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RUTSEY, John Howard - It is with deep sadness that John's family announces his untimely passing due to complications from his lifelong affliction with diabetes, at age 55. Donations may be made in John's memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 7100 Woodbine Avenue, Suite 311, Markham, ON, L3R 5J2 (online: www.jdrf.ca, by phone: 905-944-4631). Online Condolences: newbiggingfh@rogers.com.

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Published in National Post from May 15 to May 23, 2008.
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June 13, 2008
Thank you for your contribution to music lovers. You will be remembered as a strong role model for those who struggle to overcome the adversity of diabetes. Heartfelt sympathy to those you leave behind.
Linda Williams
May 27, 2008
Thanks for helping to create the greatest rock-n-roll band in the world!! You will be missed. Rest in peace.
Barry
May 27, 2008
Thank you for helping to create the greatest rock-n-roll band in the world!! You will be missed. Rest in peace.
Barry
May 26, 2008
Thank you, John, for helping to start the band who has had the greatest influence on my life. My deepest sympathy goes to your family and friends at this sad time.
Bruce Fuester
May 24, 2008
You will always be part of RUSH history & part of the RUSH family.
My condolences go to your family & friends.
Rest In Peace John.
Graham Platt
May 21, 2008
SCOTT CHAMBERLAND
May 18, 2008
You were a kind, warm, down to earth and funny guy even though you were in a popular band. Nothing at all pretentious about you. Have thought of you often over the years since those days at Georges Vanier S.S. Drop In Centre. Lots of laughs. God Bless you and your Family.
Peter Durrant
May 17, 2008
your time in the band and in life were unfortunately short, but your impact in both are long
Scott
May 17, 2008
Thank you for a wonderful beginning.
You will be remembered and God Bless.
Dan Riley
May 17, 2008
Thanks for help getting it all started. May you rest in peace. "Rush" is still my all time favorite!
larry spencer
May 17, 2008
My heart goes out to the Rutsey family, and all those who touched upon his great life.
Thomas Brice
May 17, 2008
Thanks for helping Rush on their way- we'll remember you always.
Tracy Green
May 16, 2008
R.I.P. John. You helped form the biggest influence in my life. I am a big fan of the RUSH album and the beats you laid. God rest your soul!
Ben Redmond
May 16, 2008
He left behind a wonderful legacy that will never be lost.
dave
May 16, 2008
You helped form one of the greatest influences on my life. Thank you for the music. You will never be forgotten as long as Rush fans are around.
Steve May
May 16, 2008
My condolences to his family. I hope they know how much he means to so many of us.
Drew Botcherby
May 16, 2008
R.I.P. John.
Flávio Assis
May 16, 2008
RIP John, Your memory and your music will last forever
Patrick Sundin
May 16, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Rutsey family. You will always be in the hearts of so many.
Scott Forster
May 16, 2008
Rest In Peace and thanks for giving me some great music back in the 70's. You were part of something big and you did it well!!
Ted Karambelas
May 16, 2008
Thanks for the music!
Gary
May 16, 2008
Thank you, John, for giving us this wonderful, powerful, musical legacy, all around the globe. Your spirit will live among us, and you'll always be remember as THE DRUMMER who started one of the biggest and greatest band ever...
Christopher Carr
May 16, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to John's family & friends ... He will not be forgotten.
Steve Stakem
May 16, 2008
Thanks for playing a part in something that means so much to a lot of people.
John Gerring
May 16, 2008
May you rest in peace.
Rush fans please support the cause to beat diabetes.
E.M
May 16, 2008
My sincere & heartfelt condolences go out to John's family & friends...John's great drumming & music will live on forever in our hearts,minds,& airwaves.
Cort Stricker
Cort Stricker
May 16, 2008
R.I.P John loved your drum work on the first Rush album. You always be remembered by us Rush fans.
Anthony Halterman
May 16, 2008
R.I.P. John Rutsey

Sure you will be Finding Your Way, somewhere out there.
Raymond van de Ruit
May 16, 2008
May you rest in peace, you have been part of my for over 30 years, for that I thank you!
Jim Pritchard
May 16, 2008
THANK YOU JOHN, YOU ARE FOREVER IN MY HEART...
Brett Pugsley
May 16, 2008
Suddenly, you were gone from all the lives you left your mark upon...... Thanks John for helping to start Rush, the greatest rock band ever!!
Jacqui Hughes
May 16, 2008
We will NEVER forget! RIP.
John Ladds
May 16, 2008
My heartfelt condolences to John's family in their time of great sorrow.

John was a founding member of the greatest rock band of all time. But, more importantly, I've also heard he was a good, decent man. RIP.
Tom L
May 16, 2008
I am here on Behalf oft4e.com.br, fan club of Rush to Brasil, to express our sorrow and offer our condolences to John's Family. We are extremely proud of his contribution to RUSH music and his fight against Diabetes. May he rest in peace and jam eternally with the greatest musicians in the Grand Stage.

Thank you very much, John.
João Johnny Carvalho
(Recife/PE- Brazil)
João Johnny Carvalho
May 16, 2008
My condolences go out to the family and friends of John. My best friend Kenny turned me on to the music of Rush and he too was a victim of diabetes many years ago. May John’s passing remind everyone to help find and fund a cure for diabetes. Thank you John Rutsey for creating the original lineup of what was a real "working man’s" band.
Ty Robben
May 16, 2008
Heartfelt wishes and sincere condolences to John's family and friends from all RUSH fans in Australia.

rushinoz.com
Neil Cladingboel
May 15, 2008
Thanks for the memories John, RIP.
Danny Wadsworth
May 15, 2008
Rest In Peace

the part of Working Man right before the second verse where John bangs on the drums as the music heightens always gives me chills
tom g
May 15, 2008
I'm sure by now you are jamming to WORKING MAN with Jimmy.
Treven Irey
May 15, 2008
Hello, is this thing on? My heartfelt sympathies go out to John Rutsey's family in this time. He made good music and we love him

TRF
Tim Shlang
Tim Shlang
May 15, 2008
RIP
Vickey A. C.
May 15, 2008
You will be forever remembered as a founding member of the greatest band in the world.
Thank you.
Matthew Harris
May 15, 2008
While I've only known John through that first 'Rush' album and through various stories of others I don't know, I am saddened by the sudden loss of a man still so young. Having lost my mother in January to cancer I can sympathize with the loved ones of John at this time - especially his kids if he had any. My thoughts (& countless others) are with you during this awful time.
steve k
May 15, 2008
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord,
And let perpetual Light shine upon him.

A (sad) Rush fan
Jon Reidford
May 15, 2008
Words cannot describe the impact that John has had on my life. May he rest in peace.
Matt K
May 15, 2008
I am here on Behalf of RUSH FAN CLUB Brazil, to express our sorrow and offer our condolences to John's Family. We are extremely proud of his contribution to RUSH music and his fight against Diabetes. May he rest in peace and jam eternally with the greatest musicians in the Grand Stage.

God Bless you all and Thank you, John.
Diego Coutinho
May 15, 2008
May our prayers resonate with the music you blessed RUSH with.

My condolences to the family in this time of loss.
D G
May 15, 2008
My heartfelt sympathies go out to the Rutsey family in this time of their sad loss. I and many Rush fans worldwide will remember John for changing our musical lives forever.
Graham Rickers
May 15, 2008
My sincere condolences to John's Family and Friends.

May he rest in peace.
Charles Kelly
May 15, 2008
Rest in Peace and thank you for the music.
Anthony DeSena
May 15, 2008
For Best Results, Pray at Maximum Volume. Rest in Peace, and Thank you.
Mark Salowitz
May 15, 2008
Thanks for helping give birth to Rush.
Eric Wayte
May 15, 2008
I extend my condolences to the family of John Rutsey. I only knew him through his work on a rock & roll album but the product of that work and the talent he displayed has provided me lifelong joy.
Richard McEntee
May 15, 2008
John made a mark on my life...
may he rest in peace.
Ravi Nair
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