JJ was a great friend and mentor that helped me as a skinny 124lb 23 yr old at the old Village Square gym in Chalmette. He took the time to help me and nurtured me in bodybuilding many nights opening up the gym and training with me many times as late as 10 pm at nite as I worked all day and went to school. JJ and I had a special bond funny as it seems we for some strange reason picked up the names Big Sleaze and Lil Sleaze which he gave me a weight belt engraved with that name. I can look back to so many great times with JJ and now at 53 I feel a great loss because he was more than just a friend. Not everyone understood JJ and as well he didn't take to very many people and would let you know if he didn't like you. That's one of the biggest thing ill miss being his phone calls to talk with me about someone that rubbed him the wrong way and how he had to let it roll off his shoulder because he knew he could squash them if he'd let it get to him. JJ I miss our talks and I miss the great times we had together and I'm so very sorry to see you go.... But you are one person that will never be forgotten or fade away! Because you showed me bodybuilding as a life style, today I am a personal trainer and this is my life. Thank you for being part of my life and being my big brother. Please save me a seat at the Big Gym in the Heavens!