John was born in England and came to Australia at the age of 13. His school years were spent at Williamstown Technical College whilst the family lived in a local migrant hostel. The family then moved to a house in Williamstown and John spent 13 years in the western suburbs where John met his wife Pam. He played soccer for Sunshine City and was keen on motor sport, which led to him driving early model Holdens and working as the Clerk of the Course at the Calder Raceway.
John moved to Croydon in 1970 and was employed at various times at the Government Aircraft Factory at Port Melbourne, the Stock Exchange, the Gas and Fuel Corporation and finally worked for himself until an accident in 1999 lead him into retirement. Apart from his extensive RDCA work, two sons (both playing in the RDCA) and 5 grandchildren (with another on the way) keep John occupied.
John was a Foundation Member of the Eastfield Cricket Club when it was formed in 1973 by a group of local residents. He coached juniors at the club and served as President in 1977/78.
After some of John's friends moved to other clubs, he joined Ainslie Park C.C. and managed that club's Premiership Team in the first Chandler 5 competition as well as being involved in other successes at the club. John then moved to Mooroolbark C.C. to play with friends and won the Best Clubman award before circumstances saw him move to Ferntree Gully C.C. where he played with work mates. In his first 2 years at Ferntree Gully John won the Best Clubman award meaning three such awards in consecutive years.
Over the years John has provided considerable voluntary service to a number of clubs and, importantly, to the RDCA. He was Ainslie Park's representative in the establishment of the Veterans Competition and organised some of that competition's early breakup functions. John has umpired in the Association and in Junior Carnivals and has been an active and important Executive member of the Umpires Association for many years.
John had a particular interest in junior cricket and served on the Junior Executive for many years – 12 seasons as Secretary, the longest serving Secretary so far in the Junior Competition history. In appreciation of his service to the Association over many years, John was recognised with Life Membership in 2007/08. He was also honoured with the Under 16 Division 2 Premiership Trophy being named after him. From the 2010/11 season, the Senior F Grade (now E Grade) competition has carried the name 'John Springett Shield' as further recognition of his contribution to the Association.