John -- this tall, commanding man -- was full of talent, intelligence, and fun.
He was a pleasure to direct and a pleasure to know. I will miss him and his singular voice and presence.
So sorry to read this news. Only this week had sent him an e-mail. I had not spoken to in recent months.
My condolences to Norma and family.
John, as a friend you deserve a standing ovation
To remember my friend John is to remember a man who made you enjoy life every moment you were with him. His incredible sense of humour was infectious as he found something humorous in seemingly insignificant things. He was a man larger than life in every aspect.
Even though I only appeared on stage with him at Hart House and The Arts and Letters Club, I realized that John was an incredible actor and regret that I did not see his triumphs in plays like The One Day of the Year and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He always attended the plays in which I acted and was quick to comment on my performance. “Good is not the word” he would say or “I’ve never seen acting quite like that”. We would celebrate.
I will miss John in so many ways. What fun we had.
My thoughts are with Norma and his family.
So sorry for your loss, Norma. sending lots of hugs and kisses. Inez