I will always remember John's intense conversations with me about the Lord. And all the laughter we shared together. .. In deepest sorrow, love always, Maggie. .
My beloved art teacher, your notes of encouragement to the last will be sorely missed. You had a hand in the artist I have become and I am forever grateful. RIP John Just.
Deborah Gale Tirico
Dear Sandy, Becky & Tim,
it is so dicciult to express my deep sorrow at the loss of my beloved teacher from the old Hartford High, but more so, the friendship we established and cultivated since 1958 was such a wonderful and everlasting gift as we saw each other frequently and stayed in touch in many ways and I was proud that he and your Mom were able to be at our wedding in 2001. I have written of the influence Mr. Ellis had on me as a youngster from Italy (where he had served in WW II) trying to be an artist and he pushed me to my limits. He will be always remembered by me and my entire family who first had the pleasure and honor to meet him at our home so long ago. He left a wonderful legacy and remains one of the best of the greatest generation. God Bless you all and keep you in this period of sorrow. Rest in Peace, Mr. Ellis.
Your forever student,
Sandra, Becky, and Tim, I am very sorry of the loss of your Father, John. I saw him many times at Valley Baptist Church where I go many Sundays...
John left behind a dual legacy. He was an accomplished artist/teacher to be sure. But in addition, he left behind several generations...children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who all owe their very existence to him. One day, all will be reunited but for now he can be reunited with his departed wife. Fly high, John!
It is so hard to let go of people... but John's paintings, of trees in particular, will continue to be enjoyed by many. He was so kind to me when I joined the Hugh family. The world needs more characters like him - people who are happy to see and embrace all the colors of the world. He loved his family proudly. I send each of you my best.
I remember Mr. Ellis from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford where he taught art classes in the 1950's every Saturday morning. He was a very kind teacher, soft spoken and always encouraging, one of only a few teachers I will never forget. My memories of that entire experience including sitting outside on warm days, pad and pencil in hand, sketching surrounding buildings, the smell of paint and clay in the cavernous hidden hallways and of course trying to sketch the knight's armour which I could never seem to get just right, all evoke warm feelings deep within. I can still hear his voice and see his face in my mind. May he rest in peace. Thank you Mr. Ellis for all those wonderful years that added so much to my childhood.
I am sorry to hear of John's passing. Our two families were good friends, and I grew up with his paintings of pines, brooks and hills of the Farmington River valley that he loved.
My heartfelt condolences go out to his family.