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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2020 10:33 am
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Lane Shirey
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I found out last night that a member of our fan family passed away suddenly in mid-April.  John and I had stayed in touch between meets in the northeast, and after more than a month of no replies, I did some digging and discovered sadly that he had passed.  He was 51. 

I can still remember his excitement when he attended his first meet at Tom’s meet in NJ.  For those of us who never got to meet John,  he loved to restore fans and had a soft spot for Freshy Fans and also Peerless fans because they were made in Ohio, his home state.  

I always respected him, because he was a firefighter and paramedic.  Two things that I could never do.  But those professions also took a toll on his body and we used to chat about the physical injuries that come from firefighting.  He was also very generous, and helped new members in our hobby by sending them free parts and restoration advice. 

On top of everything else,  throughout last year, his parents had health issues that added stress to his normally busy schedule as he was caring for them on top of his active career.  I read that his father also passed earlier this year.  He always wished that he had time to attend more meets, but was reluctant to be so far away from his parents in case they needed him.  

In reading the articles, it seems that through all this, he developed some demons, likely to help cope with the pain and stress, and he eventually succumbed to these demons.  Very sad.  He was a good guy, and a brave one at that, who saved many lives throughout his career. A real, front-line hero.

That’s how I’ll remember him.   Rest In Peace, my friend!  Hopefully there are fans to restore in heaven.  

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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2020 11:08 am
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Mark Behrend
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Sorry to hear this! I do recognize his name but never met him. RIP

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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2020 11:15 am
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James Pinette
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sad news lane i too have always respected police officers firefighters (both volunteer and career) and ems too they have hard job

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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2020 11:17 am
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Kim Frank
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That is so sad. While being a firefighter is a great career, it does take a toll. Rest in Peace Brother...All Firefighters go to Heaven, because they're scared we'll put out Hell.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2020 01:34 pm
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Tom Zapf
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oh no i m too down to hear this! how sad. being still active woth FDNY burn unit and honorary Hose Co 2 member in my town, i thought he was great i was ;looking forward to seeing him this year...this has been a lousy year for losing good people! 

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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2020 03:37 pm
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Steve Stephens
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John sounds like a kind man who helped others.   I'm sorry to hear this, may he rest in peace.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2020 04:13 pm
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Sean Campbell
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I never got the chance to meet John, but this is quite sad. I’m sorry for your loss Lane, and may he Rest In Peace.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2020 07:54 pm
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Alex Rushing
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Sad news indeed. Unfortunately had never had the pleasure of interacting with John. Much respect for all he did in his life to help others!RIP John. Those demons are gone now you're in a better place!

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 Posted: Thu Jul 2nd, 2020 01:48 am
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Vic Valencheck
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So sad to hear that John has passed. He stopped by  my shop last year to drop off a Freshy Jr. Model 14. which I bought from him. Very nice guy. He will be missed. R.I.P  John.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 2nd, 2020 02:32 am
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Patrick Ray
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Very sad news to hear. I remember he helped me out when I was a new member. Sent me a bunch of parts when he found out I also restored lamps. He was a pleasure to chat with. May he rest in peace.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 2nd, 2020 04:47 pm
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Bill Arfmann
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Sorry for your loss-- all those who knew John.  Thank you for sharing a small snippet of his story Lane.

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 Posted: Fri Jul 3rd, 2020 10:46 am
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Christopher Harding
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Very sorry to hear of his passing. It is so very sad.

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