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March 22, 2014
Fr John , I miss you.
March 19, 2014
Thank You Fr. John for caring about a stupid little kid from nowhere that was going nowhere. I treasure every moment of your gentle guidance and prayed for you often (as I know you did for me). I feel profound loss at learning of your passing today. I told you I wanted to believe and you delivered.
February 27, 2014
Today is the anniversary of the day you spoke to me with the wisest of words. You would be proud. 26 years. I miss you.
November 27, 2013
First saw Fr John in the hallway of Holy Cross Mt. View CA took my breath away. Most handsome man I've ever seen. Kept in touch for over 20 years. Sorry to hear of his passing.
November 20, 2013
Thanks for the getting us in. We were visiting Notre Dame in Montreal, I dropped your name and they waved the fee. Your 1st miracle. Think of you often.

Cousin Vinny
November 20, 2013
Rest in Peace my friend...
November 20, 2013
Always remember the Spanish class you taught us at St. Anthony High School in Washington DC..Later you told me you were winging it and did not know how to speak Spanish...that was back in 1968. Dan Dimmick
October 06, 2013
Thought about you all day yesterday. It was a beautiful day, weather was perfect and as you know, the Island of Capri was blessed with your spirit. It's been a year and my faith tells me that you are at peace.
September 17, 2013
Father Bitterman and I first met in a History Class his first year at St. Joseph's Seminary. I remember this like it was yesterday because my twin brother Don had Father Bitterman in a morning class and Don was always a cut-up and Father thought I was the same guy in the afternoon class. I couldn't figure out why he gave me such a hard time the first week! He then saw Don and i together and put two and two together. I'll never forget the look on his face! We had a great time after that. I was fortunate to be able to stay in touch with John the last few years and will always remember John as a great teacher,confessor, and friend. God Bless you John
September 03, 2013
Father John spoke first at my evaluation to be ordained a priest for Oakland and because of his aloha and eloquence I was approved 13-0. At St. Patrick's he was a special friend and trusted confidant. My life was/is so much richer because of him. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers. I was hoping to invite him to my parish in Hawaii. God Bless his good and noble servant.
August 28, 2013
We who were students at St. Anthony's High School in Washington, DC during the late '60's are grateful to have had Fr. (Mr.) Bitterman as part of our lives, too.
-Aetna Thompson, Silver Spring, MD
August 19, 2013
Fr John,

I have been thinking a lot about you the last few weeks. 22 years ago we first met and since that time you have always been a part of my life and a great influence. I miss our weekly meetings and when you left Zambia, our weekly email exchange. In you I had someone I could always talk to knowing, I would recieve a challenge or a word of encouragement. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. I miss you Father.
July 17, 2013
You've been in my thoughts so much lately. Summertime always reminds me of homemade ice cream (we never did perfect that); tanning competitions; All My Children; and the many looks you gave me that said "another triple F". Oh, and by the way, I am tanner than you. God bless you my "godfather".
May 26, 2013
I still miss you every day
May 03, 2013
Thinking of you today at peace and with The Lord !
March 10, 2013
You gave me a life John & you have been alway like parent to me.i thank God that we shared good moments in zambia,lusaka & you will always remain in myheart.RIP Papa.Alan you called me Stud.
March 04, 2013
You shall forever remain in my mind through all that you taught me. I am what i am because of you.
December 27, 2012
How well I remember the friendship I had with Father John. Somewhere out there are men,who as St. Francis High students, thought they could "get back at Father" for giving them Saturday detention. They came dressed as elves since it was Christmas time. Father did one better; he sent them out to Miramonte to sweep, in full view of passing cars! Rest in peace friend.
carol HC grad '69
November 02, 2012
Your annual Birthday wishes and occasional lunches will be very much missed. God Bless.
October 29, 2012
I had the blessing of staying in touch with Fr. John over the years. From the days of the (unwelcomed) constant visits to the his office to the detention punishments of washing his camero to the email updates of our lives, Fr. John will always be remembered for shaping all of our futures in a positive way. When asked how he was doing, he always replied, "The Dean is always fine". I am sure that holds true today in his final journey to heaven. We will miss you Padre...keep watching over us.
October 23, 2012
Sorry, forgot to add my contact information below for the last message about me being at Lewis and Clark.
October 23, 2012
Sometimes mentors help you go where you never would have imagined going. At this moment, I am in a faculty meeting at Lewis and Clark College, in Portland Oregon, and we have been given the prompt to write for four minutes about a significant mentor in our lives. Fr. John was just that for me. Out of the blue, I received an invitation from Fr. John when I was a senior at Cal in 1980. I had only a vague idea that I was going to be a "craftsman" after I left college that year. But then I got a Birthday note from Fr. John that ended with "P.S. Do you want to come teach for me in LA?" With that invitation, my road changed and it has wandered over many years to arrive where I sit now, as a full professor at LC who considers himself at heart to be a teacher. Thank you, Fr John for seeing in me what I wan't able to see in myself. I commit to doing the same for those I can mentor too.
October 23, 2012
Ft. John you will be missed. Thank you for the years of friendship, debate and advice. From your years in Africa to the safety of St. Francis you always made time for friends with an open heart and mind. Rest in peace my friend.
October 22, 2012
Father Bitterman was one of the teachers/mentors that I remember fondly from my days at St. Francis in the late 70's.. He was an inspiration to everyone who walked into his classroom or office if you had the "fortunacy" of seeing the Dean of Men. I loved his suits on Friday-- always fashionable and the camaro. It made him very approachable. God Rest his soul. THere is no question he is with the Lord.
October 18, 2012
Father John Bitterman was a teacher of mine from the age of 14 to 53. For close to 40 years we remained friends through letters and e mails. I will miss your wisdom and kind words that always comforted me when I needed guidance. The only Priest who listened to my confessions while walking around the SFHS campus and 35 years later in a Southern California restaurant. I feel blessed to have known you my very special friend.
October 18, 2012
I am deeply indebted to Father Bitterman. I have a picture of the Father and myself standing under the big tree on the football field immediately after graduation that means so much to me. Just before that picture was taken Father looked at me and said “we did it”. His care, love and immense patience helped me to become not only a Saint Francis graduate but he also helped with the foundation that made me the husband, father and man I am today. Almost 25 years after that picture I emailed him and he remembered everything about me and our time together. He reminded me of conversations that we had and how he understood me. I know the Father would understand when I say, I never could have beat you at king of the mountain. Father Bitterman will always have a very very special place in my heart. God bless you Father
October 18, 2012
Thank you Father Bitterman for being such a wonderful mentor, friend and all round great guy! You have inspired so many including me. I will never forget the time we were planning a pancake breakfast for the SFHS senior class ('76) and trying to work the time around mass and the one hour fast before communion. Father Bitterman looked surprised and asked “They still do that?!” Of course that was followed by a lesson about understand the traditions of the church and why we honor them. Father Bitterman taught us to think about, question and to truly understand the world around us. You are a great friend and I am glad that we stayed in touch over the years. Having you officiate at mom's funeral was a comfort and something I will always be grateful for. Although you are gone from this world you will never leave our hearts and we are all better because you have been in our lives.
October 18, 2012
Father John was a wonderful teacher and he made AP History a class that I will never forget. While working as a waitress during college one summer, Father John came into the restaurant and with a calm yet assertive demeanor stated to me, "I assume you are only working here for the summer?" This was quickly followed by "And you are attending college where? And studying what area?" "And graduating when?" I will never forget you, Father John.
October 18, 2012
Father Bitterman was an amazing man, whose time here on Earth was a gift to all who knew him. He will be missed. May you rest in divine peace. You certainly deserve it.
October 18, 2012
Thank you Padre for all you have done for me. I will always remember your fair and balanced approach and hope to emulate those same qualities in my life. Breakfast at Bob's Big Boy was never quite the same after HS. By the way I dont need a haircut...It all fell out!
October 18, 2012
The last time I saw Fr. Bitterman was at my 20th HS reunion. I sat with him and we chatted for a bit. In high school, he always had time for me. He so enjoyed being part of the SF community. He was engaging and nurturing. Fr. John will always be part of my SF memories. I know his eternal rest will be peaceful and amongst loving souls.
Karen Colina Farrell, Class of '76
October 18, 2012
Father John
May God bless you always. You will be missed by all you have touched
October 18, 2012
I met Father John at a retreat when I was 14 years old. He made quite an impression on me and my fellow classmates, so much so, that later in years, he was the obvious choice to officiate at my wedding. We have all lost a great man, and a wonderful friend. He's definitely in heaven with the saints.
October 18, 2012
Although I met him at St. Francis, I'll never forget running into him at an ice hockey rink in Stockton one afternoon. He was there to see a relative playing on a team that was playing against my team. I ran into him in the lobby after the game and he recognized me from school. After asking me which number I was his immediate tongue-in-cheek response was "oh, the goon!" From that day onward when we crossed paths at school I was "the goon". Brian Bull ('89)
October 18, 2012
John,
To all our many talks and laughs together. For officiating over my wedding and blessing my children.
Thank you.
May the Lord bless and keep you.
Peace,
Pat McCrone Kersting
class of 72 Holy Cross
October 18, 2012
Father John was a great inspiration and an encouragement to me. I will miss you. May His Soul Rest in Enternal peace. Never got a chance to say bye.
October 18, 2012
I had Fr. Bitterman as a teacher and dean at SFHS. He told the class once that we may fall away from the Faith for awhile in college, etc., but that we would come back once we had kids. He said that with a smile...a sign of truth and humor. I'll always remember his firm, but gentle guidance. May God hold you in his heart now, Father. You are missed.
October 18, 2012
Father John was an amazing man. In addition to being an excellent History teacher, keeper of various tales of "Herbie, The Talking Lamp", and Dean of Men, I was impressed by his efforts to stay in touch for decades after my time at St. Francis - the obligatory birthday e-mail along with other occasional communications that usually began with "Something happened yesterday that brought you to mind....". From reading through the other comments, he obviously did the same for thousands of other former students. He clearly touched and influenced many lives for the better - a hallmark of a life well lived and a Lord well served by Father John.

Gary Massard, Class of 1979
October 17, 2012
Father Bitterman touched the lives of many students over the years at St. Francis High School; he sought the best for each. My husband, Don, and I found inspiration in his intellectual homilies at St. Nicholas Church in Los Altos. May peace be with him in his heavenly home.
Jo Palermo, Faculty 1977-96.
October 17, 2012
Father John our paths never crossed after leaving St. Francis however we corresponded for a time and I often wondered about your journeys that took you around the world. I did keep you in my prayers as I know you did for me. For that I am eternally grateful and I will always remember those special times early in both of our lives that you guided me towards success and being a better man. God will bless you always my friend and know that you really did live an extraordinary life! Always, Louis
October 17, 2012
Many thanks to Fr. John for his service in the Lord and for making a difference in so many lives in the SFHS community, as well as his other ministries. I will remember his kind, yet assertive voice, and warm smile. May he rest in everlasting peace.
October 17, 2012
I met Father John as a Freshman in 1976. As one of 13 non-Catholic's that St. Francis accepted into the Class of 1980 Father John reached out to me from day 1 and guided me to faith and the blessing of Christianity. He baptized and confirmed me my Sr. year, the night of our bachelorette Mass, and we remained close friends for next the 32 years. My fondest memories of Father John were our long walks around the seminary where he taught me what it meant to trust and have faith in the Lord.
October 17, 2012
Father John was a great man and I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet him and keep in touch after I graduated.I'll miss the b-day cards, but my b-day will remind of him.
October 17, 2012
Father John was a great man. He guided me through many rough spots at SF. I will cherish those memories forever. He is "Home" now watching over us all. God bless him.
October 17, 2012
That ever present, contented grin!
October 17, 2012
We will miss you Father Brother John.
October 17, 2012
Father John, rest in peace. Thanks for your service and friendship, I will miss you. Miranda Ow, St. Francis High School, 1980
October 17, 2012
On behalf of the Montalvo Family we sorry to hear about the passing of Father John Bitterman. We know that he is at peace now and is at home with our Lord. Bob 78, Steve 79 and Greg 81 will be in attendance.
October 17, 2012
I was student at SFHS until 1980 and have fond memeories of Father Bitterman all of which enhanced my life. Some of the more memborable memeories are Saturday morning cleaning duties (Fun!), sitting in his office after school, and having long talks about life and school. I also remember him being a cool Priest for driving a Camero. God Bless and RIP Father.
October 17, 2012
Father John was a fine priest and a good man. it was my honor to serve as an alter boy for him in the 70's at St. Nicholas and to have him as a Dean at St. Francis my freshman year. May he rest in eternal peace
October 17, 2012
I attended Saint Francis from 1974-1978 and Father Bitterman was a part of our Lancer family. He will certainly remain in my heart forever.
October 17, 2012
Like others here, I remember Fr. John from St Francis High School, and also from St Nicholas church in Los Altos, California. A good man and an excellent priest. May our Lord grant him everlasting life.

Pax et Bonum.
October 17, 2012
God gave Fr. Bitterman wonderful gifts and blessings which he used beautifully during his time here on earth. He is now home in the arms of our Lord and is receiving his just reward for the work he did here and ALL the lives he touched. I will always remember fondly our talks during my high school years and many years after graduation. My deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones.
October 17, 2012
Some of my fondest memories at SF were of Father John. He always took the time to mentor me and challenged me on the choices I made. He was a great asset in shaping the lives of so many young men.
October 17, 2012
Father Bitterman provide inspiring stories of peace, love, and respect. His words of wisdom will go on forever in my heart. May he rest in peace.
October 17, 2012
I loved playing Trivial Pursuit with Father Bitterman. I once succesfully corrected him in class and he never made me pay for it. He called Kathryn Houston good queen Kate and took notice when Stephen Morais hair was "disheveled." I learned that word that day. Such a memorable man and teacher. I smile thinking of him and my year in his history class.
October 17, 2012
Father Bitterman was my teacher and an excellent listener at St. Francis HS. He made a true impact on my religious beliefs that I carry with me today.

God Bless.

Diane, class of 1976
October 17, 2012
Thank you Father John for all your service and caring over the years. Your support for me kept me in line and helped me grow. I will miss you but am glad you are with our Lord now for all eternity.
October 17, 2012
Their are few who really stand out as teachers and mentors, and Father Bitterman was certainly one of those few. Class of '75
October 17, 2012
Fr. john was my counselor my sophomore year, and after 20 minutes talking to me, told me I was the most cynical person he'd ever met. And he was going to change that. He did.
October 17, 2012
The Saint Francis Community and many other communities have lost a strong pillar. I attended SF between 78-82,
my fondest memory was how scared I was as a Freshman attending a Varsity Football game and all I needed to do was to go to the bathroom. Father Bitterman was the Dean of Students and he stood at the end of the bleachers with his arms folded and a stern look and would ask any student that even tried to leave the bleachers were they were going and why? I told him I just neeed to use the restroom, he said "get back here fast" I believe I ran! He was tough but fair and had the respect of all that he came in touch with. I was on his long list of Birthday Card recipients'. I am going to miss Father Bitterman but your life lessons will never be forgotten.
October 17, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with Father Bitterman's family. He will surely be missed as he was loved by many and touched so many hearts. He married my husband and I 35 years ago and never forgot our anniversary. He was such a special person, a positive influence and a caring soul. May he now find peace, comfort and eternal happiness. We were all fortunate to have had him in our lives.
Respectfully,
Linda Guslani Stratton
Class of '73
October 17, 2012
I have wonderful memories from my four years at Saint Francis with Father Bitterman. I am sure he tired of seeing me in his office, the fact is, I enjoyed our visits…Though sometimes stern, he was fair, very caring, positive and always offered sound advice. I feel blessed to have known him these many years, may God rest his soul.
October 17, 2012
Dear Family,
He was my Dean, teacher, and friend. A person who made as much time for you as you needed. He is greatly missed.
October 17, 2012
Sening love and light to the families and friends of Father Bitterman. He was a guiding force in manys. I appreciate the way he got us to understand the right way.
October 17, 2012
I remember Fr Bitterman well. He was an unique person.It marks the passage of time. He is in heaven now, God bless him!!
October 17, 2012
I met Fr. Bitterman before he came to St Francis. When he came to St Francis, he remembered me-teased me about that, but remembered. What a fantastic man and what a great loss! He will be missed.
October 17, 2012
Father B was my dean from '77-'80, and although polarizing, I was always on his good side!....RIP Father B!...Bob Weber '80
October 17, 2012
I attended Saint Francis in the 80s along with both of my brothers. Father Bitterman was an important figure to all of us during our time at SF and afterwards. I will always remember the way he would look somewhat sideways at me and say "hello Miss Morze" in a way that implied that he wasn't quite sure what it was, but he knew I was up to something. This always made me feel not like he was watching out for me but rather watching over me. He had a way of imparting the importance of respect on all of us for each other in a quiet but impactful way. He touched many many lives.
October 17, 2012
Father Bitterman was certainly a friend, mentor and confidante to so many. I have wonderful memories of him from my years at St. Francis: his quick wit, his sly looks when he knew he was reaching you on some level, his firm but caring discipline, his delightful teaching style. I enjoyed his wonderful letters and emails from Zambia and other places. I will always keep him in my memory and keep his words of wisdom at hand.
October 17, 2012
Family and friends of Father John, we will miss him, and celebrate his life by carrying on in his footsteps = fairness and respect for others, a caring personal sentiment and prayer on birthdays and anniversaries even for those maybe not so in touch, a cheer for grit and determination to an underdog, a challenge when one gets a bit too conceited, and a keen ear when someone needs to talk. I'm sure he wants to be remembered as a person who cared that just so happened to be a Catholic priest, and if I know him, he's figured out a way to send some emails with good wishes long after his homecoming! God Bless.
October 17, 2012
Father Bitterman influenced everyone he came into contact with. He had a tremendous impact on my life at a time when a young man needed assistance in finding the right path. In fact, I can say that I would not be where I am today without his counsel, his caring, and his belief in me. Fortunately, our relationship lasted well past his time at Saint Francis. Father John will be missed.
October 17, 2012
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Father Bitterman. My husband and I went to SF when he was teaching (class of 75). We were married in l980 and Father John married us. We have been married almost 33 years and he always said when he married couples they stayed married! Another wonderful side of Father John was no matter where he was in the world, around our anniversary we received a card or postcard or letter from him, telling us about his work and wishing us a Happy Anniversary. Later in life it was email! God Bless.
October 17, 2012
We will miss him. Heremains a deep link to St.Francis in my memories of the school.
October 17, 2012
I have very fond memories of Father Bitterman. He was a great man and helped my growth at St. Francis. He will be missed.
October 17, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of Father Bitterman's passing. His was one of my favorite classes. I also remember teasing him about his car at the time. It was a Gremlin and I thought it looked like a high top tennis shoe.

He will be missed. I hope he didn't suffer in the end.

Martha Sullivan
October 17, 2012
Fr Bitterman will be missed. I was a student at SFHS while he was Dean of Men. We all had tremendous respect for you. It was always good to see you at St Simons during the holidays. You will be missed. May you rest in peace.
October 17, 2012
I have always had great memories of Father Bitterman. I will miss his annual birthday cards and his sage advise. I echo all of the comments that have been posted in regards to what he accomplished in his life. He left an amazing legacy and was truly a servant of Christ! Many times in my job as Principal and teacher I think of the talks he had with me and how i can apply them today. His legacy will live on in all the lives he shaped in his years at SF. Thank you Father B! As I am sure he heard when he met Jesus, "Well done good and faithful servant".
October 17, 2012
Very sorry to hear of this lose to the St Francis High School community. I have many fond memories of my years as a student. Father Bitterman was one of the many invaluable role models / teachers / mentors at SFHS. I still remember Father Bitterman greeting me as I entered the 100 building, he wished me a happy birthday, I was so impressed he even knew who I was as a freshman, let alone my birthday. I did pay a few visits to his office over the years, when he was the Dean of Men. One of my punishments was to meet him over several lunch periods where we played a little water basketball game he had while we talked. Great teacher that truly cared, perfect fit at SFHS.
October 17, 2012
While I did not attend under Father John, I am saddened to hear of his passing. Many prayers.
October 17, 2012
I attended St. Francis High School, Mt. View during Fr. John's time there in the mid '70's. He has been a friend for over 35 years and I will certainly miss him. He was a calm voice in life and I will always carry him in my heart. Fr. John educated the hearts and minds of thousands of us and for that, we will always be grateful.
October 15, 2012
Dear Family

My deepest sympathy for the loss of Father John. I was fortunate enough to cross paths with Father "Bit" as my History teacher at St Joseph's High School Seminary in Mountain View Ca. His encouragement, enthusiasm and teaching style could never be duplicated. He was an inspiration to us all.

Vince Simpson
H.S. Class of 72
October 15, 2012
I met Fr John in 1991 at Emmaus Seminary in Lusaka, Zambia. He remained an influential person in my life and other than my parents was a key parental figure to me. When I left the seminary in 1999 he was my pillar of strength. He married Lauzi and remained a part of our lives, always. I will miss him. My mentor, my friend, my Father, rest in peace.
October 15, 2012
I will remember Fr. John for his many inspiring homilies both at St. Francis High School in Mountain View in the late 70s and at St. Nicholas Church in Los Altos. Fr. John had a way of rescripting scripture into the context of modern life by drawing analogies to every day experiences with meaning and relevancy. He married my wife, Noanie, and I in 1985. Like so many on this blog have mentioned, Fr. John sent us an anniversary card every year to wish us well and pass on a few words of strength and encouragement. And when the internet and email came along, he kept in touch 3-4 times each year, sharing an anecdotal story about people he ministered or daily life. May he rest in peace.
October 14, 2012
RIP Father John. You shaped many men's lives while at NDHS, including mine. Thank you.
October 12, 2012
I also went to St. Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. And while I never really got in trouble, I was scared to death that the Dean of Men named Father "Bitterman." Though I never knew the man, I'm moved by the voices of my classmates. He must have been a remarkable person.
October 10, 2012
Father John was the Dean of Men at Saint Francis HS while I attended 1978-82. I spent a few Saturdays with him while at SF, washing and waxing his car, cleaning up the school, and other detention type activities. Father John was always fair, always had time to talk, and always had a kind word. He also married my wife and I, and like others have said, we always recieved a mailed card from him on our anniversary. Father John will be missed by all that he came in contact with throughout his life.
October 10, 2012
Father Bitterman also married my wife Christy and I as well. In addition, we also witnessed Chris and Deanna's wedding. Father Bitterman left a hugh impression on me. I will never forget kneeling in front of him and listening to his words of wisdom on my wedding day. Plus, his fatherly advice in my high school years. His memory and advice will always be remembered
October 10, 2012
I graduated from St. Francis in 1978 and had Fr. Bitterman as a teacher. I remember his sense of humor and especially his stories about the rats in New York City. I didn't keep in touch with him after High School, but I always remembered him fondly. My thoughts are with all his family.
October 10, 2012
Father John was the Dean of Men at Saint Francis HS while i attended 1976-1980. He was tough but fair and cared about all the students. For as long as i can remember, he sent me a note on my birthday....an actual card before the internet. When my father passed away we talked! It was comforting. He expressed fond memories of my Dad! He told me that i was nobody's boy anymore! it was my time to step up! I loved him!
October 10, 2012
Fr John was my English & Liturgy professor at Emmaus Spirituality Centre, Lusaka Zambia between 1998 and 1999. He was a great teacher. I'll greatly miss him. M.H.S.R.I.P.
October 09, 2012
Father John married my wife Deanna and I. He leaves a lasting impression on me. At our wedding he said, Give 90% and expect 10% from each other and your marriage will last forever. Great advice from a man who did the same with everyone he met. He will be missed.
October 09, 2012
There has always been, and always will be a special place in my heart for Father Bitterman. He was kind, empathetic and handsome :) He was my favorite HS teacher and although I never married, I grew up wanting him to perform the ceremony. My favorite memory of him is when he came from some meeting one morning, approached me and said "Would you PLEASE get this thing off me??", referring to a white carnation pinned to his shirt. He then gave the flower to me, which was a simple but moving gesture to a lonely, awkward girl. He was the "cool" priest, and had a wonderful, dry sense of humor. I remember him talking openly about his life before priesthood, and the role his strong faith played in guiding his life choices. He was truly inspiring, and I take great comfort in knowing he is now in the comforting arms of the Lord he loves so much.
October 09, 2012
Dear Family,
I also attended St. Francis H.S. in the late 70's early 80's..... Lets just say that I often heard the "come to my office immediately, if not sooner.", announcement over the school PA system. I must have been put on this earth to test Fr. Bittermans patience. Boy did he command respect! Fr. Bitterman is a good man and I was fortunate to have been disciplined by him on many occasions.

Rest in Peace Fr. Bitterman and thank you.
October 09, 2012
I too was one of Fr Johns students back in the 1980s at NDHS. I always admired and respected. Kept in touch with him during his missionary times and last saw him while going through Baltimoreon my way back from the desert war in 2008. He will be missed.
October 09, 2012
I, too, was one of Fr. John's students. He became a very important person to my family, presiding over at least one marriage of one of the eight Quinn siblings. He was among the smarter people I knew, and, to this day, the best homilist I ever heard. His masses were what led me to understand the importance of our Lord Jesus Christ in my life. While I lost touch with him in recent years, I, too, was the recipient of many a birthday wish, always reminding me that Father John was keeping track of, and praying for me.
Well done good and faithful servant! You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.
October 09, 2012
I was on the faculty at St. Francis HS when Fr. John was campus minister. His homilies were always "right on."

May he now be enjoying that beautiful life for which we are all created!
Br.John McLaughlin, CSC
October 09, 2012
We send our prayers. We appreciate his service at Holy Cross schools, and his friendship with all the Brothers over many years.
October 09, 2012
As a former student, he made a big impact in my life. A man who commanded complete respect, rarely raising his voice...but deep down you knew he cared. Go with God, Father and know that you definitely made a mark on many of us and all of us are grateful for it.
October 08, 2012
Dear Family,
Fr John was the Dean of Boys at St Francis High School, Mtn View, when I attended in the 1980s. Although I never heard my name over the announcements to "come to my office immediately, if not sooner.", and didn't spend as much time with him as now I wish I had, I somehow managed to get on his "birthday list" along with so many other students from each school he worked. I know that because a friend of mine from college also commented about getting a birthday greeting from Fr John every year after attending a high school in Southern California.

Perhaps the most incredible thing I wanted to share with you was that for all the "anonymity" of my relationship with him, Fr John always seemed to know a lot about me. The last time he presided over mass at St Simon Parish, long after I had "lost touch" he told me after mass that my e-mail address bounced back to him 3 years prior and I owed him my new one. Wow!

In that moment with him, I realized the great power of God....For if Fr John knew that much about me, imagine how much God must know! Indeed, Fr John was a messenger of God here on earth. I am better for having met him and hope you know that there are many others like me who would say the same thing, if given the chance.

May God bless you all.
October 08, 2012
Dear Susan and family,
I ministered with your dear brother and uncle at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, CA, where he was the Dean of Men and I was the Dean of Women. Your brother and uncle was a caring, genuine gentleman and priest who cared deeply about those with whom and to whom he ministered--I am sure not only at St. Francis High School, but in all the different ministries where he shared life and the mission of Jesus. John was a dear friend of Holy Cross Sisters, Brothers and Priests in many places. May you be comforted, knowing that your brother and uncle enjoys the fullness of God's love, even as you miss his presence here. I have just learned of John's death and wish to offer my deepest sympathy and loving prayers, Sr. Joanne Bauer, CSC
October 07, 2012
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
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