It's been about 8 hours of deeply feeling this heartbreaking news and I just can't stop crying!
Loss is never easy and always scary. It has a terrible way of teaching those who remain hard lessons. We’re left to grieve the future without a piece of our hearts, without shared laughs, and the realization that our moments together are over. All the memories we recall, they’re simply never enough.
So many of us feel the family connection to fellow club members. Over the years, we’ve shared highs and lows of each other’s lives. We’ve vacationed together. We’ve had long, meaningful conversations into early morning hours. We’ve connected, we’ve cared, and we’ve loved.
I so deeply agree with all that has been shared about our dear friend John and carry your heartache in my heart and I deeply empathize with Barb, Sarah & Kyle, Cat, and his three granddaughters.
John was an amazing support for Keith as President; and I’m forever grateful for that. He had the best ways of saying things and offering perspective. I’ll never forget May 2013, while in Indy, John told Keith how much he appreciated Keith’s contributions to the club as President and that he didn’t want Keith to go anywhere. He also shared with Keith how much he liked me and if he didn’t marry me soon, he shouldn’t show his face around anymore! The next month, Keith proposed! John is the club member to taught me sleep was optional at club meets. He came to Carlisle 2017 with a bag of special parts for me as I had just purchased my very own M. John was the first to call me after my accident because he couldn’t wait for a forum reply and had to hear me. He contributed to rebuilding my car and as much as it meant then, it’s even more sentimental now. He always said I reminded him of his daughter Sarah, and I feel very blessed that he shared his family with us. His hugs…they were just great!!
Truly a man with a perspective I’ve always admired, priorities aligned within his heart, and one of the most genuine people I’ve ever known.
John will be missed by many for countless reasons and while our lives and this club will never be the same without him, I will forever carry his smile and laugh in my heart.
Grief is like the wake behind a boat. It starts out as a huge wave that follows close behind you and is big enough to swamp and drown you if you suddenly stop moving forward. But if you do keep moving, the big wake will eventually dissipate. And after a long enough time, the waters of your life get calm again, and that is when the memories of those who have left begin to shine as bright and as enduring as the stars above. – Jimmy Buffett
Until we meet again my friend…Rest In Peace John
2022 Club Treasurer
2017 September Ride of the Month Winner
2019 May Ride of the Month Winner
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