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Posted 2017-05-04T01:20:45Z

Final Post

One last post to close out this blog:

I saw one of John's phones light up this morning, I picked it up to find a group text between his phone and two "new" friends who apparently met at John's Funeral Mass yesterday.  Text, "True pleasure to meet you, one more of JohnD's introductions as he took his journey to God.  Will follow up."  Reply, "Honored. Look forward to learning more about those 30 years you knew him.  All the best..."

JohnD, the original "LinkedIn!"

Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts, for being with us!  Forever in our hearts.  God bless.  XO

""My chains are gone, I've been set free.  My God, my savior, has ransomed me.  And like a flood, His mercy rains.  Unending love, amazing grace."


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Comments (16)

  • Rob and Barbara Vidal
    Rob and Barbara Vidal


    3 years ago · Reply
  • Tom Bull
    Tom Bull

    Your love and devotion is inspiring. God Bless you all.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Liz Cooner
    Liz Cooner

    Thanks for taking us along with you on this journey, Annie. You made us laugh. You made us cry. You inspired us with your love and showed us how to live our faith. It is an honor to know you and John.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • James O. Boylan, III
    James O. Boylan, III

    John was very special man. He lived a good life but left too soon but ultimately on his own terms. May God bless John, his memories and his family. With JIm and Diane Boylan

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Martha Manger
    Martha Manger

    Annie ~ Thanks for this last post, to give us all some closure. I actually started missing this blog today (displaced grief). You taught me how to pray again, not just for my own family but for others. Over these 2.5 years, others have approached me asking me to pray for them. I wound up with an ongoing prayer list. I'm not sure why they picked me to pray, but I took on the responsibility, and blessings that seem to tag along with it. I felt a kinship with all of John's friends on this blog (and Facebook too), because they often expressed my own feelings. I believe in miracles and, in spite of the suffering, I trust the past couple years of extended time with family may qualify as a miracle in this case. John's funeral was the "best" one I've ever attended because of all the people there to celebrate John's life and to provide support to their special friend who was one of your children or you. I was surrounded by young men and women (some towering over me), just starting to establish their place in this world...another generation, ready and able. The choir and soloists also made the Mass very special. At the wake, people came to offer you their condolences, but somehow you provided support to them too, with your strength and peace-filling hugs. At the funeral, each family member would console the other through the tears. May these strong bonds of family and friends buoy you up during this time of grief, and bring you peace. ~ Love, Martha

    3 years ago · Reply
  • jeremy minnetian
    jeremy minnetian

    It was honor and a gift to attend John's funeral on Tuesday. He truly was a man who walked with God every moment of his life. How beautiful. And Annie - you are an inspiration to me always. Thank you so much for that. God bless you. Much love and peace Jeremy

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Betsy Raber
    Betsy Raber


    3 years ago · Reply
  • Linda Gesell
    Linda Gesell

    ❤️ you are an inspiration and testament to our faith ❤️ Linda

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Kim brockway
    Kim brockway

    What a beautiful mass it was, led by a beautiful family.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Carol Maloney
    Carol Maloney

    I am left speechless in light of all that has already been said before me. Such profound sentiments beautifully written echoing my own thoughts. I don't know why John had to be the one to teach us about love, courage, strength, faith and miracles, but teach and inspire us he did. Both you and your family, by your love and steadfastness, reminded us constantly to never give up hope. You held each other up and us as well. We sincerely offer our profoundest sympathy and gratitude for carrying us along with you. Love, Carol and Art

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Dawna McClendon
    Dawna McClendon

    The Going Home Service for John was a beautiful experience, the homily, the music, and the gathering of so so many friends and relatives. I feel honored to have known John and worked with him on the Living Last Supper. I don't know how many times after the presentation over the years that people I don't know will ask if I participated in it and how they wanted me to pass on their growing spiritual feelings after seeing it. I will miss hearing him say " Me, I am a simple man" but I think of John as a very spiritual, honorable man who walked the talk and lived like The Father. Prayers and love to Annie and the family. Dawna l McClendon

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Patrick  Sullivan
    Patrick Sullivan

    JohnD will live forever, in our minds and in our hearts... I miss the many field trips we had during the last 3 years and the lunches at the Diner's where John just happened to know the owner of every diner that we went to. I often asked John why he had 3 cell phones, I reminded him that he only had 2 ears, how do you manage 3 phones? Forget the Six degrees of Separation, John was living proof of TWO Degrees of Separation... He was a walking Miracle, especially watching him perform as Andrew The Bringer, during the last 3 years. John went to the Lord, just 17 days after his last performance on April 12th. He performed Andrew's Soliloqy flawlessly and the words he spoke actually related to how JohnD lived his life... I can imagine John in Heaven, right now, utilizing his Two Degrees of Separation -- Bringing Thousands of Saints and Souls together, enhancing their eternal life... Annie, Thank you for creating this blog, which has brought so many of us together. We will see you soon and often, God Bless !!! Patrick Sullivan and Family

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Betsy scheffling
    Betsy scheffling


    3 years ago · Reply
  • Jeff and Theresa Felzenberg
    Jeff and Theresa Felzenberg


    3 years ago · Reply
  • Hagop and Lina Bakhtiarian
    Hagop and Lina Bakhtiarian

    Love u ❤

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Eileen Nociolo
    Eileen Nociolo

    ❤️ Thank you for showing us how to live and help each other on the journey. Your family is a wonderful tribute to John . Your family is a gift to us, too.

    3 years ago · Reply