My deepest sympathies to the Ranes family.
Although I did not personally know John, we served in the same helicopter unit in Vietnam. He & I both were Cougar Gun Pilots.
I just learned of John's passing today. I worked for John many years ago at PL&E when I first moved to FL. He was very nice to work for and a true professional. Just as recently as last tax season, he helped me with a project relating to a former client of his, that he honestly didn't have to help on, but he did gladly. That was how he was. I am so sorry for your loss.
We will miss John dearly. Strong in good advice, never judging, always glad to lend a hand.
Mitch & Sue Crystal
As I read all these great words about my daddy, I realize even more how blessed I have been. This great, wonderful, kind and generous and loyal and funny man was MY DADDY!!! I got to grow up with honestly the greatest man I've ever known, it doesn't seem real yet. I feel numb to it all, I keep wanting to talk to him and see him or get one of his big hugs, I never imagined this wonderful man who drift out of my life only a year after giving birth to the son he always wanted. My daddy was a true daddy, he never let us down or hurt us, he was honest and kind hearted. Jackson "little Jack" and I will miss you beyond words and I know I will see you again. I love you forever daddy!!!!!
I pray for comfort at this time of grief for John's family during this time.
There are many, many work memories that keep drifting into my mind this past week that have made me laugh and cry through the tears. I worked with John for the last 15 years at PL&E, then DH, then DHG.
I remember when I first did a tax return for him how terrified I was of that “tax partner” in the corner office. I was told don't go in there expecting him to give you the answer, you better have research to back up what you think is the answer. So in I went with the tax book flagged in several spots to ask my question. John took one look and said “no, no, no, you people need to LEARN.” Then he took the time and showed me how to find the answer. He just wanted everyone to try and do their best.
I proudly still have an e-mail from him dated 4/5/2007 5:48PM. It reads Subject: “XX is in assembly” and the body of the email simply states “Congratulations – the first perfect return I have reviewed this year. John” Ok, it was a simple 1040, with no schedules, maybe only one W-2, one dividend income, and a rental property, maybe a teeny tiny step up from a 1040EZ form…..but still, I've kept this email, I always will. It was the highest compliment given by someone I admired and respected.
Over the years John wasn't the “tax partner” anymore, he was a colleague, a friend, and someone that shared a loveof family (and understood that that includes dogs and all pets),a love of travel, a love of strong coffee, and a love of what John and I both called “donut perfection” – donuts from The Donut Shoppe on University. Better than any Krispy Cream. Plain glazed hot made fresh. The perfect beginning to a tax season long day (although as an administrative assistant my days were never as long as those of a tax partner).
I thought of all the tax seasons that John would ask me to bring the donuts in “on my way”. Countless times I'd tell him, it is NOT on my way, and his response was always “more on your way than on my way”. So each year, I would find one special day to make that special trip “on my way” into work.
This morning, I drove that extra 5 miles “on my way” to the Donut Shoppe to buy a few dozen for the DHG Coffee Break before the memorial service where we all gathered to share memories of John. I thought to myself, I'll never eat a Donut Shoppe donut without a smile thinking of John, and that's a good thing.
Rest in Peace “tax partner”.
Rest in Peace my friend John.
I'll miss you.
I had the pleasure of working for John the past year; he was the staff favorite, as well as a great mentor and teacher. John will be truly missed by all. My sincere condolences to the family. CABS!
To my good friend Heather and her loving family. I am so very sorry about your father. Words do not really express the sadness I feel for you, your sister, or your mother. I know though that for all the years I have known you, you have always, always been able to speak so fondly and proudly of your father and, especially as an adult what good times and talks you were able to have with him. That is all we can really ask for - may God Bless your family and my thoughts are with you my dear friend.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
My deepest sympathies to the Ranes family. I had the pleasure of working with John. His humor always kept me laughing even in the most stressful times. He will be missed.
God bless your family and may you find peace in your nemories. Know you have a large extended family ready as you may need us.
May peace be with you and your family, Heather. Since I've known you, you have always spoken of your father so fondly and often and I wish I had gotten to meet such a wonderful man. After reading about him and his life, it is no surprise that you are the person you are today and I have no doubt you made him proud everyday. My thoughts are with you and your family, my dear friend.
My prayers and deepest sympathy to the family. I had the pleasure of working with and learning from John twice, at PLE & DHG. Always the professional, but also a friend. He will be missed by many.
Heather and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your dad's memories, good times and love give you strength during this very difficult time! God Bless!
To a great man, you will be missed!
Love to the entire Ranes family!
Prayers and blessings,
Lou & Jennifer Sicilian
Heather: So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.
Heather, I'm sorry that I never met your Dad. Since I believe a child is often a reflection of their parent - in knowing your kind and loving spirit I know he must have had the same qualities in order to bring them out in you. In quiet times when your loss seems to overwhelm you, focus on taking it one minute at a time or even one second at a time and breathe. Love, like energy is never lost - it only changes form and endures forever. I'll be praying for you and your family. Zeta love and mine, Tiffany Farrall-Vedvick
Heartfelt condolences to the family.
Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. John was more than an employer or a fellow vet who I talk to about things we both experienced in our lives. John was my friend. He was an honest human being who always told were you stood with him. I loved working with him at Presser. He was an excellent tax professional who helped me learn and grow and provided a trusted resource to discuss issues with. I would not be the tax professional I am today without him. The years I spent working with him at Presser were some of the happiest I can remember. I remember the Thanksgiving that you invited me over to your house because I was alone and going through a divorce. Linda, your and John's friendship helped me get through those tough times. Ka-Tay and I really enjoyed those country and western concerts that John sold us the tickets to. I have already lit an expensive cigar and toasted John with a good scotch. I pray that the good Lord has taken John into his presence and that John is at peace and filled with happiness and love. I am having trouble typing for some reason. My eyes keeping filling with tears. Farewell John, until we meet on the other side. Alan L. Huerth, CDR USNR (ret.)
We are deeply saddened by John's passing. He was a respected partner & professional.
We are deeply saddened to hear of John's death. He was our long time business and personal friend and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
I used to work for John and remember him as a great teacher and leader. My thoughts are with his family.
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was my CPA for all of my adult life and was always a phone call away if I needed to ask him anything. His kindness and loyalty to myself and my family will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
My sincere condolences and prayers of peace and understanding for John's family during this time.
I had the pleasure of working with John at what was Presser, Lahnen and Edelman several years ago and owe him an enormous amount of gratitude for everything he did for me professionally and personally.
Professionally, John taught me so many things as a young accountant right out of school. I carry many of these things with me today and they helped shape my career path.
Personally, John hired the woman who would eventually become my wife. I could never thank him enough for taking a chance on this girl from Texas. She has made my life complete. Thank you again!
I will remember John's deadpan humor and our endless conversations about classic cars and his Thunderbird mixed in with a little tax talk for good measure. I will always remember the time when PL&E had let several staff go in what was unprecedented for them and the next day John steps in the door of my office and looks me right in the eyes and says “What are you still doing here?”… He let my stomach make a complete knot of itself before saying “Awe, I'm just messing with you, you want to go to lunch?” I will always remember the piece of shrapnel pulled out of his helicopter that sat on a bookcase in John's office that served as a reminder of his service for our Country.
So one last time, I thank you John for everything you've done for me and my family, for your family, for your friends and for our Country. May you rest in peace my friend.
It was with great sadness that I learned of John's passing yesterday. While I only worked with him for several years at DHG, I learned to value and respect his commitment to his profession. He was truly committed and devoted to his family and clients. I will miss our tax talks and talking to him about the fascinating vacations he and Linda would take each year.
Linda, my deepest prayers and thoughts are with you, your daughters and grandson during this difficult time.
I used to work for John. He was a great person, who was respected by everyone who knew him. I learned a lot from him. My sincere condolences to the family.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of this great friend and close advisor. John has been my "go to guy" for nearly 20 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
I am blessed to have been a neighbor to John and his family for over 20 years. What a wonderful man. A devoted husband, great father, grandfather and an exceptional Dog Dad. He will truly be missed. His smile will always keep the neighborhood lit brightly. RIP my friend.
Glen and Linda Green.
Thanks for your friendship and council over the years.
Heather, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Your father sounds like a wonderful man and I know how much he will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and spending time with him.
Your sincere help and commitment to all, will always be rememberred and appreciated. John's passing has brought a great feeling of loss and sadness, but it is nowhere near the loss to his family. John became part of our family as we matured these last 15 years, and our children matured. Thank you John.......
All of the Novak family grieves with your family and deeply regret that we cannot be there to comfort and celebrate the loss of a dear friend.
Wayne, Jane, Todd, Emily, Kate, Woods, & Emily Katharine Novak