John and his family moved back to Colchester in about 1935. In 1936, John was acquitted of drunk driving. A newspaper report on the case is shown below.
John is listed in the 1939 national register as a wine shipper's manager living at 8 Old Heath Road, Colchester with his wife Clara and daughter Clara (shown as "incapacitated"). The health of John’s daughter, was damaged by meningitis when she was young. She lived with her parents until 1943 when she died aged 28 of pneumonia.
John retired in 1952, aged 71. He had good health during most of his life but developed throat cancer and died at Essex County Hospital, Colchester on 3 December 1953 aged 72. John was cremated at Ipswich Crematorium on 7 December after a funeral service there. His ashes were scattered in the Garden of Rest.
Probate records show that administration of John's estate (£1,592 5s 10d) was granted to his widow Clara. She died in 1967 aged 75.