I know John to be a gentle man and a dear friend. John and I worked together on Naval Research projects. When I needed a boat partner to help ship the Larina to California from Norway, John came to my aid. John helped me sail the boat to many of our local islands and he was like a father to my kids on our sea fairing adventures.
During maintenance on the Larina in the shipyard John and I would rest in the shade under the boat and tell sea stories. John seemed to love these rest periods, I would create a picture of Tahaiti and its people during different events. With restored energy and some beautiful island in mind, we would then go back to work and try to get most of the paint on the Larina.
Around the same time I became aware of a co-worker named Mary who had similar personality as John. I made plans to have them meet and the rest is
history. Farewell my sailing pal.