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November 19, 2019

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September 11, 2019
18 years you have been gone. You are in my heart for all the days of my life. I miss you and so often think, I need to call Jonny and tell him about ................. but you are not here for me to call. Rest easy my dear friend.
September 13, 2018
Missing you much, Jon!
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September 13, 2018
So many years have past yet it feels like yesterday since you were cruelly taken from us. I keep seeing you at the door as I opened it and saw you standing there with that huge smile of yours and your gaze into my eyes said it all. All the years we knew each other and the special love we had for each other showed in your loving gaze. I so wish I could open the door and see you standing there again. You were taken too young from this world. You had so much more life to give to all that knew you. I miss you my friend so very much. Special people like you do not come along very often. l
September 11, 2018
My last meeting w/ Jon, shortly before 9/11, was, as it turned out, beyond poignant.

We became friends during college, he a central and beloved member of a friend group which had kindly embraced me, a weekend refugee from another upstate university which hadnt yet, unlike Harper College, stridently started a Gay Lib group, a designation which now almost seems quaint.

That formative period in the early 70s was nothing less than wonderful. This friend group, thick as thieves, smart as whips, cosmopolitan and savvy, Out & Proud all rightly regarded Jon as a sort of anchor. As most others of the posse would be periodically engulfed in the usual college age drama and angst Jon remained the adult in the room. For this, and his six pack hehe, he was admired.

We hadnt seen each other since college days when we bumped into each other on the street probably in 2000 or so. It was amazing,,he hadnt changed one iota,,, both pleasantly amazed at the coincidence we agreed to meet soon after for a catch up visit. It became quickly clear during that visit at my loft in the E. Vill there was much sad news to share. As it happened, EVERY single one of the posse had been lost to the epidemic. Our reunion took on the vibe of two war survivors who had miraculously crossed paths. We toasted with a mix of guilty relief and sadness at being the sole survivors of what was a really special group of talented young guys.

I learned of Jons death in a similarly serendipitous way; a casual conversation, many months after 9/11 with a gym acquaintance whod mentioned, to my shock and amazement, that not only that he knew Jon and I were old friends but that Jon had been in the wrong place at a terrible time.

So on this anniversary I clink a virtual tearful toast to Jon and the rest of that splendid group of young men.

Sad sad sad day.
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