Now I understand why John did not respond to my Christmas Card. He would always call me around the holidays, and my birthday, to catch up on our lives.
I will miss John and our gentle jibes and interesting talks.
After hiring John into the US Navy Undersea R&D Center we became great friends. He was my go-to guy when I needed someone to read and analyze a document or report. He was very detail oriented, and never missed an error or something that made no sense. While he, himself, was very capable of putting together complex reports and analyses in a cogent and cleary understandle way. I always appreciated him for talent and ability.
We enjoyed many lunches together, both while we were working together and later after we were both retired. One of my high points when traveling back to San Diego was spending a day with John, at one of his favorite restaurants - the German Restaurant in Pacific Beach, or the Original House of Pancakes in Carmel Ranch.
I am sorry not to have known of his passing, I would have certainly wished to have attended any memorial services that were held.
John was a very caring and giving person, and I certainly understand his final wishes. That is just like him!