Dear Candy and Casey.......I was very sad to hear about John passing. Even though we haven't seen each other in many years, I have very fond memories of getting to know you both while selling your house in RWC. He was a great person and you were a wonderful couple! I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Casey, but I know she must be a spectacular person having been raised by such amazing parents. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
With Sympathy and Love,
A group of engineers who went through "SEI" training with John about 7 years ago remember him fondly. We gathered the below statements when we belatedly heard of his passing. As you can see, he touched a lot of people deeply all over the country in a relatively short period of time. I can only imagine how lucky those were to have spent years with John. Our collective thoughts and prayers remain with his family and friends.
I was definitely shocked and saddened by the news.
I know John will be missed by all of us.
mike - Pembroke Pines, FL
Shocking and very sad. John was a pretty down to earth good guy - and my winning golf partner in Arizona!
David - Seattle, WA
What a shock. John was the best. I hope they have a 4 wheeler ready for him in heaven. Tim - Lenexa, KS
I obviously had not heard this very sad news. I am sitting here in silence not knowing what to say. He was a great man and will be missed.
Dave - N. Charleston, SC
That is sad news. Boy, it really makes you think. John will be missed.
Terry - Omaha, NE
John was a friendly and gregarious individual. He always asked me about my kids when we saw each other. He was so focused on his family. I will miss him.
Tom - Houston, TX
A TOAST to John to celebrate his impact on us all!!!! He will be missed…..the old wise bearded one…..
mel - Portland, OR
What a shock. Life is too short. I hope we all are finding the time to appreciate what we have. I'll miss his Florida Cracker shirt this fall.
doug - Portland, ME
Wow!!! The nice guys first I guess, I really liked John
tom - Clearwater, FL
Very sad news. So sudden. It was a pleasure to have known him. I always enjoyed his perspectives. I think back to the second session of the class.
He will be missed.
Richard - Tampa, FL
It makes us all take a deep look inside and remember what is really important. (bringing back memories of our New Mexico session).
To follow Mel – To John – he will be missed…
Chris - Hunt Valley, MD
A warm, genuine man! The hat and beard, the voice, the humor, this will take some time to absorb…. He will be missed and not forgotten easily. An extra thought and prayer this weekend….
Arthur (ART) - Boston, MA
John's passing is so sad - I feel for his family. Reading all the great things he's done, and how important family was to him, I'm humbled by the time he carved-out to spend with us. We're all better for it.
A "by chance" crossing of paths with John several months back walking through SFO comes to mind for me. I turned around and there he was. Time not planned, but well spent sharing laughs and catching up. It had been a while, yet the time apart seemed so short. What a great, lasting memory. A friend indeed.
Rudy - Elmwood Park, NJ
About all I can say is Wow. What a shock. Seems like we just saw John and he was his regular happy go lucky self. He had a unique ability to always be upbeat and look at the bright side of things. We will miss him.
Stacy - Seattle, WA
It took me a couple of days to absorb the news and collect my thoughts about John. Like all of you I remember John fondly. I would describe him as humble, down to earth, sincere, quick with a joke and a laugh, easy going, scruffy, friendly, born in a hawaiian shirt and an overall jolly good fellow. I knew if I was ever in Eureka I would have no hesitation about calling him up or dropping by for a beer. He was the kind of guy that you didn't have to worry about. Big hearted with no pretenses or showmanship.
I will miss you John and you will reside in our memories. Bon voyage my friend.
Anuj - Los Angeles, CA
John was just so solid, gentle, and 'real'. I can picture him clearly with the big beard and gleaming eyes. He will be missed here, but I am sure he is making those with him laugh and smile....till we see John again
Chris - San Jose, CA
Casey and Candy I was so shocked and sorry to hear about John. I did not know him well but he always seemed so kind and warm and it was always so obvious how very much he loved the two of you. I will say that the three of you sure did a lot of "living" in the years that you had together. I hope the memories will bring you much warmth once the initial ache of a great loss begins to soften. Please know that you are in my prayers and thoughts.
I've been wanting to express my thanks to John; he was instrumental in getting my husband Mike hired at SHN in 2007, and was the first person I met in the area. He was so friendly and treated us both like we had been friends for years.
It was a beautiful ceremony, and such a wonderful testament to his life that the church was filled to the brim with friends and family. Please know that his life with you will be a memory to keep you smiling always.
Mike and Debbie Veach
Candy and Casey please accept my condolences; I hope you have good and fond memories of John always.
John was a good friend and packed a lot of life into his 52 years he will be both missed and remembered often. We were all very fortunate to have known him.
Candy and Casey, John and I played softball at HSU back in the 80's. We had sporadic contact after that, but reading all the wonderful things written about him reminds me of how I remember him too. We had some wonderful times at HSU and John was always right in the middle of the fun. He was kind, thoughtful, and very considerate not to mention a great softball player as well. Our HSU softball family will miss him.
Many of us at SHN saw John as a father figure. He helped shape us into who we are today. We were blessed to have him in our lives and are going to miss him. Your family will always be in my prayers.
Dear Candy,I never had the chance to meet you but I remember John at many family reunions when I was younger. He will be greatly missed by your family. Think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched...for nothing loved is ever lost.Your in our thoughts and prayers. Terese Matz, Mae Quaccia and family.
We are so shocked and sorry about your loss and we want you to know your in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
I never expected to get "the call" from Betty. After visiting with you, I was so confident that John was going to beat this inconvenience. I am so sad for you and Casey. Your loss is so great. John's joy always filled the room. His love for his girls was so evident. Memories of John will always be your treasure, and can never be stolen from you. My prayers for the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
Love to you dear cousin, Doreen
Dear Candy, Casey, and family, our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our prayers and blessings are with you and your family during this difficult time. Sending you big hugs! xo
Dear Candy, Casey, Jerry and Betty,
I am sorry John has passed away. It is hard for me to express the way I feel. I am at a loss for words. I remember him as a cute little baby who has grown up to be a loving husband and father. Now he is with his Mother, Nonno and Nonna, Sio Mel and Uncle Charlie, smiling down upon us. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Sia Louise Petrocchi
Dear Candy, Casey and family,
We are so sorry about the passing of John and our thoughts are with you now and always. We will never forget the goofy and funny things that John would do. He was a great guy. He will be greatly missed.
Leonard, Laurie and Cherisse McIntee
Dear Candy, Casey and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Johns illness and eventual passing. What a remarkable man. I wish I had had the opportunity to get to know John better. You all have such wonderful memories of John, of that I am sure... keep them close, they will give you strength, and in time, the smiles will return.
As you know Candy, Lake Shasta is a sacred place for all the Tenvolds, Harkins, Codds and Kmetzs. Lake Shasta may also have been the place where you and I first met either camping or houseboating... but that had to have been 30 years or so ago... memories...
You all remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Dear Candy & Casey,
We are so terribly sorry for your loss. We send our deepest condolences and will keep you and your entire family in our prayers.
Travis, Patti & Kirbi Campbell
Dear Candy & Casey, I am so sorry that John has left us, he was a special guy to all of us. I always see him with a smile on his face, especially the last time I saw him which was the beginning of this year having breakfast with Jimmy and I. My deepest sympathy. Love, aunt Flora
Candy and Casey;
So sorry about John. He was a fun, funny guy. He had a dry wit that I loved. I still think of him everytime I hear a Neil Young song.
Dear Candy, Casey, Betty and Jerry,
We are so sorry over your loss of John. In the few years we became acquainted we discovered a kind, caring and loving person.
May you find comfort in all the friends and family that surround you with their love and support. Also comfort from all the many, wonderful memories you have shared with John.
Jerry, Betty, Candy, Casey,
I'm keeping all of you in my prayers and thoughts.
God bless you and all of the family.
Dear Candy & Casey, We are so sorry about the loss of John and we will all miss him. I can still see him so clearly at the family picnic in September. We were all sitting together eating, laughing and talking about Hawaii and family vacations. He was a special guy and you two were everything to him. You both will always have those special memories and love. We are sorry to miss his memorial services. Our hearts and thoughts will be with you tomorrow.
Candy and Casey, I'm so heartbroken to hear about John, but so amazed by the strength you've all shown through this experience. We will all miss him immensely, and Redway will never be the same without him. His infectious laugh, his fantastic beard, his welcoming and friendly attitude towards everyone; he's just one of those salt-of-the-earth people that you don't meet every day. And never did a guy adore his family more than he did you two.
I love you both so much, and am so sorry I can't celebrate his great life with you tomorrow -- I'm there in spirit.
Candy and Casey,
Our deepest condolences on your loss of John. We continue to hold you in our loving thoughts, and look forward to being with you again at Redway next summer.
Candy and Casey, Liza and I wish you all the strength we can offer to get you through your loss. We are so very happy we got to see John at the family picnic last year. I absolutely loved him and thought we were all so lucky to share his company. Liza and I want to make sure you understand you have family here in San Jose and would always be welcome to stay here. The Letona family(San Jose, CA.)
As we think back over the years we remember John as a wonderful little boy with a terrific smile, happy heart and fun to be with. It is no wonder that he grew into a wonderful, loving man!!!! Candy, Casey, Jim, Tony & Linda & all Johns wonderful aunts, uncles & Cousins, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Much Love, The Rouse Family= Steve, Greg, Mike & Jolene
To Casey and Candy - Our hearts go out to you both. Words cannot ease the pain but rest assured that John is in a better place and his positive legacy is shared by many.
To John - All of the SC Boys are going to miss our buddy Veg very much. But you will always be with us at our get togethers, pal!!!
Dear Candy & Casey, We are so sorry for your great loss. John was and is a blessing to you both. May GOD bless you both, we will keep you in our prayers. Tom & Lori McMurry
Hey little brother - I miss you but will always remember your beautiful smile!
Candy & Casey you know that we are here for you always .... with much love,
Linda, Dave and family
John was full of life ever since I have known him back in second grade when we received First Communion together. It is that love of life that, I will truly miss, but his memory will surely live on. Candy and Casey, you along with John and the rest of your family are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.
Candy and Casey, we're so sorry to hear about John. I know words are inadequate as I can't possibly imagine what you both are going through and the depth of your pain and sense of loss. I just want to let you know that if there is anything we can do for both of you, pls. don't hesitate to ask or call if you need to talk. We're so sorry we can't make it to his memorial service but pls. know that you and Casey will be in our minds on that day and we'll be praying for our good Lord to comfort you and give you strength in this very difficult time. We love you both.
Bob and Grace Cigliutti, Phoenix, AZ
To my dearest, closest friends and family; Candy, Casey, Jim, Jerry and Betty, words cannot express our deepest sorrow for you all now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now. John will remain in our hearts forever and we have many fond memories with you all and John which we will keep forever; from Clifford Elementary School, Mckinley Jr. High, San Carlos High and then college roommates with Candy at Chico State; a long and special friendship.He touched so many people with his incredible calm but also fun ways and subtle charm. With much love always, Keith, Mimi, Mckenna and Patrice Kmetz.
Candy and Casey,
I am so sorry for your loss. I was shocked when I first heard of Johns illness. How could someone so full of life be this ill at his age? I prayed for him daily and my prayers now go out to you in hopes that you can only be comforted by the fact that he is better place. I am sorry I can not be at the services this Sunday. God Bless!
Candy & Casey~ My heart goes out to both of you over the loss of John, your dear husband and father. His love for you, and for life itself, showed in his big smile on his face and twinkle in his eyes. I send my love and prayers to you both. ???
Dear Cousins Candy and Casey... Our hearts are with you both. Our family has lost a branch of our tree. Johnny will be forever missed. After reading the memory pages of what will be a lasting tribute we see his spirit coming alive with each story. He was quite a man. Never afraid, always looking for that next adventure. Here is a quote that we think sums up some of Johnny's spirit: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but rather by the moments that take our breath away." Johnny was always looking for that next adventure that would take his breath away! It was such a blessing that you both were always there with him to share those wondrous moments.
We love you both and will see you both on Sunday to celebrate such a special man.
Cousins Fred & Antonette
Candy & Casey - We are so sorry to hear about John. He fought a tough fight. He will be remembered by all for his love of life and living it to the fullest. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you look back on all the good memories of John and help you get through these tough times.
Chuck, Lana, Jen & Dan
Can and Casey...we love you so much and we will miss John so very much. He was an amazing person, dad and "cousin-law". There will always be a place in our hearts for John, as well as he is a part of Redway that will never be forgotten. Giant hugs and love to you.
XO - Tami, Jack, Erick, Kristopher and Paige
Hey Candy and Casey,our hearts are with you during this difficult time. We will always remember John for the fun-loving guy that he was. We love you and miss you guys so much! We Hope you are doing ok and wish to see you soon.
Candy and Casey, I'm so very sorry to hear about John. I will miss his hearty laugh, sense of humor, and positive can do attitude. My prayers and thoughts go out to you both and also to your family.
I had the privilege to work with John for nearly fifteen years locally doing all kinds of environmental projects. I have never worked with anyone else that brought such good humor and attitude to the table. I will miss working with him and the positive perspective he gave to others through his work.
Candy & Casey~ We are so very sorry for your loss and hold you both close to our hearts. Our love to you both...
Candy and Casey, losing Papa John is so hard, but iI chose to remember him as the fun loving, hard working guy with a zest for life. He loved you both so much. I know you made his life a happier one. Blessing to you both.
Dear Candy and Casey, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Colleen Bryie
Jacoby Creek School
Candy & Casey - I was fortunate enough to know/work with John over the last six years. His positive outlook, "can-do" attitude and fantastic sense of humor were always appreciated. John will be greatly missed. I'm very sorry for your loss.
Candy and Casey, we are so sorry to hear about John. It is so hard to say goodbye, our thoughts & prayers are with you all. I have Wendy's picture in a frame that says "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure". That is so true. John & Wendy fought the same type of cancer.
Sorry we can't make it to the services Sunday because of a previous commitment but know our thoughts will be with you.
Pete & Bev Johnson (Fortuna, Ca)
John was a great boss and friend to me. I will truly miss working with him, playing golf with him, and just being able to call him up and let his soothing voice and manner of speaking calm me down and get me back on track. My heart goes out to his family for this tremendous loss that you must endure. The beautiful thing about a person like John is that he has given us all the strength to carry on through such a difficult time.
Candy & Casey ~ So sorry for your loss and wishing you peace and comfort in the days to come. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Candy and Casey, John and I worked together some years ago (before kids!) at SHN. He made work fun, and my visual picture of him is him smiling and joking around. And so bright and sharp! I am sorry for your loss. His death is a loss for all of us in the engineering community.
Oh Candy & Casey, our hearts are just crushed for you! John was such an incredible man, so full of life and love! It's hard to believe that he is gone, but he leaves us all with so many wonderful memories, and a wonderful example of how we should each live our lives. He loved you both so much--you meant the world to him, and he will always be watching over you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and that we are here for you if you need anything at all.
John was a real trouper that made the most of his life, and as a result, enrichened the lives of those who knew him. He will be missed by all of us. Our Heartfelt condolences go out to Candy, Casey and the rest of his family. We consider ourselves blessed to have known him.