22 years now, we thank him for all the help and comfort he has helped us with in our lives
I first met him when I went to his meditation classes which he held in Brisbane along time ago and as I got to know him I began to attend the other classes he had,the knowledge and information that would come through to us to help understand our world and ourselves and how to make the most of what we have around us, he also showed us healing techniques to use on ourselves and others and of course the massage therapy which we all used to look forward to learning about.
Jonathan was my friend and mentor and we shall miss him very much.

Good bye
Love Mary

To Rachel & Family,

Your loved one brought so much goodness to the world and gave so much happiness to others.

May it help to know that others are thinking of you and share your loss.

We were both deeply shocked to learn of the passing of Jonathan.

He was a wonderful man that brought great joy to all he met.

Jonathan was a dear friend and will be sadly missed.


From Dave and Linda Biggs.



Today on this sad day, David and I are thinking of you.

Jon was such a great person to know, larger than life and so full of the wonders of the world around. You and the boys were so generous with his time, so that those of us not in his family circle could spend time with him and learn about the earth and her mysteries.

We shall miss him a great deal, and pray that you and the boys find strength and hope for the future.

With our love,

Ann-Marie & David Heighway

I have been friends with John and Rachel Sherwood for over 15 years and for slightly less years than that with JJ and Sam! During those years I spent many happy hours in their company in many locations from a caravan near Shrewton, to houses in Marlborough, Ramsbury, Alton Barns, Chirton, Orchestron, Netheravon to name a few, some easy to find, and some I never found!


In the company of the Sherwood’s, of course I was treated to many episodes of Star Trek and StarGate whilst also benefiting from Rachel’s cooking. The last time I saw John, Rachel, JJ and Sam in October 2008 we were watching a movie on his new projector which produced a huge wall sized picture, when we became aware of loud explosions from outside. Startled we ran outside to be greeted by an excellent Firework display and not an Alien invasion! Ever full of quips I think John remarked that the Aliens were not due yet! Maybe it was not a quip?


In John’s company I was never bored, he was fascinating, he made you think, which could be downright exasperating at times, but it was always fun and it was a friendship that I am glad not to have missed. John was a very giving person which could be seen especially when he interacted with JJ and of course more recently with Sam. Writing this has also made me realise that I never saw him get angry and he always looked for the best in everyone he met, even in his detractors.


When I first met John it was on a very windy but sunny morning on a bridge overlooking the A303 near Andover. I was at the eyepiece end of a TV camera whilst John was at the lens end. He was trying to explain to a very puzzled presenter how anti-gravity could work using vortexes and I sort of half listened whilst trying to steady the camera, but what I did hear got me hooked and somehow we became friends as I tried to get a handle on this ‘Dr John’ fellow.


Being a sceptic of all things I cannot touch and even some of those I can (!), I could be a challenge to John especially when I recently studied Natural Science with the Open University. John had his own take on much of the OU text with his many contradicting theories! I argued with John a lot at this time, pointing out that my text says this and that and anyhow to pass the course I have to believe this stuff and tow the line! I passed and we were still friends!


One of my greatest regrets was not taking up his offer to film one of his many river Nile trips, so he and Rachel had to film it themselves, too well for my liking! As you know he was a restless soul and an experienced globe trotter. But upon his returned to the UK he would always inform me quite categorically that this time he was here to stay. In 2008 I took this statement with my usual scepticism but he this time he was right but not in a way that any of us would have wanted or could have predicted. John was gone in an instant and far too soon to really have got to know him even after 15 years. I phoned him on the night he became ill, Rachel answered informing me that John was being attended by medics as he was having a seizure, at first I thought she meant Sam. As I put the receiver down I realised this sounded very serious for John and unfortunately my suspicions were later confirmed.


Amongst John’s many predictions he was able to witness the start of the global credit crunch, which he would allude to on many occasions during the last 5-6 years of his life and now as it unfolds the rest of us can bear witness as the world tries to recover. Whether the ‘criss-crossing’ of global energy lines, as I interpret John’s work of vortex placements around the globe to be, has any future ramifications time will tell. Maybe I will live to find out our planet is indeed a stranger place than my scepticism will allow me to believe?


At the end of the day the planet has lost a kind soul and I for one wish he was still with us. Cheers John, wherever you may be.


Steve Flambert, March 5th 2009


Dear Rachel

We were all very saddened to hear of Jonathan's sudden death last year. The news reached me from one of the cast members of Murdered to Death in December, just in time to be included in the January 2009 edition of the GCLT newsletter. In other circumstances I would have placed a valedictory notice for Jonathan on the first page, but time was against me and I was forced to revamp the inner pages.

I won't burden you with the entire newsletter - a rather large download - but I'm attaching the relevant page from January. I am sorry that this may seem a rather belated acknowledgement of Jonathan but I hope you will find some comfort in the knowledge that the whole GCLT community received the news and that we mourn with you. Those of us actually involved in the production remember him with great affection for his unfailing warmth and humour.

Our best wishes to you and the boys...

John Rees-Osborne


click here to view the newsletter page from the Gold Coast Little Theatre with a photo & tribute to Jonathan.


To a brother and brother in law, who will always be remembered. We shared our good times and bad, but through it all we were still brother and sister and there was just the two of us, no other siblings. It is still hard to believe you have gone, but when we lost our dad so early in life, I guess we learned that no one is indestructible even though we think and hope that they are and will always be around forever.

Now you are with Mum & Dad and all the family take care of each other and one day we will raise a glass together again. (But I do hope it is in the distant future.)

Cheers brother!


Rachel your tribute to my brother Jonathan is not only a wonderful tribute to him, but also to you for putting it together. Thank you.  I wish mum could have seen it before she passed away. Sonia & Tony


In memory of Jonathan at Giza Pyramids, Dec. 1992. Channelling Conference.

Giza Pyramids, Egypt Dec. 3, 1992

An email received from Japan.


Thank you email again.
I am a one of member of Egypt Channeling Conference 1992.
And I met him in that time.
We feel very sad about Jonathan was going.
However the date of 31st Dec. was very special day some memorial day of Atlantis Island was going down.

(Please use photo of 1992, if you like)
Thank you.



The following is a link to Colin Andrews website where he has created a lovely tribute page to Jonathan with a beautiful song by Kerry Mckenna who was also a friend and colleague of Jonathan’s.

(c) Copyright 1993-2008 J & R Sherwood