Saturday, January 31, 2015

Farewell John


We posted this on Facebook but for those of you who are not on there...Our family lost Pop's brother John this weekend.  John has had stage 4 lung cancer  since 2009.  He had been successfully treating it until recently when it went to his brain. 

 Mom had to stay home with us cats but Pop went to Virginia with his brother and family.  He was a big help to them in caring for John.  We missed him but we are glad he went.  John was at home  surrounded by his wife Ann and her wonderful family.  He was in the sun room which is all glassed in, looking out over a snowy wooded scene.  Pop said it was a beautiful day with snow falling.  John slipped away late Friday afternoon, with Ann holding his hand.


In Chile last year.
When Pop called Mom to tell her John had passed - he said he had "crossed the Bridge" which made Mom smile - they definitely have been around cats too long.

Wife Ann to the left and her daughter on right

Uncle John was a runner, a triathlete, a gourmet cook, a wine collector and connoisseur, a lover of travel and a computer whiz.  He helped Mom with her computer if it didn't work right and even encouraged her to try blogging!.  He was kind, generous, caring and because of this had friends the world over.

John and Ann on the couch in the middle of the family!

He met Ann just before his diagnosis.  They married about a year later.  She was with him every step of the way.  John never had kids but Ann had two grown children - a boy and girl who adored John.  He was the father they always wanted.  Ann's extended family embraced John and they enjoyed many outings to the Massachusetts shore with tons of nieces, nephews and their kids. Mom  just wished he had more time to spend with those he loved so much. 

 To live in the hearts of those who love you, is never to die." - Unknown

Pop on left and John on right in Europe

22 comments:

Fuzzy Tales said...

We are deeply sorry for your loss and will light a candle for John and for you all. Soft purrs from us; peace and blessings to all those who loved him.

(((Hugs)))

Annie Bear said...

I'm so very sorry. John sounds like a wonderful man with a blessed life. My heart and thoughts are with you and your husband.

marg said...

That sure was such a nice tribute to John. So sad that he had to leave. Glad Don was with him. Take care Cheri.

Simba said...

We are so sorry to read this news. John sounds like he was a wonderful man. Lung cancer is an evil disease.

Georgia and Julie said...

We are so sorry to hear this.
We send comforting purrs and kind thoughts to John's family and yours as well.
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ
and the mom

Laila and Minchie said...

We are so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful family member. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Brian said...

John does sound like a wonderful man and we sure are sorry it was his time to depart. Hugs from all of us.

Quill and Greyson said...

We're so sorry for your loss.

The Island Cats said...

We're so sorry. Purrs to you and your family.

Caren Gittleman said...

As I mentioned on Facebook, I am so deeply sorry. What a wonderful and brave man. Sending prayers and love to all.

Summer said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. John sounds like an amazing person. :-(

The Swiss Cats said...

We're so sorry for your loss ! John sounds like a wonderful man. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbonks. Purrs

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

We are so very sorry! He sounds like a wonderful man who lived life to its fullest, and our thoughts are with you.

(Not sure how the head peep missed this on Facebook. Good help is hard to find.)

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

It sounds like John was a wonderful man- so sorry for his loss.

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

We are deeply sorry for you loss. John sounded like a wonderful brother, husband, and friend to so many. Farewell for now John.

Cleopawtra said...

We are so sorry for your loss. We send our purrs and prayers to you and your entire family. He sounded like a truly great man. Again m our purrs and prayers to you all.

Eastside Cats said...

A wonderful tribute! My heart goes out to John's family.

Flynn said...

I am so sorry for your loss and send my condolences.

Katnip Lounge said...

I'm so sorry that you have lost such an obviously wonderful person. (I have lost two friends to the same cancer.) Godspeed John, you will be missed.

meowmeowmans said...

Such a wonderful tribute to an amazing man who touched the lives of so many. Our thoughts and purrs and prayers are with you and your family.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

With sincere sympathy to your entire family; John would have loved this tribute post; very well written Cheri

♥♥♥ Laura

Maxwell, Faraday and Allie said...

Oh we are so deeply sorry for your loss. Our dad says lung cancer is especially difficult to treat, and the fact he was beating it for that long is truly a blessing. Many loving hugs and purrs sent your way...

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