Two years ago I was in New York City to give a talk to the Chowder Club. My wife Jane and I arrived a day early to take in the sights. I fell in Rockefeller Center and broke my hip….right on 5th Avenue opposite Sachs. The fall landed me in the NYU Orthopedic Hospital for a hip replacement.
On the third day, as I was lying in bed wondering how I was going to get back to Jacksonville my cell phone rang. On the other end was John.
“What in the hell did you do to yourself?” he exclaimed. “How do you plan to get home?”
I didn’t have an answer.
“My plane (a Lear 60) is at Teterboro waiting for you. Get over there as soon as you can and we’ll take you home.”
That was John. Always at the ready for his friends. My friend, Ralph Marano sent a limo to the hospital, I was loaded in the limo, crawled into the plane and with my wife and son, was taken home thanks to his generosity and care.
John was a great supporter of Irish Motorsports, a self-made (Irish) man who started his business career setting up sound systems for rock groups such as U2. And grew it into the largest company of its kind in the world. Selling it, he worked with GE and formed APR to build diesel and gas turbine power plants all over the world. When Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, it was John who supplied generator sets for the survivors of the storm. He was first on the scene.
Always giving, never taking. That was John. All of us at The Amelia Concours d’Elegance Foundation send Suzanne and his family our prayers and condolences.
Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman of The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance