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.
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.
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.
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.
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