It's been nearly two months and I still can not fully comprehend that you're gone. I miss you so much. When I think of you the sadness is sometimes overwhelming.I love you as much now as the first day I laid eyes on you when our mother brought you home from the hospital. I loved you with all my heart,and would give anything to have one more day with you. I'm so sad that I just missed you-I was planning to visit you on the day you left us. I'm so glad we had some time together on my last visit with you in March-you didn't feel well at all but you were so gracious, accommodating and so brave; I'm so glad you thought to take that last photo of the two of us, I cherish it. You were the best brother ever, simply a most wonderful, warm, generous, loving, kind, funny, kindhearted, nurturing, intelligent, humble human being. I will always love you 'little' brother, you were and always will be, my heart.
I was truly schocked by the news of John passing away while I was away in Asia. I am sadden that for all the time we have known each other, the fun we had, and the common friends we share that I was not able to make it to his service. I worked with John at several different companies since ~1992 and have spent lots of time both at and outside of work with him. He is absolutely, hands down the best male friend a girl can ever have. Like others have commented, he is loyal, funny, smart, stubborn, argumentative, generious, a great listener 24X7, and above all a fantastic dancer. A confirmed bachelor until Kichi came into his life. We had some great arguments around his relationship issues in the 1990s. I am depressed not to have known that John was ill. As late as recent months, we would chat on MSN and he never expressed any issues with his health. We complained about the challenges of dealing with kids and swapped stories on raising teenagers. I am mad to see him go, he was one of the finest man I know.
My prayers and love are with you, your son and family--immediate and extended. Thank you for sharing your story of the capture of the "confirmed bachelor." You made everyone laugh as we reminisced about our own personal experiences with John. He was very well loved and respected and a great Friend. John is part of some of my most cherished memories in Kuumba, from Thriller to tours. John's spirit will live in all of us forever. May the blessings of the Lord be upon you and give you peace. Please keep in touch as we would love for John's son to know us who loved his Dad.
John always made me laugh with his stories,his re-enactments of movie scenes and his way of communicating with "a look". I was lucky to have known him. I hope his family is able to find the peace, love and happiness that John would want them to have.
I have so many treasured memories of John during our time in Kuumba and as "Brothers". He was a dear friend and I will miss him greatly.
July 2, 2010 at 2:12pm
I have just read that John is not with us...
I am really sorry to hear that.
Me and my family are from Croatia, where he want twice and we were hosted by him several times in Boston around year 2000. We were not in touch lately, but we would exchange few messages from time to time. I have read about all this yesterday and we could not believe that this happened.
We have him in very nice memories, and he will stay in out hearts forever.
We did not meet his family, neither his wife, but, please send them condolences.
He was really fella to remember as good friend.
Regards, and greetings from Croatia
(sorry if I have mistyped something, English is not my native language, and I miss "real life" words)
I will always love and cherish the moments we shared together growing up. There will never be a moment that you will not be in my thoughts.Farewell my brother, God's love and peace be with you always.
To the family, my condolences to you during this time of grief. John, Kenny, and Jane were all good friends from a company that we worked at. John's laughter, kind spirit and wonderful personality will be missed. Rest in peace my friend
May God grant you and the family the fortitude to bear this great loss, and may John's soul rest in the bossom of our Lord, Amen.
Chito Uyanwune & family
My condolences are extended to all who knew this “Kuumbabe and Brother”. I pray John’s wife and family will be comforted by their warm memories. May God’s grace, strength and peace be with you at this time.
A fellow Kuumba Member from the 80's,
What a beautiful voice and a beautiful spirit. Though well over a foot taller than me, he was never an intimidating figure due to his gentle nature. I hope his family knows how much he touched everyone he came in contact with and I pray they will always be comforted by his presence in their lives.
From a former Kuumba "Sister."
My heart is saddened by the loss of John, a fellow Kuumbababe, we will cherish the memories forever. May God continue to strengthen and uplift the family of John Anderson. He will be terribly missed.
Grace and Peace,
Very sad to see such a good man pass away. I have known him as a hard worker and honest and reliable person.
Bert van den Hoeven
Harrogate, United Kingdom
John, I am going to miss you greatly, both on a professional and personally level. Rest in peace.
Wai, co-worker, Intershop Communications, Inc.
My heart is heavy and sad for the lost of an amazing co-worker, friend and family man. Myself and my family sends our deepest condolences and sympathy. John will be greatly missed.
Albert, co-worker, Intershop Communications, Inc.
I will always remember John not just for his work ethic but also for the wonderful person that he was. His humor and wit always made me laugh and I will truly miss him.
-Don (co-worker, Intershop Communications, Inc.)
Kechi and family,
I am sorry for your loss. We love you very much! You and your family are in our prayers! Anything you need just let us know..
Hol' de light. Hol' de light.
De angels lookin' at me.
Hol' de light. Hol'd de light.
De angels lookin' at me.
Arise, arise, shine for thy is come,
and the glory of the Lord is Risen upon thee.
LIFT MY BANNER HIGH (your directorial debut)
Lift my banner high and be a witness, witness.
I love you John. I and all of Kuumba will miss you greatly. Maybe you can go and find and send back some more of those mystical risers that appeared from nothing for Mr. Winfrey.
What a great guy--kind, caring, and dependable. John, you will be missed. A bass extraordinaire! My fellow Kuumbabe, may your soul be at peace.