Hundreds of friends and colleagues as a former partner in the largest law firm in the North East gathered at Hexham Abbey this week to pay tribute to him at the memorial service. John Anthony, died earlier this year, is a partner at Miller & Turnbull Dickinson and then Dickinson Dees in Newcastle, until his retirement in 1989. He left his widow Marjorie, three daughters, eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In common with many of his generation, he did mix work specializing in the property sector but also provide valuable advice to many private clients. After completing National Service and get a bachelor's degree at Magdalen College, Oxford, Mr. Anthony joined Dickinson Miller & Turnbull became a partner in 1956. Merging companies with Dees & Thompson in 1975 led to the creation of Dickinson Dees and he remains a consultant to the company after he retired. He was involved in other businesses including House Cross House Ltd and Hillprint LTD. He also had a spell as chairman of the Rent Tribunal Newcastle. A keen cricketer, Mr Anthony president of The Borderers Cricket Club, one of the oldest cricket club in the world at large.