Forgive the wordy entry, but please allow me---there are things that just have a need to be said. I guess most knew John and me as diving and fishing buddies, and I initially thought that my words would surely be about all the time we have spent together underwater---or on the bottom of the ocean. But when considering what to say, it suddenly occurred to me we have really spent practically no time at all together there---in that wondrous place. Because, you see, we were certainly diving buddies, but we did not buddy-dive. While one of us was in the water, the other was always in the boat---following and looking out for the diver. We wanted to be careful and we were, but we also wanted to be productive, and just could not surrender to the inefficiencies inherent in buddy-diving. We totally agreed that returning to the have boat with a bagful of lobsters was one of the best experiences life offers, but the greatest of all was leaving the marker on an underwater ledge hiding many lobsters, so that the next diver could begin catching and filling his bag as soon as he reached the bottom---rather than using precious air searching for them. So, while we were not really together underwater all that much, it can be said that we spent a lot of time together in the boat. And in other ways---trailering the boat, on the golf course, eating meals, having jobs at the same place throughout most of our respective careers, being loyal to the same great university (GO GATORS!), attending social events, vacationing and raising families, talking about most anything that can be talked-about (our wives might say arguing), and the list can go on and on. The point is, we have been friends for a long time, and---Lord knows---John built a very large volume of friends in his beloved Melbourne, but now it has changed and we all have to cope. John will be missed a lot, but he no longer has any worries about bad weather, poor visibility, equipment problems, or running out of air. There is nothing but smooth sailing from now on, Buddy. See you later
3/8/2017 by Sam Robertson
A real loss. John, Mike Hymes and I used to study together in a coffee shop at the University of Florida. For a short period of time we all worked at Radiation. John and I stayed and retired at Harris.
Kristin, From reading the obit, you ARE your father. Carry on with his humor, friendship, zest for life. Blessings and peace to your families while learning to live without this dynamic person. Hope your daughter can find another ice cream buddy :) A reminder that even the simple things MAKE a difference.
Barbara, We were stunned and very saddened by the news. So many memories through so many years. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and comfort in the love of family and all the friends you and John have made through the years. Always, Ron & Barbara
John was our neighbor and grand friend and like so many others we'll surely miss his outgoing personality, his endless stories, that detailed memory, and his willingness to help others. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Barbara and the family. If we can assist in anyway we're only a phone call away.