Sad To Say

It is always hard to deal with a loss in the family.  Today we are mourning the loss of a wonderful man, Ralph’s brother-in-law, John, husband of sister Kathy.  John was one of those people who always had a smile and could light a room just by entering.  If you weren’t in a good mood, seeing John would put you in a better mood.

I’ve shown you all some examples of his amazing way with carving.  In a post in 2011 at Christmas, I shared some of the beautiful pieces that John has made over the years.  Each year for Christmas, everyone in the family would get a treasure, carved lovingly by him.

I showed you more of his artistic talent in June of 2012 when we celebrated his 70th birthday.  John and Kathy’s home had a room on the lower level with shelf after shelf of his carvings.  I took lots of photos and shared them.  It’s just amazing what he was able to do.

It’s impossible to sum up a person in a photo or a few paragraphs.  I’m distracted and upset and not doing John the justice he deserves.

I do believe however that I have one photo of him that for whatever reason, I feel is the essence of him.


He’s wearing a tee-shirt with his and Kathy’s photo taken on their honeymoon.  We were also celebrating their 50th anniversary that day.  He was about to blow out his candles and cut his cake.  Not the kind of guy who liked a fuss made about him,  I can just hear him saying, “Gosh, is this all about me?”   Yes, John, today it is all about you.  I’m a better person for having known you.  I don’t think I’d get an argument from anyone on that.  We’re all better people for having known you.  God Bless You, John, we’ll miss you.


20 responses to “Sad To Say

  1. cath/waterloo,ON

    oh, fran, i am so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. my heart goes out to you and ralph and kathy and everyone else – please accept my condolences. that is a wonderful photo of john, and you are right, it captures personality. take care – thanks for sharing about john, and i will be thinking of you all.

  2. Such a wonderfully sweet man. His loss will be felt by so many. Hugs

  3. So sorry, Fran for your loss. Please give my condolences to Ralph and his sister. You are all in my prayers!

  4. Sad indeed – we’re sorry for your and Ralph’s family’s loss. “We give them back to Thee, dear Lord, who gavest them to us; yet as Thou dost not lose them in giving, so we have not lost them by their return. Not as the world giveth, givest Thou, O Lover of Souls. What Thou gavest, Thou takest not away, for what is Thine is ours always if we are Thine. And Life is eternal and Love is immortal, and death is only an horizon, and an horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.” — Rossiter Raymond

  5. I’m so sorry for the loss, Fran 😦 We’re praying for you!

  6. Oh Fran, so sorry to read this. He looks fairly young. Prayig for peace for the family.

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. He sounded like he loved and was well loved in his life on this earth.

  8. Oh, Fran….we’re so sorry! Please tell Ralph that we are thinking of him and praying that God will bring him comfort at this time – as well as you and the entire family.

  9. So sorry to hear about John. Praying God comforts you all during this difficult time. ((HUGS))

  10. I’m so sorry Fran, this post brought tears to my eyes. What a talent he was, I’ve just looked at those other posts and his work was so beautiful… that snake in particular is stunning.
    Lots of love to you and Ralph and Kathy at such a horrible time xx

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