John passed away last night in Irvine, CA, February 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
As we await John's obituary, there is so much to say about him. First, he was a man's man, a gentleman always, and among the most loyal of friends.
John has written with great affection about several of his deceased '68 classmates on the SPOON. He was a music lover par excellence. John had as many friends as anyone I've ever known.
I first met John in 2001 and I wish I'd known him longer.
To John's wife and his dear sister Helen Hatridge, '67, I'm sorry for your great loss.
John was a quiet leader with the finest Missouri qualities. I miss him already.
My favorite memory of John iillustrates the kind of man he was. Around 2007, he and his wife had the Hamshaw Market near East Riverside, a large barn he converted into a country market, with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, and probably most important, a small stage at one end with chairs, so John could invite musicians and singers to perform. They came every day of the week, and Sundays were a special show, usually for folk and rock artists, prominently Steve Noonan, Severin Browne, and another group I’ll remember in a minute.
One Sunday I drove out, and Tom McCutchen drove down from Redlands; dear Penny Kidwell Morrison came down from Temecula; Tom Goodhope brought his family from Lake Elsinore; and Dennis Turner brought his wife from La Habra Heights. We enjoyed a fine afternoon, ate sandwiches, and afterwards John saw us all out to the parking lot.
We chatted for almost an hour toward dusk, and when I finally started to leave, John shook my hand, smile and pressed $250.00 for the SPOON in my hand. He was ever the gracious host and loved people.
There is no greater gift than that.