Guestbook for John Heisel     |  Printable Version
  • 3/14/2017 by Jack Harrison

    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.
  • 3/3/2017 by Lenore Walsh

    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.
  • 3/1/2017 by Ron & Barbara McGee

    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
  • 3/1/2017 by Dwayne and Susan Baxter

    Barbara, Kristin and Kim, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
  • 2/28/2017 by Linda and Bob Williford

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Barbara. You know where we are if you need ANYTHiNG.
  • 2/26/2017 by Ivy Kilby

    I am very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
  • 2/25/2017 by Kathy and Jeff Bown

    Another great person gone ... simply unbelievable. a great friend, a great person. barb, kris and kim ...our thoughts and prayers are with you. we'll see you soon.


  • 2/24/2017 by Cindy Nienajadlo

    John was always so kind to me, he will be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Cindy
  • 2/24/2017 by Bill and Barbara Sargent

    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.

  • 2/23/2017 by The Michael and Mia Brennan Family

    God bless you all. We are thinking of you and holding you in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
  • 2/23/2017 by Renata Mikenas Rauschen

    Love energy to you all...
  • 2/23/2017 by Nancy and Barry Kronman

    Will miss you, John. So many wonderful memories from our 40+ year friendship.
  • 2/23/2017 by Jim Rossi

    Barb and family, So sorry to hear from Marrianne about John. We share in your sorrow at this time. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you!!
    Jim, Adrienne, Joe, Jake, and Emily Rossi
  • 2/23/2017 by Janel + Mike Singer

    Our sincere condolensces. We enjoyed his stories and his fun spirit during our Thanksgiving get together. He had a live well lived. We will miss him.
  • 2/23/2017 by Rosie and Craig Law

    We are so sorry for your loss. In these moments of loss, words are useless. God rest his soul in peace and the angels to always be there with you! We are here for you.

    With love,
    Rosie and Craig Law

  • 2/23/2017 by Lou Herbert

    Barbara, I am so sorry for your loss. John was one of the finest men I have known. We are all fortunate to have had him as a friend in our lives.
  • 2/23/2017 by Wanda and Joe Luthman

    We are so sorry. Sending prayers and hugs. We love you so much, Barb.
  • 2/23/2017 by Whittaker Cooper Financial Group

    Barbara, Our most heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family today. Know that others care and share your sorrow.

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