John was a hero to us when my father, his cousin Ernest, became ill. He educated and supported us throughout that time and became dear to us all. I know that many others have similar stories to tell of John's generosity and selfless nature. I will remember John for his vibrancy and intelligence and for his joyfullness that was infectious. I feel blessed to have had time in his presence and will always remember, I think, the merry sound of his voice and the passion with which he approached life. I will miss him despite the distance of time and miles that has separated us since we first met.