It will be a long while before any of us come to terms with what happened to John this past weekend but many of the things he did have made this community better and has taught us all valuable lessons.
John was a friend of mine who was always quick with a joke and always smiling. My memories of him go way back to the days of Rapunzil’s Tower when he went by Fishman. He was the bassist and front man for the band and always put on a great show.
I can remember one open mic night at Pedro’s working in the back room on a live performance of Wheat Kings with him and Frank Burelle. It was my first live singing performance…and last for that matter.
John’s passion for Cornwall runs deep with numerous examples of how to be an ambassador for your hometown. There are the numerous documentary films he made with Frank Burelle, Jamie Carr and Ron Piquette that featured the Lost Villages, the city of Cornwall and a 10 day trek across Canada under the Fishrizzo banner. He also used his film talent to put together videos for Team Cornwall’s annual year in review.
He also supported his wife Alyssa with some fun and successful campaigns for the Agape Centre. The one I remember the most was Project PB where he found a deal on Kraft peanut Butter and had the entire community selling out grocery stores. This was a picture he sent as a thank you card to us for support the cause.
John had a zest for life that was obvious. He made random phone calls to the studio to offer weather forecasts from the rooftop of the civic complex and other random locations. He would also just show up with coffee in hand or in a costume as shown below from last Halloween when Earle the eagle popped in and tried to eat my bacon calendar. He was a joy to be around and could command a room with his stories and sense of humour.
John took his passion for this city and area to the next level in the last provincial election and ran as the Liberal candidate. This was just one more example of how much he loved this community, and for many who didn’t know more than that, it gave them the opportunity to learn more about him and what he stood for.
He was a great family man. I used to love the facebook update when he made the birthday cakes for his kids and added a layer each year they were older.
On top of Fishrizzo he also had another local business called Earle’s Vintage + Design located on Fourth Street. He loved antiques and wanted to share that pass time with others.
There are many heavy hearts in not only Cornwall but many other communities today as we continue to mourn the loss of John who left us way too soon, as Billy Joel sang “Only The Good Die Young”.
As you can see John left a great legacy in his 43 years with us and taught us many great lessons on how to live life to the fullest, have fun and give back.
I miss you my friend.