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Name : Bill (Frip) & Carol Filbert
Kathy and the entire Sbarbaro family. Words cannot express our feelings for your loss. What a fantastic, emotional uplifting this website brings to us, all of us who are Johnny's friends. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to lend you our thoughts and remembrances, our experiences of being amongst those whose lives were rewarded by knowing Johnny. I for one was, along with many who joined #80 on the field of battle-bieng it Tuns Softball or as many of the stories told on Sat. 10/13/01, of our honor & pleasure of being on the Tuns/Libations Football Team as we won two chanpionships because any and everytime we needed the Big Play, the first down, the across the middle, tough catch to carry us on, Johnny was the man, the hands, the man who Scotty Booth called on time after time, and time after time the Z Man #80 came through. We all lost a friend that day 9/11/01. We all lost a teammate, we all lost a man who in his own way touched each and everyone of us in a special way, his way!I worked for, played with, and partied harty with Johnny in the Ridge, the Shore, the Hamptons, not to forget the Convent Ski House upstate and only once skiing down the slopes of Colorado, which was once too few. Judy, our heart, thoughts, and love are there for you. Any and everytime you need them, you've got a world full of true friends who are there for you. Yonny, it's Monday night, the Yanks just beat the A's for you, and yet somehow I know when we meet up again in that gin mill in the sky, you're going to try and make me a METS FAN!! Love and thanks for everything. Frip
Name : Ann, Hank, Craig & Scott Marshall
John may be gone ... but rest assured that he is certainly not forgotten. He is as much a part of the family as he ever was and will always be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Name : Andrea (cousin)
As many have said before me, John was always a fun-loving, easygoing guy who had an uncanny knack for making others feel special. It was he who was truly special -- kind, smart, funny, handsome, athletic, --- I could go on and on but none of what I am saying is new to all of you. Many of you probably attended John's memorial service and I was overwhelmed and comforted by all of the love that everyone felt towards him -- he really was one of a kind. I recently came across this poem and thought it accurately reflected how John would want us to feel and act so I have included it below. I hope you enjoy it. Death is nothing at all I have only slipped away into the next room Whatever we were to each other that we are still Call me by my old familiar name, Speak to me in the easy way you always used to. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effort. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; There is absolutely unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of your mind, Because I am out of your sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, Somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before Only better, infinitely happier and forever We will all be one together in heaven (Carmelite Monastery, County Waterford, Ireland)
Name : Paul De Mario
John,You were not only a great coach, but more importantly you were a great man. You will truly be missed. Your friend, Paul de Mario
Name : Linda Thoomey(co-worker of Carol Roulet)
My prayers go out to all his family, in this time of great loss. Remember he will always be looking down on all of you.
Name : Gaby & Tom
It's hard to understand how this beautiful person was taken away from all of us. John was a guy who loved life and was loved by everyone. He touched so many people in so many ways, with his sense of humor and zest for living life to its fullest. We will never forget the wonderful times we shared with him whether it be hanging out watching sports, skiing, having many cocktails at the lodge, laughing at his creative Halloween costumes, or playing an all night card game of '99'. Hey Johnny, you are our guardian angel. We know you're with Robert and are watching out for all of us, especially your better half Judy. You are and will always be in our memories. Thanks for being our friend and we will never forget you. You are "DABEST"
Name : Duck & Babe
Brodies, Brewhealys, Tuns, Shorts A good friend loved, A good friend lost, Seen you & Judy in the Spring, We were listening to cheeks sing, We talked of old times and had some laughs, It was good to see you ole friend, You left us to fast.
Name : Morgan Dwyer
I want to start off by saying that my heart absolutely aches for Rose, Judy, Billy, Kathy and all of the extended Sbarbaro family. Please know that you have my deepest sympathies and are in my thoughts constantly. As with Beth, John also left us too soon and his passing will be greatly felt by all those who knew him and loved him. As his little sister Kathy's friend, I (along with most females who knew him) had a mad crush on John from the moment I met him. I would say from the moment I laid eyes on him, but with John it was more than how handsome he was. It was who he was. John had a knack for always making whoever he was speaking to feel very, very special...even an awkward 14-year old with stars in her eyes. Although I think I trailed after him like a lovesick puppy whenever I had the chance, he never seemed put off by it. Instead, he always seemed to make a point of saying hello, which always made my day! My favorite memories of John are of watching him play football down on Shore Road. Boy, did he look good in a football uniform! Another favorite memory about John was a time when he wasn't even home. His sister Kathy and I and our friends were at the Sbarbaro house and I had gotten hold of an article of John's clothing, which I would rather not divulge. My friends know what I'm talking about though!! Anyway, I put it on my head and wanted to take it home with me, as a momento of my first crush on an older man (I think he was all of 20-years old), but alas, no such luck. I guess Kathy figured he'd miss it. I am still teased about that incident to this very day and it still makes me blush. I am very pleased to have somewhere to go and share these memories, and read others, and still see John's smiling face...Kathy, you did a fantastic job on this site. It means a lot to many people for many reasons and John would be proud. He thought the world of you.
Name : Pauline & Danny Lee
We met John at Patty O'Rourke's Christmas party last year. What a great guy. We are so so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Name : Kelly Dosil, Santa Barbara CA
To all John's family I wish to express my deepest sorrow to hear of your loss. I am a fellow alum of OLA '70 and Xaverian '74.
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