I can't believe it has been a year since you left us. It seems like yesterday we were all gathered around you, telling stories, and holding your hand until you slipped away into the night. As we move on like you said we had to, you never, ever leave our heart, or our thoughts.
I love you Dad.
John will be greatly missed as He was always there to help in anyway He could. I will miss the cheerfulness I always heard in his voice, when He answered the telephone and asked "how I was" and me knowing He really cared. He was a very thoughtful and kind man and I will remember how I loved to hear him laugh! I think that was John's most favorite thing to do. He and Nancy and the family are very special people.
John you truly made a difference in many many people's lives.
You will always be missed!
I shall miss you singing, "Sixton Tons"...From "Deep Purple Dreams" to "Skyfall", the world will spin a little less faster without you in it....my heart will beat a little slower....you are missed and FOREVER loved.
Dear Aunt Nancy, Suzanne, Rex & Marc, Uncle John may not have been my blood relative, but as a young boy he opened his heart and the Davis's always felt part of your family. Dorothy Davis, my mother worked with you for many years. As a boy, I experienced the reality of home life of a busy doctor. It was expected since he was such a wonderful caring man. I remember fondly how often parties were interrupted by a sudden phone call. He slipped out quietly and we carried on. Eventually he would quietly appear standing in the corner of the kitchen, observing his family and friends with love in his eyes. When someone noticed he would smile, give generous hugs and carry on like he never left. How often would we be all busy chatting and realize he was catching 40 winks. Then discretely he would insert a relevant joke or pun and he'd carry on with the converstion like he never missed a word. Well my dears, Uncle John has been called away to serve yet again. As always he would have loved to stay. He trusts us to all carry on with living our lives the best way possible while he is away. We surely miss him as we always did. How much he loved to party! I know his spirit is lovingly nearby you all. He was my hero!
After reading all these wonderful tributes, I want to LIKE them all, like on Facebook! I've already left my note, but I love what everyone else has said. All goes double for me! Love you Nancy!!!!
Dear Dr. Repaire- you were a gift to us as we felt so cared for and safe in your gentle hands as we welcomed our children to this world. I was inspired with your knowledge, practicality, compassion and most of all your gentleness. You will always be remembered as the kindest and smartest doctor I've ever had the privilege to listen to. My condolences to your family. They were fortunate to have you.This world will miss you.Thank you for everything Mary & Terry Severhill -Vista, CA
Nancy & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Repaire was our family Dr. & delivered child #3 & #4. One of my fondest Dr Repaire memories, is being in labor with #4, & both my husband & Dr. R were absorbed watching "Lawrence of Arabia". When I found out you all were moving to WV - I told my husband that although I loved him, I was going to follow Dr.R to WV.Husbands can come & go - but, a Doctor like your husband & father is once in a life time. There will always be a spot in my heart, for this kind, gentle,caring man.
Dr. Repaire is a legend in our family. The gift he gave us of home births will never be forgotten. His compassion was unsurpased. This world will miss him, but the next world he goes to just hit the lotto of souls!
You are in my heart, my mind, and my soul. There are so many good memories of you. I remember your love of puns (a vile vial comes to mind), and your enjoyment of foreign languages. I remember trying to teach "Happy Birthday" in French and you tried to teach me some Chinese, Latin, and German. We used to trade words in Spanish. I remember the first time we saw "Sophie's Choice"; you declared it your second favorite movie after "Lawrence of Arabia". You were a huge James Bond fan, but you were a traditionalist in terms of preferring Sean Connery to the rest. I remember the time we went swimming in the Tech pool. Well, I swam; you enjoyed the warmth of the water. I remember a pool party and evening cookout at Hawk's Nest Golf Club to celebrate your birthday. You were pretty young then (so was I). I remember trips to the big city of Richmond when you were a student, and I remember when you and Nancy cut the wedding cake on your first anniversary. I remember what a gentlemen you always were. I remember when you called and told me you were dying.
A French writer once said that as long as someone remembers and speaks of you, you will continue to exist. With all your family, friends, neighbors, and patients, you will live for a very long time.
To Nancy and Dr. Repaire's family. I have no words to express the gratitude I have for this wonderful man. He is the standard by which the Hogue family compares all other health professionals, and they have all paled in comparison. I loved that he was our OB, and then just naturally became our pediatrician as our children were born. He made the miracle of birth even more amazing with his soft-spoken, caring manner. I remember him coming to our home all the way to Vista in 1978 in the middle of the night to assist in the birth of our son, Justin. He wasn't feeling well, and he fell asleep on our living room floor duing the interim. We captured this by photo, but I need no physical reminder of this night. As always, he said and did just the right things to help bring yet another soul into this world with his amazing love and support. Although we lost contact in later years, I remain to this day in awe of his talents as a doctor and his willingness to put the needs of others first. My heart goes out to you, Nancy, and your family as you come to terms with his passing. You and he will forever be a vital part of the early years of the Hogue family. Thank you for being his supporter, as well as ours. I always loved calling the office, knowing I would hear your cheery voice on the other end. From our family to yours - thoughts of gratitude and love.
The Hogue Family
Michael, Debbie, Cecelie, Justin, and Teryn
My family and I so appreciate the kind words expressed on behalf of my husband, John. I have such fond memories of working as his receptionist/office many years ago and getting to know and love his patients. He was indeed a gentle, kind, and loving doctor, father, and husband. We were blessed to have five years of retirement to spend more time with each other. We traveled some and just enjoyed "puttering" around together. He was the love of my life. I shall miss him forever.
Dear Nancy, Suzanne, Rex and Mark,
I´ve been thinking of you all a lot! I have fond memories of John, and of the Marquette Street times with us kids running here and there, being as mischievous as we dared. You all were part of my childhood, and that feeling of closeness still remains today.
Dear Repaire Family,
I was so glad to see that someone mentioned John's courage. I believe he was ahead of his time.
Thinking of you all with love and so many great memories,
PS...he was pretty courageous, too, in putting out his "punny" jokes! He came up with some awful-ly good ones, didn't he?! (<: We will miss him greatly.
Dr. J- you loved me with a generosity and patience that saw me through crisis and triumphs. You reminded me to be proud of my journey and to learn from my mistakes. You carried me in ways you didn't even realize through the most challenging year of my career so far that just happened to coincide with the last year of your life and reminded me to focus on what really mattered. Reading, and remembering your journey here reminds me again why your words always mattered so much to me. You had the unique ability to bring a clinical, critical eye to life, but you never forgot your heart, your sense of humor, and curiosity about things and people that I have tried to embrace in my life. I will miss sharing the rest of the journey with you, but you have left me the gift of knowing what it means to journey well!
Our hearts go out to you and your family . Dr Repaire restored my faith in myself, after losing a baby, I didn't think I could go thru delivery, but he was my oasis for 9 months. I couldn't have done it at home without him. If he was there, I could do anything, (including my 11lb son) and my 10 lb 12 oz son after that.. 7 eventually. My kids loved going to the Dr...to this day we judge everyone's bedside manner byDr Repaire's. And Nancy you were always so sweet and patient while keeping him organized. What a great team! What an incredible gift he was to all.
It would take many pages to recall all the special little things that you did to always make my family feel so very much at home when we visited you and Nancy. One time that Stephanie and Billy will always remember is the time that we spent on the houseboat on Cave Run Lake in Kentucky. When I came to visit you and Nancy in September of this year, I was so surprised that you drove to the airport to pick me up and then drive me to the airport when I left. I'm so thankful that Bill & I had the time to spend with you & Nancy during your time in WV. Those are times that we will never forget. God bless Nancy, Suzanne, Rex, Marc and the grandchildren.
I foundly remember many times going to your office for advice and counsel. You were a great mentor and friend.
Manny Leal LCDR (ret)
Dear Nancy and family after reading all these tributes to John I had no idea that he delivered babies at home and the career he had over these years. What a wonderful tribute and I know you are all so proud of him as a father, husband and the wonderful healer he was to so many people. I wish I could have known him better over the years really just having been around him at the last Arnold reunion. I can see he will be missed by all but what wonderful memories you will all have to comfort you. Love to you all. Your Georgia cousin.
So saddened by the loss of the most wonderful doctor. Kind and gentle man. There has not been nor will ever be anyone like Dr. Repaire.
Barbara J Kramer (daughter of Barbara Sue and Bill Kramer)
WORKED WITH AND ADMIRED JOHN FOR YEARS. GREAT COLLEAGUE. DAVID ROUSSEAU MD
Dr.Repaire delivered me in 1974, and later delivered my brother and sister, all were home births. I remember watching him assist my mother as she gave birth to my sister, and he was so warm and kind, even when my cousin said "Move Dr. 'paire, I can't see!" What wonderful memories we have of this birth experience, made possible by a man who was courageous enough to help make it possible. Thank you, Dr. 'paire!
He delivered our son in 1971 and our daughter in 1974 in our home. My kids have heard the stories of him coming and hanging out in the living room with their Dad while waiting for them to be born. He took incredible care of me and we so appreciated him. We were fortunate to have had him in our lives. Truly sorry to hear of his passing.
Dr. R delivered my son Ben at home in Vista in 1973. A truly memorable and wonderful experience. Great memories of that day. I will also remember that when I was expecting my third baby Dr. R was concerned that I was so large compared to my last baby and he was concerned there could have been a problem with the baby's head size. Dr. R called me later in the day after some tests and was so happy and excited "the heads are just fine - you are having twins" he said. I will always remember that!!! Truly a great doctor as well as a great man.
Dr. Repaire delivered 3 of our 4 children at home....wonderful, nurturing, caring doctor and human! When our 3rd child was born, he had come from one birth, delivered our daughter, then left for another birth. We have a lovely photo of him dozing on the edge of the bed next to our new baby as he grabbed a few moments of rest in between all those mothers and babies. We treasure our memories of those peaceful births, and how safe and secure we all felt in his care. He came out to our house for a baby check, bringing his daughter, Suzanne, who brought toys and played with our toddler while he visited the new baby.
Our condolences to the Repaire family, our wishes for healing and peace to you all. Please know that we will cherish our memories of him for life.
Many happy memories of working for him at the First Ave office. He had a great sense of humor and loved his patients. Family Practice was just that "A Family".
Oh Dad... I mss you so much already. You tried to prepare us for the end... but when it came it was still so hard to take. Iam so proud to call you my DAD, and I hope we make you proud by taking care of MOM until she joins you one day. You will live forever in my heart...
I love you,
Many know him for his tremendous work as a doctor, but most of all he was a father and grandfather to his family. He kept us strong and he will always be with us. I love you grandpa.
Dr. Repaire was a very lovely man. He essentially delivered my daughter Lisa. May he RIP.
Dr. Repaire will forever bring a smile to my face. He was a kind, gentle, Man, He delivered two of my children and saw me through a very serious case of hepatitis.
One of my fondest memories is him and my husband playing rummy on my tummy waiting for another contraction.He brought joy wherever he went. May Jehovah be with your family in this sad time. Truly, Loretta and Rick Mortensen
P.I.P. doctor. I will never forget the day that you delivered our baby girl, Rhiana to us in our home. It was one of the most special days ever.
Dr. Repaire was at the birth of my daughter in 1980 in the comfort of our home. He was the kindest, most gentle and compassionate Dr I have ever met. I love you for all you did. RIP
I was a patient of Dr. John Repaire at NTC. I have many fond memories of his expertise in handling me in a very professional manner. You will not be forgotten. You were a great doctor.
Our hearts go out to you Aunt Nancy for the loss you have suffered. Uncle John was very special to us and we have such fond memories of our times together. Best times of my life in WV on the boat..may God bless you and your family. Jim, Stephanie & Sydney Hill
Dr. Repaire will always be in my heart for the loving way he delivered my son AT HOME in 1980. His loving staff at his office also made our health care what it should be, but you can't find anymore. Love to you all, until we meet again.
John Repaire has been a staple in my family as long as I can remember. My grandparents Mae & Walter Hume used to go to his partner Dr Markarian. My mom Laura & I really got to know John & Nancy Repaire after he started working @ the NTC medical clinic. It was great socializing outside of the clinic with the two of them. I remember John's retirement lunch at the Bali Hai. What a great day it was to celebrate a wonderful man & a great doctor.
I'll truely miss talking with him. God Bless this new angel, Virginia Anderson
The best memories are the ones that you try to explain but in the end...you just say...you had to be there. Our hope is that these memories will heal your pain.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.