During his time on the fairways at some of the world’s biggest championships, Paramor had many interactions with the greats of the game such as Seve Ballesteros, José María Olazábal, Ernie Els and Tiger Woods as well as with the latest generation of players.
Paramor, for instance, was on hand in the final round of The Open in 2017 when eventual champion Jordan Spieth famously dropped his ball onto and then played from the practice ground at Royal Birkdale.
In addition to his work on the fairways, he acted as an adviser to The R&A’s Rules of Golf Committee from 1998, helping form the written Rules and their application, particularly on the professional circuits.
Paramor was also very supportive of the development of The R&A’s refereeing schools – now known as the Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar (TARS) – and undertook presentations to highlight life as a referee on Tour and was part of the team that took attendees through practical situations.
Paramor administered the sport with the highest level of skill, character and integrity. Typically modest about his many achievements over the years – including winning awards to recognise his services – he was often keen to highlight the opportunities that were afforded to him.
“I’ve loved my life in golf,” he once said. “I’ve been very lucky to work with some fantastic people, some absolutely brilliant players and I owe them for the chance that it’s given me to try and help them. I’m also lucky to have worked with some great administrators in the game.”
Paramor also enjoyed playing and was a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, competing in medals when he could.
David Rickman, The R&A’s Chief Referee at The Open and the AIG Women’s Open, said, “I’ve known John since the early 1990s and he will be sadly missed by the golf world.
“John built a reputation for being honest and fair to players but also empathetic. He had vast experience and was a great sounding board to the rules team at The R&A.
“The Open was hugely important to him and he was thrilled to be involved. To have John fully invested and supportive was of great benefit to The R&A. He was very content to be a behind-the-scenes adviser, if you like, to assist the Championship – and the Championship was all the better for it.
“John had a presence about him, a gravitas. I remember many times sitting on a buggy at a championship with him and people would come up and ask for his autograph. He was like a celebrity but he was always modest, kind and considerate.”