John E. Ives
1929 - 2018
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John E. Ives passed away on November 29 at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL.He was born in Hartford, Ct. in 1929. He graduated from Kingswood High School.He met his wife, Ann, in 1946 on a blind date and they were together until his death.He earned his BA from Dartmouth College in 1951, served in Korea as a Lt. and returned to earn his MS from Yale University in Hospital Administration in 1956. He was the Assistant Director at Yale University Hospital for 10 years, CEO of Middlesex Memorial Hospital in CT and the CEO of the University of Connecticut Hospital for 10 years. John was an accomplished golfer from an early age and a former member of the Hartford Golf Club.In 1977, John moved to Gainesville, FL to become the CEO of Shands Hospital. He was instrumental in making Shands a private not-for profit hospital, which has allowed it to expand into its present status. Also, during this time he helped establish the Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida. Once retired he worked with Habitat for Humanity, but found his calling as a volunteer mediator in Alachua and Baker County and received an award for mediating 900 cases and more than 20 years.He is remembered by many, young and old alike, as a friend, mentor and leader.He is survived by his wife Ann of 67 years, son and daughter-in-law Ralph and Kelly Ives and two grandsons Justin (Dara) and Christian (Megan) and his two great grandchildren, Hunter and Bailey. He had two daughters who succumbed to Cystic Fibrosis. Kathy age 4 and Linda age 22.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida, Please visit his memorial page at

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Published in Hartford Courant on Dec. 2, 2018.
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February 28, 2019
I was privileged to meet John and Ann in his later years. He had a grandfather clock that has been in his family for many generations with pictures of family members who possessed it during their lifetime. Sadly, it is now his turn to hang his photo inside the door. I will miss your smile and humor.Jan PearceCottagehaus Clockworks
Jan Pearce
December 3, 2018
To the Ives Family,Our families grew up on Fernwiod Rd and I have wonderful memories of your Dad!! My thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
Nancy Pease
December 3, 2018
May the wonderful memories of Mr. John E. Ives continue to be with you. Mrs. Ives during this very difficult time I pray that our wonderful Heavenly Father will provide you with the strength needed. May all of your family and friends be with you to comfort you. Very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband.
December 3, 2018
I was very fortunate to have a chance to serve on the Gainesville Sports Commission with John. In the very short 4 years I got to know him, he is a wonderful and thoughtful man that will be sorely missed.
Tony Saccaro
December 2, 2018
Deepest Sympathy to the family,Sharing Your Loss ,so many thoughts are with you now,because you're someone who's cared about so much.I remember him from as an a administrator,he was for the people,May God continue to lift this family up,
Naomi Milligan
December 2, 2018
Dear Ann, Ralph and extended family,

Our sincere condolences on passing of a wonderful man.

Best Regards,
Jodi and Edward Mansfield and family
Jodi Mansfield
December 2, 2018
Gainesville Junior Golf was taken to a new level by this great man.
The John Ives pour signified a glass much more than half full.
John Gaston
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