Well John, here we have another birthday; you are 24 & I am 64. I am missing my "birthday buddy" & I guess I always will but I have you in my heart & in my mind. Your spirit remains with us!
As Always~Much Love,
Dear John, It's already been 2 years and still around and around I go in my mind~wondering what could have been. I now believe that you made the choice that, for whatever reasons, made the most sense to you at the time. I know it is irrelevant whether or not I like it however I have learned to respect your choice~it was, after all, your choice to make. You are very much alive in the hearts and minds of your family therefore you will never be truly gone.
Steve & Kim got married on Nov. 5th in Hawaii; you would have liked watching your wonderful Dad as he did a beautiful job of officiating the ceremony!!
We miss you and love you and always will!!
XXXOOO Aunt Steph
I thought of you today, John. I think of you often, especially now that I'm teaching 6th grade. I think back to our days in 6th grade and how much of an impact you had on our entire class. The class clowns I teach will always remind me of you. Rest in peace.
We celebrated your life last night and wished you happy birthday, along with Stephanie and Frankie's birthday. You would have been 23 years old yesterday. We love you dearly and think of you all the time. I know you are in heaven now, and I sure hope you are getting all these messages. Loads of love, Aunt Ella
Happy Birthday John!
I thought of you with love today, just like so many other days....but today had something new
today you would be 23 and I would not be blue.
Now I have no "Birthday Buddy" but as I speak your name I recall the cherished memories as I see your picture in the frame.
In case your wondering why the fuss
this feeling comes from all of us:
God has you in His keeping
we have you in our hearts.
Although we can speak no more, your memory is always there because every night before I sleep I have you in my prayers.
XXXOOO Love Always,
My condolences for the loss of John Gora. Keeping in mind the scriptural hope of everlasting life can help to sustain you during this difficult time. John 17:3.
I can't believe it's been a year since your body left us here on earth John. YOU haven't left us, because you are in our memory and loving thoughts everyday. I've been thinking of you a lot lately. I've been reading the book "Proof of Heaven." The author's near death experience of "life after life" sounds like a wonderful place to be. I know you are there now, and we'll all be joining you sooner or later, whenever our time comes. In the meantime, we love you and think good thoughts of you every day of our lives. Aunt Ella, your God Mother
November21,2013. To Our Dear Family and Friends, I thank The Lord for all of you and your love, kindness and friendship to us this past year. You all have truly been a gift from God to eash of us as we have navigated through this year since John's passing. We feel blessed beyond measure and I can only contribute this to you all being the people with whom Christ blessed us to show His great love and grace that He extends to all and especially in a time like this past year. As I remember John on this day I am filled with gratitude for all my blessings and look forward to years ahead with you all being part of my life whenever our paths cross. Until we meet again. With love Ee, Mom, Eelen, Auntie Ee
It's been a year since I heard the news that horrible day
I never thought we'd lose you that way....
I'm going surfing or fishing I'd heard you say
but you didn't go surfing or fishing.....you're gone and there's no getting you back,
you left us with memories of which there is no lack!
We miss you so much, there's a void in our hearts as we wish we could have lived our lives not having to be apart!
I've given up wishing you'd come back to fill this hole,
the one you made when your body left your soul.
I know you're gone I just wish I'd known....
so after the last time I saw you I would have phoned.
I'd have told you how much I loved you and the impact of your smile and how I didn't think we'd do well without you....
not even for awhile.
Although you're gone and out of sight, you're definitely not out of mind....
you've flown away and left us all behind.
It's been a year and it's safe to say,
I still think about you every day,
I might not hope or even pray,
I just love and miss you in my own way.....
and know that you understand how much you meant to all of us.
Good-bye for now,
In our hearts forever, you will live.
To see you again, anything we would give.
We talk of you often, you are still present.
The conversations—though heart-aching—are ever so pleasant.
Like Aly, you have come to me in a dream also.
We were at the beach and the sun was beaming.
You were happy and smiling in the most peaceful of ways.
I don't think it is a coincidence that you visit us while we are dreaming.
We look at life differently now, that will never change.
I have more compassion; everyday is more than just an exchange.
You have made me be a better person.
With all my love,
Your cousin Cece
Miss you John. I was @ Gelato Vero today, It reminded me of the first time you took me. I got a gallon of the Espresso Bean in your Honor! " Why eat lunch when you can eat ice cream"
Love You Gora
This heart skipped a beat today as it often does because I saw someone who resembled you.
This mind is filled with thoughts of you with every ambulance that passes and every surfer and every fisherman and every skateboarder and every blue SUV I see I think and wish it could be you.
These ears can still hear the distinct sound of your voice.
These eyes fill with tears so easily...a song, a glimpse, a memory, a picture, a quiet moment to feel the depth of sorrow.
This soul will never be the same, the path to carry such sadness is unpaved.
How can it feel like forever ago but at the same time feel like yesterday that we lost you?
The dream I had of you last night was a good one...
You were in a grey sweatshirt, your hair was longer, you were standing at a distance, smiling, with your arms crossed.
You were calm, serene and peaceful. You seemed proud to be watching over us, protecting us. We saw you and were so excited to run up to you and hug you and spin you around in a giant bear hug, and my tears wouldn't stop flowing.
It was beautiful...I will look forward to that when we meet again my dear cousin.
You are so missed.
Today it is 9 mos since you left us & it is also a Wed. When do you think I will stop thinking this way? I heard it takes 8 yrs & I'm beginning to understand why that is so since your departure is still so fresh. I think of you every morning when I go to the gym. The empty Crown Royal bag your Mother gave me of yours is where I keep my car keys etc. during my class. It's good to remember each day because I don't ever want to forget you & the way your presence enhanced our lives;the day you were born was one of the happiest of my life. I hope you understand the extent of that now. Thank You for all the good memories!
You are Forever in Our Hearts! XXXOOO
Your Aunt Steph
Oh John Francis - I can't say I never thought about the idea of losing you... I just never imagined this is how or when you would be taken...It was supposed to be a big wave or one of the other adventurous activities you talked about doing...that would have been a bit more OK
I see you everywhere....
I see you every time I look into the clouds, in the ocean, in nature, in the little boy riding a skateboard, in the ambulance driving by
I often times have to double take because I see you...
You will forever be:
-that tender, scared of the dark, 2 year old I would read the same book to every night, or for that matter you would recite to me from memorization: "I love you forever, I like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be"
-that persistent, 7 year old doing skateboarding tricks over and over in the alley on the ramps dad made you...360 kick flip...ollie....repeat
-that hardworking deckhand taking me out fishing at 4:30am taking care of me, showing me how to catch a yellowfin tuna, meanwhile helping customers and making friends with all
-that same pre-teen deckhand who would defend his older sister and friends with all his might, until he was shaking, when an older pig would make cat calls us girls.
-that teenager with a twinkle in his eye that wouldn't let me take his picture or would find a way to do something ridiculous to make everyone laugh
-that playful little brother that I could wrestle with forever and laugh with until he made me cry
-that witty sparing partner
-that loyal friend that I could just hang out with
-that attention seeking sibling that wanted to dominate the conversations with mom and dad
-that generous brother that always wanted to either give the very best christmas gifts or not show up at all and tell us not to give him anything
-that handsome 21 year old waxing surfboards and organizing fishing tools
-that loving uncle who cherished his sweet nieces and nephew
-that reliable friend that picked me up whenever I needed a ride driving nice and smooth, listening to Bob Marley, with the seats down in the back surfboard in tow
-that person I always hoped would answer the phone when I called home
-that 21 year old that didn't like to run but still went running with me right before we lost you....
You were never scared of death...it came too soon
You had a 1 track mind...
You said it like it was and weren't afraid to be honest
You make me scared to say goodbye to the ones I hold near and dear to my heart in fear that I may not see them again
You will always be one of my favorite people to be with...one of the most interesting at that
My favorite to defend
I will forever be proud of you and all of your accomplishments
I will forever try to be more like you in one way or another
Although you took a part of all of us with you that day, I will be at peace...
You are with me everyday...
Always in my mind
In my heart
In my tears
In my thoughts and prayers
I love you forever, I like you for always, as long as I'm living, my bro--bro you'll be
That last entry was from your Aunt Loretta,
I forgot to sign it...
It's hard to believe you left us 6 months ago,
Our hearts are forever broken, we miss you more than you could ever imagine, no jokin',
You've made dying seem less frightening , as the thought of seeing your sweet face again would be heart lightning,
and wrap our arms around you again would be eternally brightening .
We love you so much John.
It is now 6 months since you left. It feels like a long time & a short time all at the same time. I still cannot believe you are not coming back! We all think of you every day & miss you so very much! 'Til we meet again.......
XXXOOO Aunt Steph
We think of you and miss you every single day John. You are forever in our hearts. We love you.
God holds John tenderly in his hands as he always has. He holds John's family and friends closely too. May you all feel his loving presence every day. Our love and prayers are with you. I just read of John,s death today from Susie. Love, Minit
You left us 2 months ago today John. It hasn't gotten much easier yet but I'm beginning to understand. We all miss you and always will. XXXOOO Steph
Dear Jesus, Be not
to him a judge, but a Saviour,
Though many tears for him are shed,
Tho' hearts are rent with parting pain,
yet who'd recall the happy dead
or bring the blessed soul back again.
Ah why should we grieve that the spirit
has flown to the heaven of rest where no sorrow is known.
To The Gora Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Eelen announcing she was pregnant with John. Oh the excitement we saw in your family that day. I only remember John as a little baby. But I have seen through all the guest book entries and Facebook comments that he grew up to be a fine young man. I'm praying that God is with all of you during this sad time.
God bless you,
Albert & Eelen, Heather, Sarah, Daniel & Family, Although we have never met, we are relatives still. My family & I send our continued thoughts & prayers to each of you. We will all be together again, someday in paradise........in Heaven Above. Your Uncle Bart & Aunt Helen McKinnon's granddaughter.......Nancy & Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with the gora family
Happy belated John. You are still missed and loved by many.
John, My Son, Today is your Birthday.
The 26th of December, a day to remember.
We talked, we laughed and we surely played,
Oh how I wish You only had stayed.
But life is a gift and life is a mystery
And a man has left, only his history.
You gave it your all, as only you could.
You gave only the quarters that you thought you should.
Yet in the end, you were your own worst critic, while forgiving
Any offender and seeing in them, ... only Thier Good.
I was blessed to know you and to be your friend,
What more could I ask when faced with your end.
You left much to be proud of, your surely did.
Straight action you valued, your statements were big.
We'll carry on with your best, to honor your heart,
Your caring with fierce kindness to those you loved,
For that was you from the very start.
22 Candles for 22 years.
Hope it's a great party in heaven but we sure do miss you here on earth!!
On this your 22nd birthday, my heart is breaking.
So many conversations we never got to have.
Nothing I can write could express how sad and empty I feel today.
If I'd only known the depth of your grief, I'd have done all in my power to offer relief.
You hid it so well and on this you'd not want me to dwell.
Pain is all I feel as I keep wishing your absence wasn't real.
Do you know how many lives you touched? Did you know how many people loved you so much?
The memories I keep are all in my mind as I search my soul for more to find.
We never got to say good-bye and I guess we won't get to find out why.
My eyes fill with tears as I realize I shall miss you all thru the years!!!
XXXOOO Much Love Always,
aka: birthday buddy
John, there were so many avenues to explore, so much time left, so much to learn. We talked about so many things we could do with our lives and I looked forward to it. I respected so many things about you and I wish I told you more. I pictured us retired on an island somewhere, old and grumpy. We'll see each other again. Steve
Happy birthday Johnny...I hope the celebration up in heaven is wonderful. We miss you dearly. Love Aly xoxo
Mr. & Mrs Gora, I got your message, But did not get your email address so i can send my mailing address.
Please email me back, and i will send it to you.
To Eelen, Al, and "the kids"
Our hearts are broken over your loss of John. We are thinking about all of you each day, and know that you are in our prayers.
Charlie and Luke said that John was really cool and they loved wrestling with him and they are going to miss him.
I loved you since the day you were born-1 cousin to another
In fact I felt like you were more my little brother.
In your passing I find no reason, no rhyme
My biggest wish is that we just had more time.
You come from a family so loved and admired
It is commonly said how many they've inspired.
Unconditional love they gave to you somehow wasn't enough
I'm sorry your life still felt so tough.
You lived a life true to yourself
And that is the greatest kind of wealth.
You lit up a room by just walking in,
I loved to see your mischievous grin.
You were always so real and so true
That is something I truly admired in you.
The stories you would tell
You always told so well
Held captive by your tale
My laughter would never fail.
You fiercely protected those that you love
You were someone the world needs more of.
I felt safer knowing you were near
And now its my memories I hold so dear.
It was an honor to know you
And a privilege too
and now I am left feeling so sad and so blue.
Tears continue to fall like rain
My desire is to take away all of the pain.
If I could wipe it away from your heart I would
Erase it for your family if I could.
I wish you could know how much it is worth
If we could be with you longer on earth.
Waking up every day and wishing it was a bad dream
Hoping and praying things aren't as they seem.
In an effort to heal my broken heart
I am comforted to know we won't always be apart.
You and your family are in my thoughts every day
I only wish there was more I could say to take the hurt away.
A hole will forever be in my heart
But I will always do my part
To cherish your memory and hold you dear
With you protecting us from above we shall have no fear
For you have paved the way
And we shall all be together again one day.
I love you and I miss you.
You never said you're leaving
You never said goodbye
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knows why.
A million times I've missed you,
A million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly
In death I love you still
In my heart you hold a place,
That nobody could ever fill.
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn't go alone
For part of me went with you,
The day God took you home.
I love you and miss you so much Johnny boy. Love, Aunt Loretta
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
You were taken from us way too soon
Your precious age of only 21
We will never understand the "why"
You will be missed until the day we die
We love you more than words can say
And pray for strength each and every day
Now that you're with our loving Maker
Please pray for us to join you someday in God's Heavenly acres.
Your loving aunt and Godmother, Ella
Johnny, Johnny we love you so,
Your smile, your laugh, your easy way, you know.
Your courage, your caring, your friends, your daring.
Your giving, your living, your offending and forgiving.
Your company was rich and fun and full,
You were honest and blunt, no punches did you pull.
We shall hold dear to our hearts your unique and precious ways,
In our memory all of our remaining days.
Kindness, hardwork, loyalty, playfulness and all.
Your loving spirit, imagination and your thoughtfulness we'll hold,
To cherish and spread your manner so bold!
St. Vincent's Class of 2005 lights a candle for you.
John, I will never ever ever forget about you. I miss you more than anything. My heart pours out to the Gora family. JG is a legend and will forever be in our hearts.
love you so much !!
Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Gora family....all our love to each of you
The O'Dorisio Family
Dear Gora Family,
We are sending you love and prayers.
I was so sorry to hear the news of your great loss. While I can only imagine the enormity of your grief,I know there is little I can do to take it away. I want you to know that your pain is shared by so many and much love and prayers are being sent to you from us. May you find strength in God's love and comfort in the warm memories of your loving and precious son. Our deepest sympathies to you Albert, Eelan and all your family.
Love Celeste and family(Aunt Libby's daughter)
Dear Al and Eelen and family, we are so sorry to hear we lost one of Mission Hills kids. Our heart is filled with sorrow for each of you as you try to make your way without your boy. All we can think to do is say prayers. Julie and Caesar Oriol
Eelen, Al, and all of the Gora family, our hearts go out to you. The loss of John is so hard to accept, and we know you will miss him so very much. Take strength in your wonderful family, and many friends.
I can still remember getting to know John when he was one of "the boys" many years ago. He was full of spirit, and so happy to be part of such a great family. That is how I will remember him....sitting at the family table, with a big smile on his face.
Our best to all the family,
Love Bruce, Marcia, Sarah, Jenny and Emily
Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of John during this difficult time. May you find peace with each passing day, and know that John's legacy will live on in the lives touched during his time here on Earth and beyond.
Thanks for the laughs Johnny boy, miss your smile.
We feel blessed to have been fortunate enough to have known John, and every opportunity we have had to spend time with your family has always shown us what an immense amount of endless love you all have for one another. Thank you for allowing us to honor John's memory through the beautiful services you held for him at St. Vincents, and sharing with all of us the precious photos and memories of sweet John through the years. He certainly is surrounded by the angels and at peace, looking over all of you.
Love, Mando and Melissa Lopez
To John's Family: I am so shocked and saddened to learn of your loss. I remember John as a wee lad at First Communion and 8th grade photo sessions. He portrayed your ever present love even then. I am just so sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you face the days ahead. God bless. Meredith French
John, I consider myself fortunate to have met you. Your smile and good attitude was infectious. It was a pleasure to have worked with you at station 38. You will be missed by all of us up here and by the crew down at Pasquales. Rest in peace brother.
Al and Family-
I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved son and brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Al, Eelen and family, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gora Family. We hope that John is at peace, with Jesus holding him tight around his shoulders. We are sorry to have missed the services, we pray that you all also find peace in this trying time. God Bless you AL and Family.. Sherri Souza-Adams & Patrick Adams
Our prayers and thoughts are with all of the Gora family members. Everyone longtime resident in Mission Hills feels your loss. As does everyone in our family.
Lots of love and prayers, The O'Connor family
I will always remember you as fierce competition on the black top jungle (St. Vincent's parking lot) and in particular "cherry ball baseball." You were two years younger than me but definitely a better athlete, and you knew it hahaa. Thinking of you John G!
Our heartfelt sympathy to the Gora family with hope that your friends, family, the St. Vincent's community and your own faith will support you through this difficult time.
John your smile and kindness will be missed.
To the Gora Family,
Our hearts go out to you all. Hold those special memories close and feel comfort in knowing John is in good hands.
Craig and Sharon
I want to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I got such a kick hearing about John's exploits and adventures, on our morning rides. I truly wish I had seen the article sooner, so I could have attended the service, and offered your family my condolences in person.
Dear Al and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our son, Alan remembers the time he spent with John at CCHS. Our love to you all.
So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a great guy to fish with on the San Diego. He truly will be missed.
John, you were so entertaining to work with on the ambulance. It was such a treat to see you on calls even if it was just for a minute because it was so easy to make you smile. I'll miss hearing about your surfing adventures to Pasquales, and I'm so glad that you found something in life to which you had great passion. I just found out about your passing today and you'll truly be missed.
We will miss John but know he will continue to live within the family. May God Bless you. All our love, Stewart, Elinor, Patrick and Alicia Comer
Alan, Eelen Sara Heather& Daniel: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, i am so sorry about JOHN.
Eva Moreno ( DR JASON BROWN )
John to say you will be missed is an understatement. You were a kind soul and always had the biggest smile. Your attitude to help others was infectious. I am glad to have called you my friend even though it was for a short time. I will miss your stories and pictures of you surfing all over in perfect barrels and that is how I will remember you my friend.
Al,Im very sorry for your loss.My prayers will be for you and your family. Jim Roe
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
-The Apparito Family
Dear Gora Family,
We are heartbroken for you at the loss of your sweet son. Prayers and love to you all.
Joan and Steve Miller and all the family
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Steve (old m.h. guy who rides by the alley and makes your dogs bark.)
I just don't know how to express the sadness in my heart over the loss of such a bright and shinning soul. John always made work easier on my bad days. I'll miss you kiddo
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The value of great memories can't be emphasized enough; it seems you have a bunch of them to review.
Rest in peace Johnny. You will be missed.
Ben, Julie and Gianna Wood
Dear Gora Family,
Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your beloved John. What a handsome, talented, young man~
Thinking of you,
My whole family, Patrick and Brendan Erickson are with your family in your thought and prayers, Love always, Lea Ayers
To the Gora family , our heart felt sadness, your in our prayers. Cordelle family
Your smile and surf stories will stay with my heart forever buddy! You will be truly missed. May you rest in peace John.
Robert and I will always hold our memories of John and family close to our hearts. We have joyful memories of watching John play sports. We are heartbroken for you and for the loss of John.
Marcia and Robert
My heart is breaking for your loss of John. Sending prayers of comfort.
John was an amazing guy with the best personality I know, always looked forward to seeing him. My prayers go out to the family, and will miss John so terribly much.
Me and John were life long buddies. from t-ball to working on the boats. Had a lot of great times with you brother. And you will be missed dearly. I will celebrate your life, not moarn the end of it, like I know you would want us to do. Love you like a brother. Hope you found what you were looking for brother.
Left footprints in the sand and in the hearts of many...
You will be missed, John. You were such a nice guy! Always in our hearts. <3 I hope you are catching your dream waves now.
John touched the lives of thousands of people each year aboard my boat. " Rest in peace John , you will never be forgotten aboard the San Diego".
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Chuck and Maria Callaghan
Our sorrow and prayers go out to the Gora family. I didn't know John, but his dad Al has the spirit, strength and smile for all of us to admire. We're so sorry for your loss.
Even though he was better than a lot of the older guys in the water (me for sure), he always showed deep respect. Impressive...
Always looked forward to seeing John on the ambulance. We'll all miss him deeply!
I knew John and met John through work. Great friend and co-worker. His energy for work and commitment to the job was incrediably amazing. Always smiling, always making others happy. I am sad to hear of John's departure into the heavens. He touched many hearts, many souls, and the community has lost a great man and hero. Respectfully my thought and prayers go out to family and friends alike. JOHN I WILL MISS YOU, AND ALWAYS HAVE LOVE FOR YOU NO MATTER WHAT! GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE MY DEAR BROTHER! 11//21.2012 End of Watch Dedication and salute to John Gora
John, thank you for showing me how awesome it is to be an older sister. I will miss you dearly, but know you are in a better place. Rest in peace.
One of the coolest guys that I have ever worked with. He will be missed. Rest in Paradise brotha!!!
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.God Bless You.
We knew and loved John as a fine, dedicated young man and we will miss him more than we can say. Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
I enjoyed working with John on the boat San Diego. He was a great guy and hard worker that loved fishing. He will be missed!!!! Larry