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January 4, 2005
I had a dream about you last night, JohnO.

I wasn't surprised since Fr. Crossman, Michael T & I were talking about you last night over dinner.

In the dream, I was in someone's home (in the basement) visiting with Mary Z and Candy W, when you came walking down the steps, wearing a white suit (with funky sequens nonetheless)! I knew as you walked down the stairs that you were dead, but it didn't seem odd to see you walking towards us. No words were spoken, but you just walked towards me and I simply gave you a hug, then you returned upstairs.

I am grateful for the sense of closure and peace I felt in the dream and believe it was a sure sign that you really are in the best place of all ... with God.

Rest in Peace JohnO,
"Amarino"
Coordinator of Parish Life
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary
December 20, 2004
John,
I cannot believe that you are gone. I know that your suffering is over and you are now with our Lord & Savior. But I miss you. It was a privilege to have been co-workers at the Cathedral of Our Lady in Duluth. Though I am no longer employed at the Cathedral, you will remain one of my fond memories of my time there. God Bless you John.
- Camille Murphy, former Parish Nurse for the Cathedral of Our Lady
December 18, 2004
My dear John:

You were an inspiration to me at a very low point in my life, transitioning from First Presbyterian Church, Orlando to Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis and Finally to First United Methodist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana. Never have I known someone who could make me forget my troubles and laugh at the state of musical affairs in the church.

I shall never forget your visit to Memphis to share wonderful times and your beautiful gifts of music. Most of all, I will miss all of the great times at the National Conventions of the American Guild of Organist. My deepest regret was not coming to see you in your home in Minn. Therefore, I will definitely plan to visit you in your new residence someday soon.

Thank you for your friendship.

E. Ray Peebles
Shreveport, Louisiana
December 16, 2004
When John was working for Ramsey County I was working for the City of St. Paul in the Court House and worked with him on a variety of projects - but didn't know what a fine musician he was until he had left. He just had so much spirit and was fun to be around. What a smile!!! It has given me great delight to hear about him or hear him play on "Pipedreams" and to proudly tell my friends, "I used to work with him and he is a great guy."

To his family and friends I extend my sympathy. I was surprised and saddened to learn of his death and am grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing him. Now, whenever I hear the sounds of a wonderful organ I will think of him.
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