Pam: my thoughts are with you. How often I have thought of you and Jon these past few years. I can still see him sitting in Molly's workshop and reading at Jimmy's in Hyde Park.
Jon sat across the aisle from me in the Chicago Tribune newsroom for many years. He was often subjected to spirited telephone conversations I became engaged in whenever City Hall or school board officials called and tried to kill a story on deadline -- enough to infuriate any reporter worth his or her ink. I felt bad a few times exposing my closest colleagues to such rough-and-tumble exchanges, especially with Jon because he was so gentlemanly and courtly. But I was wrong: he loved overhearing every minute of it and smiled my way approvingly. One of the best compliments I've ever gotten. We had great talks across the aisle. We will all miss him -- and his sensitive writing.
In this time of celebrating and remembering beloved Jon, we would like to express our deepest sympathy and wish strength to family and friends.
David and Emily Zappulla
Dearest Pam: Thank you for bringing Jon into our lives. The kids adored him and so did we. He was such a joyful presence, always ready with a smile and a story. I half expected him to offer up a toast at Kiki's today. That's how strong his life force is. You and all of Jon's loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.
jon was a natural gentleman with a wicked sense of humor and fun without being mean. we shared a lot of great talk and adventures. an excellent writer with high ethical standards, the best of him was his infectious twinkle. i miss him
As my older brother, Jon had a tremendous influence on who I am today. He broke the path for me in many ways, and over the last 25 years, we became very close. Jon always wanted to know where my pin was on the map, always was excited to hear and share what we were doing, and Jon was always in my corner.
If Jon could say something to us now, he would probably say in his always optimistic way, "I'm in a good place, and everything is just as it should be"
But I will miss him,
His brother Derek
Dear Pam: My heart weeps with Jon's passing, both for you and the many lives he touched. He was a gentle man -- a gentleman -- always quick with a kind word, a beaming smile, no matter what. I was shocked one day to see him slumped in a wheelchair, pale, being rushed out to the hospital because of a chemo reaction. I wouldn't have believed he noticed me, yet when he was set aright and soon back on his feet he approached me in our lobby and thanked me for my concern, assuring me he was doing better and on the mend. I was so touched by this and always by his thoughtfulness and gentle ways. They are your own ways, too, and I am so happy that the two of you found each other and had these years together. I will hold you and Jon in my prayers forever. God bless you.
Pamela....I will miss my good friend, Jon.
My family extends our sympathy to you.
Lowell B. Komie
So very sorry to hear this news. Our family was very close with his son Jon and first wife Jennifer back at Crilly Court.
Pamela we are so sorry. We cherish our memories of Jon. We will always remember your devotion and love of one another and shared joie de vivre
I am so sorry for your loss. God is the source of life. The One who gave life to all living persons is capable of restoring life to someone who has died. Psalm 36:9. How comforting this is!
I am so sorry about your loss. During this difficult time only God can give us the love and peace that we need. I hope that time can heal the pain that you and your family are going through. 1John 4:8 says God is love. He will help you get through this during this sad time.
My prays are with you and the Family. I only got to meet Jon once on Goree Island in Senegal and he left me with such a wonderful impression that I will never forget of a man so tender and true. I do not know if you recall our meeting through Wilma. I was that Peace Corps Volunteer in her 60's helping the community unite. Jon and you were that beautiful couple that gave joy to everyone you met. I will never forget that meeting, he will always be with us in spirit. Much Love …
Florence Ghoram Patterson (AK: Salimata BA, Mama Africa)
Brasher Falls, New York
Pamela, I am, on the one hand saddened that we've lost such a kind, generous man, and on the other hand really happy that you two had the time that you did. You are in my prayers. Jonesetta
I am so sorry, Jon was a real class act. Before I retired in '99 we sat near each other in the city room.
Anyone who knew and loved Jon is sorry they will never hear another one of his outrageous stories: he could barely hold back his own laughter. So kind, funny, knowing. He was a tremendous influence on me when I was first finding may way in journalism. Nobody did it better. I am so sorry for your loss.
I don't remember a single time that Jon wasn't smiling. I'm sure that he had his aches and pains; but, he never let on that he was in any discomfort or
too preoccupied to give one a smile. If I add only a one word to describe him, it would be "distinguished".
We are so sorry for your loss, and will uphold your family in prayer.
Allen and Suzanne Stryczek