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Dr. John Michael Cryder 1945 - 2013
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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Sandy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Sandy... today is All Saint's Sunday, and I will remember Mike at the Mass.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Dear Sandy, just saw Jon's obituary. Please accept my sincere condolences. Evan Wilson
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Sandy - Allen and I send our deepest condolences. Old friends are always the best friends even when separated by distance and time. We are so very sorry.
Anne Lyndrup
Thursday, September 12, 2013
I remember when the Cryders arrived at Madison College...our music department was a better place with the dedication, mentoring and friendshop of John (and Sandy) Cryder. He will be missed in the world.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
So sorry to hear of John's passing. I have such wonderful memories of parties at your house filled with laughter and great food. Both of you truly gave me a "home away from home" during my JMU years. Your warm hearts and great musicianship will always be remembered. May you both be at peace now.
Randi Nelson, Saskatoon, Sask.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Sandy- We all met very briefly in the 70's; I may have been John's replacement in the Marine Band. I knew of your path- ultimately to JMU, but had no idea you all were faced with such an unfair challenge at such a young age all these years later. Please know Linda and I are holding you in our prayers.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Dear Sandy,

Please know that I and so many others are sending our love and prayers your way. I will always remember with such fondness you and Doc together at the front of the bus on tour with Madisonians...mom and dad to us all!

I lost my mother some years ago to the same dreaded disease. It was indeed the long goodbye. May God give you comfort and peace, knowing that there is no more suffering for Doc.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Those of us who attended Iowa knew John and Sandy. It seems unfair that productive people like John are not allowed the grace to exit life with dignity instead of ebbing away with Alzheimers. God bless him and best wishes to Sandy.

Steve Brandon
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. I knew John quite well during our years in the Marine Band together, so it's a real blow to hear of his untimely passing. My sincerest condolences to Sandy and the family.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Very sorry to hear of your loss. I had the privilege and good luck to serve with John in the Marine Band during my time there. ( 66-70 B. Trombone) I have many happy memories of Sandy and John and their great sense of joy and humor at the many parties, Beethoven B-day get togethers, and of course on the job. We all grumped about things, but we shared more laughs, smiles and jokes while going about our business. John was a superb musician, an articulate and warm human being. He made a positive difference in this world and I expect he will in the next also. Bill Richardson
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Sandy, you and I had such fun during the Marine Bane years and I have often thought of the two of you over the years. Know you will adjust to this next stage of your life and find your way through the difficult days. Wishing you well
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Sad to hear that John has passed. We had some great times at U of I and in the Marine Band. My thoughts are with you.

Bill Hartman
Monday, September 09, 2013
Sandy,
I was so sorry to hear of Doc's passing. I understand at times it was a struggle, but he can now rest. I have wonderful memories of the two of you during our years together at JMU. Who knew there was so much to know about white noise... and I had never heard anyone play french horn in a jazz jam session! John was a wonderful man, teacher and mentor, and he will truly be missed. Please know that your extended family will be keeping you in our hearts and prayers. Much love to you.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
You had many years of helping Mike and you did it so well. Mike is better off now and you will have new paths to take now.

Bob
Prior Lake, Mn.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Sandy, you and John have been in our hearts and prayers for so long and especially in recent weeks. We offer our prayers to you now, as you take one day at a time and find strength and peace through both memories and your circle of support. Mom (Mary O.) is remembering with chuckles the yard sale on Paul St., where you guys sold everything that didn't move, sitting in the front yard and drinking beer. And with happy tears she remembers John's playing Brahms under the arch at Natural Bridge...it made my Dad (Gordon) so happy. George loved working with you both, sharing the JMU Jazz cause. I'll always remember John's kindness and spunk on the few precious occasions we played together in Roanoke after George and I married and enjoyed those two idyllic H'burg years before heading south. Here's to a man of light and joy...he is free and healed.
Friday, September 06, 2013
It was truly great to know you. I always admired your musical talents; but most of all your kindness. You will be missed, cousin.
Friday, September 06, 2013
Sandy and the Cryder family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of John's passing. He and I were best friends during our school years in Plainfield. Be it the 100s, no 1000s of one on one Wiffle Ball games in the summer and the 1000s of table top hockey games in the winter John was the best friend a person could ask for. Together we learned the joy of listening to and the playing of music. I have so many wonderful memories of our times together growing up. I hope you remember me, I was best man at your wedding. Our paths took different directions but my memories of all the great times John and I shared did and will always stay with me. I wish you strength and peace.

James Tony Coleman, Wheeling, IL
Friday, September 06, 2013
On behalf of my family and the Plainfield Township Democratic Organization, I want to extend our condolences to entire Cryder family on their loss.
Friday, September 06, 2013
Sandy,
Thinking of you in your time of grief..... Love you!
Cousin Michael
Friday, September 06, 2013
Please accept my sincere condolences on the early death of John. I was his high school English teacher and had so hoped to see him again. May the memories of joyful times bring you comfort in the days ahead. I remember his great talent,his loving demeanor, and his loyalty to friends.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Sorry to hear of John's
Passing.

PHS classmate 1963
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Sandy, I am thinking of you now and sending my prayers for some measure of strength and comfort. Both you and Dr. Cryder made my years at JMU a time to cherish.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Sandy, my sincere condolences to you and your family. John was my pal forty years ago in Saskatoon during your times in Canada and I loved him (and you) with a mighty force. Seeing his picture (which must have been taken during those days!) brings him right back center-stage in my mind. I remember our great times together with enormous fondness. Please know I'm thinking of you... big hugs...
Thursday, September 05, 2013
My love and heartfelt prayers go out to you Sandy, and all the Cryder family. I cherish all those days at JMU, especially touring with the Madisonians with you, Sandy, and Doc John and the Jazz band. John was a wonderfully talented and compassionate man.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
My first meeting of John Cryder was at the Heldenleben International Horn Competition; we are both Laureates of that event. He brought a high level of artistry to the event, as well as a great personal dynamic. I've always been proud to be considered a peer of his. My extend my most heart-felt sympathies to his family and friends. A great one has fallen.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Sandy, my condolences to you and family. I will remember John as a talented man with a kind heart and a hip soul.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Dear Sandy, my heart goes out to you. I have witnessed your struggle and you have witnessed mine.
To underscore the randomness of this awful disease my Aunt Bea will be 94 this year and John is already gone. My mom passed away in April after her nine year battle with the disease.

And our lives go on, albeit changed.

It was my sincere pleasure to spend time with both of you.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Sandy, your are in my prayers and in my thoughts today. Death of a spouse is not easy - I just experienced that this past February. You have been such a support to John. I remember so many great Friday evenings with John's group at VMEA. Keep those good times in your mind and know that there are many, many colleagues and former students sharing your loss. Betty Tabor, Lake of the Woods, VA
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Dear Sandy and the Cryder family - my heartfelt sympathies on his passing. I cherish the memory of my time as his student and mourn his loss along with you. He was a superb educator and musician who had a profound influence on us all.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Wishing love and peace to the Cryder family during this time of loss.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Dear John and family -- I did not know your son, John, but I remember Dorothy speaking so proudly and lovingly of him. I am so sorry for your loss. Yours, Bruce Sylvester
Thursday, September 05, 2013
I am very sad to hear of John's passing. Though I think back on my years in the Marine Band with mixed feelings, I have only the most lovely memories of John and Sandy, most wonderful friends and full of spunk and fire. I am grateful to have been a part of their lives, and I send my deepest sympathies.

David Hoose
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Dear Sandy and Cryder family, I just wanted to say that Doc Cryder has been much on my mind since I heard about his passsing earlier this week. I had the privilege of being part of two of his Jazz Bands in the mid 70's. He had an innate understanding of the music, a passion to communicate it, and the empathy and patience to bring out the best in all of the people who played for him. He taught us to swing, to wail, and to enjoy the heck out of everything we played. Plus, when he brought out the horn to take a ride himself, he brought the house down. He truly understood — and relished — the art of teaching. So long, Doc, you will be sorely missed.

Woody Sherman, Madison College/JMU 1975-1977
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Thinking of you, Sandy at this time of grief, but also remembering happier years. Crushing news about John's death, but I fondly remember the happier memories of earlier years - parties, rock climbing at Carderock, Mahler parties at Hoose's place and the total dark hide-and seek games as well as many, many workshops & symposia. He was a great colleague in the Roanoke Symphony as well.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
I am very sad to hear of Dr. Cryder's passing, but I rejoice that there is no more pain or suffering. The family will remain in my prayers. Sending much love.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Sandy, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Doc was a wonderful musician and a great man. He touched the lives of many people over the years. Thom and I are honored to be among those people.
I realize I am dating myself, but one of my favorite memories of Doc is that he was the person who introduced me (and the rest of his class) to the CD! He was so excited! I had never even heard of them before, let alone heard one played. He carefully took the CD out of the packaging and held it up for us to see. His enthusiasm was contagious as he described the brilliance of the sound quality... then he played it and we were all amazed at how much better it sounded than a record album or cassette!
It seems like such a silly thing, but I honestly have thought of that moment so many times in my life. He was so thrilled with his CD player and the chance to share it with all of us. He was an amazing teacher that really cared about his students. You could tell he really wanted us to experience music in this new and exciting way!
Sandy, you have been a loving wife and caregiver to Doc. I know he loved and appreciated you. You will be together again someday. Until then, may you find comfort in the love of family, friends and our Heavenly Father. -- Lisa and Thom Shaw
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Sandy am thinking about praying for you & your have bad days & good for aunt Gayle does & does get better as time goes but certain days & the 1st yr is the hardest .Aunt Gayle
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Sandy, many of the best moments of my life involved you and "Doc John". In my minds eye I can still see him perched behind the sound rack diligently blasting white noise to ensure that all the details of the sound system were ironed out before each show. Many times I can see his curt smile and the heartfelt chuckle we would share on so many occasions. Thoughts, prayers, and love for you now.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
My thoughts and prayers to Sandy and the rest of Dr. John Cryder's family as you grieve. May you also celebrate and find strength through memorializing such a wonderful, caring spirit. Peace be with you.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
I guess my fondest memories are of babysitting your cats in that little house tucked down in the woods in Fairfax when you went on vacation, and all the golf games that John and I played, and of our attempts to reproduce 'Gaolloping Goumet' recipes so that you wouldn't have to do any cooking after getting home from work. I don't know how they all turned out, but I do remember one ginormous stuffed fish that left nobody hungry. All of that I'm sure must have caused you a lot of aggravation, but you never complained, at least not to me. You and John are the best friends I have in this world. Take care, and God bless... Tim Fansler
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Sandy, I'm so very sorry for your loss. You and John have touched and improved countless lives. That will never die. Peace be with you.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Sandy, I was sorry to hear about John's passing. I have many happy memories of you and John, together with me and Lynn and the Lyndrups during some of those go-go years at Madison. I hope you're doing well. You're in my thoughts.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Sandy, I am a Madison music alum and didn't know John but I do know how loved and respected you both are. It is a truly amazing thing to find a sincere and patient teacher that is an awesome performer as well. One who inspires day in and day out is a rare gem! So sorry for your loss.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
my senior year, which was 1982 I had to finish my minor to graduate. doc cryder helped me immensely in my final juries. we spent a few hours of lesson time having a few beers at that little pizza place next to wampler. he taught me about life and enjoying what you are doing. will never forget him
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Sandy, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Doc Cryder's passing. He was such a wonderful musician, teacher, and person. I still remember coming for Horn lessons at your house while I was still in HS. I also loved taking lessons from Doc while at JMU. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time of great sadness. Tamara Bishop Nicely class of '82 (Elementary Music Specialist at Gordon Elementary in Chesterfield Co. and music assistant at Reveille UMC in Richmond,Va).
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Sandy, sending my condolences to you during this time of grief. Dr. Cryder was my horn professor at JMU ('86) and was a very kind, patient, and gifted musician. He taught me so much about playing horn and I admire his contributions through the years to JMU and to the education of so many musicians. My prayers are with you.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Sandy, my condolences on Doc Cryder's passing. He was such a huge influence in my life, his mentoring, encouragement, kindness, and musicianship. The great horn choir in the sky just got a little livelier with Doc's arrival. Peace be with you and your entire family.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Sandy, you two not only taught me about music, you helped me get a good start on life. I was so young and clueless when you first exchanged the cost of summer voice lessons for my cleaning for you. I will always remember you both fondly. I taught Elementry Music for 13 years & now have another vocation, but use the skills you taught me at church where they are much appreciated. I wish you strenght, hope, love and the support of good friends and family. Peace to you....Diana Grimm (Morgantown, WV)
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Dr. Cryder was my horn teacher when i was in high school. He opened so many doors for me and was a kind and encouraging teacher. Im so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Sandy, I'm so sorry to hear this news. Doc was the first horn professor I ever had. I still remember my first lesson like it was yesterday. He was kind, funny, and a great musical mentor. I also enjoyed working together in Madisonians. I am blessed to have been a member of his horn studio.

My prayers are with you and your family. He will be deeply missed. Peace and love to you and your family.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
My Son, Brian Balmages and I am sorry for your loss. Brian enjoyed playing in the Brass group with him
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
I'm so sorry Sandy. I hope and pray that you and your family find comfort and peace.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
His kindness was known by all and never forgotten. Our prayers go out to his beautiful family and lovely wife. With love, the JMU alum
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Sandy, thinking of you today. To me, John was a gentle soul lit with great brilliance. Jim and I were fond of both of you and appreciated your friendship at JMU. I am so sorry for your loss.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Sandy,
I am so sorry to read about John's passing. He was a kind and intelligent man.
I have fond memories of him driving us to the shows in N. H. and of him
entertaining us on our riding trip to France. I also lost my husband Bob in
May to cancer. May God bless you and your family during this sad time.
Charlotte Hite
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Sandy, I'm very sorry to hear of John's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
So sad to hear of Doc's illness and passing. He was my first real horn instructor and taught me so much- he was a teacher and counselor in so many ways. I loved listening to his stories and his playing. Peace and love to his family- Doc will be missed.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. We're sending you a hug from afar.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
My condolences to the extended Cryder family. Those of us in the JMU School of Music family are still benefiting from the numerous contributions of both John and Sandy. His presence lives on in our halls.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Goodbye Doc. You saved my embouchure every fall. Switching from mello to horn always took me down. Thank you for "teaching freely". Thank you for sharing your talent. I'll treasure my Barboteu book simply because it has your notes and writings in it.... peace and well wishes to your family.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Dr. Cryder was a wonderful teacher and mentor during my years at JMU. He was not only an incredible musician, but showed patience and kindness to all of his lucky students. So sorry to hear of his passing and wishing you all wonderful memories of a great man.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
What a wonderful photo. Sandy, although I never met John, I remember many of your stories you shared and learned a lot by reading his obituary. I am incredibly sorry about your loss! Your heart was, and will always be, with him. Please know you are in my prayers.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
I know that John and Sandra were not in Saskatoon for very long, but John will always be well thought of by those who knew him and worked with him while he was here. My most sincere condolences to Sandra and the Cryder family.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
To Sandy and John's family,
Please accept my sympathies on John's passing. Working with John was always a pleasure and he will be missed. John was a fine musician, a great teacher and a wonderful sound technician, a gentleman in all respects. His influence and example has touched everyone that knew him.
T.P. Hern
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