September 1, 2016 by admin
Owen John Oliver – an Exceptional Life
Welcome to this website for the book I’m writing about Owen John Oliver. He was also known as JOLIVER. Born near Peterborough he lived most of his life around the Medway river at Rochester , and worked in the Thames Estuary, and along the Essex and Kent coasts.
Born in 1926 – Died 2014 .
He became a trained artist , chef and sailor. He owned several boats over the years but was best known for being the captain of the tug Hobbit.
He was born with two short arms, no hands, and only one good foot . He did not want this book written in his lifetime but gave me permission to write it once he was dead . I have researched as far as I can , his early life and schooling ,his Art School training and 4 years as a wandering years as an artist on a three wheeled trike round Cornwall. He settled in Rochester around 1950 where he learnt to sail .
He bought and sold a number of boats, including a house boat called Joliver , which I now own,and let out for short stays, at Faversham .
Joliver had a great sense of humour and made lifelong friends with a wide range of people from Yacht and Barge owners, Lighter-men, Pub landlords, Artists, engineers and teachers . Some have already been interviewed for the book . Many stories are very funny; some are sad.
Intelligent , funny and fiercely independent, once you’d met him you’d never forget him.
I’m sure there are many more stories out there so, can I ask for your help with my book ?
Please LIKE and SHARE the website on social media
[www.ojoliver.org] so that the word gets around.
This will be a high quality book , and I’d love to find images of his own paintings to add to the other visual images .
DO YOU HAVE ANY OF HIS PAINTINGS ?
Would you be willing to share images for this book ?
DID YOU KNOW HIM ?
Please contact me with your memories and stories .
THANKS very much – Frances