Just read the news in the Miamian-- knew John at MU well and it was very sad to read of his passing, esp. in such a tragic way... my deepest condolences to family and friends. Judy Friedman
Elena: I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. We gathered at the reunion this past weekend and heard the news. You were missed by all of us. I hope that you have such fond memories of your brother and smile every moment that you think of him! You are in my thoughts! Love Jeanette Borsh Eichenlaub
I just heard of the tragic passing of my old friend, Johnny.
He touched many lives with his good looks, charm, quick, and at times caustic wit, his intellectual brilliance, creativity, and of course, his love.
I was fortunate to know him and room with him in his college undergrad years, back when he thought he was Keith Richards, and before he became "respectable."
I can still see the curly haired Greek man-child, with his hollow body Gibson strapped across his shoulder. The stereo blaring. His pick between his teeth. His amplifier turned up - always just a little louder than the stereo - so he could hear his own guitar playing clearly.
It didn't matter if you couldn't hear yourself think. He hardly ever turned it down to talk with you, choosing instead to shout over the din, stopping now and then to jam along when he just couldn't help himself.
The crazy thing was that everyone tolerated him. After all, he was Johnny, he was "gifted" and he was fun.
Johnny was a " light" in many lives, mine included. I will always remember the time we shared together, and our creative collaborations.
We hadn't "touched base" in over 20 years. But Johnny "reached out" by phone a couple of times recently, mostly to talk about the trials and travails of "getting older." The last time we talked was an early December afternoon when he had just had "enough" for the day…
For some reason I thought I'd be talking to him a lot more in the future…
My heart goes out to Mary Beth, Rosemary, Elena and all of us who knew and loved John.
May he rest in peace. May the rest of us find it, too.
Love you John.
Rosemary, I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this time of grief.
I'm so sorry about John's death. He quickly became one of my best friends back in Baton Rouge in the late '80's. Even when he moved to St. Louis, we saw each other 3 or 4 times a year. So much of his personality rubbed off on me, and now that he is gone, part of me is gone. There was no one like John! What a great friend of 27 years!
Rosemary, I am deeply sadden to hear of your sons passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. My sincere sympathy.
Rosemary, So sorry for your loss. Can't imagine anything worse than losing a child or grandchild. My thoughts are certainly with you at this time.
Rosemary, we know this was a tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve your son's passing.
Rosemary, Hal and I were so saddened to hear about your son. I pray for comfort for you and your family during this difficult time. Please let us know if there's anything you need. Love, Hal and Lisa Dean
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Rosemary, In order to express my sympathy to you and Elena, I took the liberty of reading all of the wonderful, heartfelt comments written by John's friends. After losing my husband, someone gave me the courage to go on and that is "God does not take a bad person to be at His side; He takes the Good person to be with Him." With Friendship, Elsie
John was a very close friend of mine and I am extremely sorry that my family travel plans to visit my mother took me out of town right before everyone gathered for this service. I wish that I had had the opportunity to express my condolences in person to all of John's family and friends.
I have not, and will not, become at all used to John's absence. He and I met almost every weekend to walk, though, when we were younger, we would run or play tennis. John and I also worked together for many years. We enjoyed many of the same kinds of music and books, and we shared novels frequently over the years, just as we shared going to concerts and playing the guitar together. The loss of my friend John has left a huge hole in my life, so I can only begin to imagine how much more difficult it was for those closest to him. He was an extremely creative scientist and an extremely caring person, with talents and skills in many, many areas. He was also completely unassuming, and one might never guess that he was an expert on any number of topics. He certainly never made me feel inferior because I didn't know a particular topic that he knew well.
My thoughts go out to John's family and to all those who were present at the service. I extend the same thoughts to all those who could not make it to the service, but were close to John. He was a best friend to many of us, and that alone is unique.
In studying Johnny's photos I see the handsomeness and brightness of his father, John, and the his sparkle and zest for life of you, Rosemary. Wish I could have known him in person. My heart aches for your loss but I feel in my heart that he is happy now with his heavenly Father and his earthly father, John. All my love to you all! Lulu
To our Auntie Rosemary and Cousin Elena,
Diana and I are so sorry for your loss. We loved Johnny, and wish we could have spent more time with our cousin. We pray The Lord will give you peace during such heartache, and as time passes your heart will mend, as you remember fond memories of your family. We love you very much, and wish you both well.
John was an acquaintance decades ago in Baton Rouge. We played tennis, enjoyed a drink, and shared pleasant conversation. John possessed a quiet charm and a zest for life. His untimely passing saddens me greatly. I wish John eternal peace.
My dear brother I miss you so very much I lost a part of me with you passing.
Rosemary, I'm so sorry to hear about your son. He must have been an awesome person. I hope you will take comfort knowing you raised and loved such a wonderful son. This must be such a difficult time for you and your family. My deepest sympathy, Christina
A mother's heart is always broken when she receives news of the death of her son and/or daughter. And, that certainly was the case for Rosemary. May the Lord grant her peace in the coming months as she remembers happier days when her family was together.
Rosemary, words seem so inadequate to express the sadness I feel in hearing about Johnny's death. My heart goes out to you and Elena in your time of sorrow.
Elena and Rosemary, my heart aches for your loss. Fond childhood memories of Johnny....He will be truly missed!
I guess being your chemistry partner all those years ago did not stop your great career. I will miss our long phone chats. Peace to your family...kate bruner
You inspired me to pursue a career in the sciences and our sports debates will be missed): you were really funny and a great guy to talk to
Juanito, via con Dios Hermano. I am terribly saddened to see you won the bet. To Rose and Elena, my deepest sympathy.
I will always remember our time together in graduate school at OSU. John was very special; may the love of family and friends sustain you during this most difficult time.
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
The 45 RPM record, The meteor shower, and the balloon on your graduation stand out for me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I am saddened by this news. As a former Pfizer colleague, I will always have fond memories of John. My sympathy goes out to your family.
I will always remember the Johnny of my youth, with the rash of hair and sly smile. I know beyond those physical attributes was a brilliant mind. I am sorry for your loss.
Lighting candles and saying prayers to honor the memory and celebrate the life of my friend and classmate at Chagrin Falls High School, John Freskos. Rest in Peace, old mate. Here is music to comfort your family and friends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAhNDGwMDPQ
My heartfelt condolences to John and deepest sympathies to John's family. Enjoyed being your tennis buddy in Baton Rouge. Will never forget you.
I will miss you terribly, John. My most heartfelt condolences to your family and friends. Allison Bennett
My heartfelt condolence to John's family. He was a special person and I treasure the many memories I have of him.