This is very sad news, but understandable. JohnR did an amazing job running interference here for Vodafone. He personally helped me out (on more than one occasion). I was ever grateful to John for that.
I hope we see a new account here before too long, for a Private-Citizen-Formerly-Known-As-JohnR because, although he was here and helping in his Vodafone capacity, JohnR was (is, I hope) a Geekzoner and is going to be missed.
Happy trails JohnR and thank you.