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January 15, 2015
John, you were my neighbor and best friend after I had moved back to Vermont in 2001. Having recently come off the intensity of my husband's sudden passing, you were the soft landing that I so desperately needed.
We wasted no time becoming close friends, communicating several times a day. We shared many activities; your home concerts, jeep rides in the country, dining, my family's events, and bicycling. Yes, bicycling. Oh, the joy you felt being "back in the saddle" after being away from it since your youth.
Remember the sunsets we watched from either of our homes on Malletts Bay, or the Burlington Water Front? Our deep and insightful conversations helped me to no end. Even our quiet moments felt deep.
But, sadly, all good things must end, I guess. At some point, many family tragedies and other challenges converged in my life, and shot me back up to the surface for some time.
I cannot express enough my sorrow for being unable to return to our same spot; another spot, absolutely, but that never happened. Therefore, I missed the last three years of your life, and your sunset.
But know this, John, my beloved, best friend: I am solidly right here - loving and appreciating your afterglow.
Love you always,
Denise T. Beers
August 06, 2014
I knew John at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater when he was on the faculty there. He directed me in my first "Figaro" in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, I role I went on to do professionally with several different companies. He was my first voice teacher's roommate and friend at Northwestern University. I was saddened to find this. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. Thanks for touching my life, John R. Baird - you made a difference.
July 01, 2014
To the families of John and Cathy,
I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely couple after spending a summer in Vermont to study with Elsa Hilger. We saw each other periodically, particularly when they would travel to the Philadelphia area to present a recital. They were so devoted to Miss Hilger and clearly cared so much for her. Unfortunately, we lost touch over the years - I never have been very good at writing - but I thought of them often. They were delightful people. I'm sorry that I can't get in touch with them again, but I feel richer for having known them both. I just thought you should know that.
April 30, 2014
I will miss you walking on the road.
April 09, 2014
We had the pleasure of seeing John weekly for about 4 years when our son was his tuba student. He was a gifted teacher and such a positive influence on our young teen. His wit and good cheer always brightened my day.
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