Dear JoAnn & Mike,
Peggy and I wanted you to know how wonderful the memorial service was last night. It was so nice to see you and your family. It brought back many great memories of our Yale Drive days growing up with each other and our children and also Mike's & BJ's wedding. Love, Bruce & Peggy
I've known John since he started with Bell Atlantic we worked together off and on for all those years. I can say that I've never met or worked with a finer person. I know your in a better place now.
John was a great friend and wonderful coworker,we spent many hours together working and joking and sharing stories of our grandchildren.He was truly a help to me and many others over the years and will be greatly missed
John... in reading other condolences, I was not in the least bit surprised to see references to you always doing the right thing, finding humor in everyday life, and seeing the good in others. Even when you were in great pain or facing difficult situations, your first thoughts were not of yourself but of those around you. Your smile was contagious and your quiet, selfless manner always amazed me. Though sorrow is a natural feeling for us, there is also joy in knowing you are free of the Earthly shackles that caused you so much pain.
Attached, is a (slightly modified) poem by John Gillespie. And although it refers to flight, I believe it equally applies to my brother.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My unbound spirit through footless halls of air . . .
Up, up the long, glorious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high un-trespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God
John....I love you and miss you!
It was a pleasure to take care of Mr. Monroe and I thank God for allowing me to serve him. He’ll be missed, but not forgotten.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Sorry to hear of John’s passing. We spent many years together in the old Shipyard crew at the telco, and later working Special Services. John always wanted to do the right thing, the right way. John will be missed by all that knew him. God Bless.
John Monroe was my friend. I’ve know him and Joann for 45 years. He was a very quite guy. Always so funny with his deadpan humor. He would bring up song lyrics from the 60’s folk group Kingston Trio and we would sing together. John always made the neighborhood “Turkey Hunts” so much fun. In the early years John and I played tennis together over at Huntington Park. John, we will miss you. We will never forget you. You will always be my friend.
So sorry to hear of John’s passing. We worked together at Bell Atlantic and again after our retirement at Ft Eustis.
We had a lot of laughs as well as working hard.
May God continue to bless John and give you strength to endure your great loss.
Dad, I love and miss you so much.
You were such a loving Dad, Grandaddy, Husband to Mom, and you loved the Lord. Though I am sad to not have you here with us, I rejoice in the words of Jesus found in John 11:25, where He says, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
You have blessed me so much in being my Dad.
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.