We knew he was ill. Here is an email from Andrew Wheeler with some info
4/12/10 10:21 Pm
Below is the message Shanna and I just received from Ted White regarding the passing of John, a long time Siberian and Japanese Iris hybridizer and grower.
Dad passed away at 2:10 p.m today at the Hospice House in Auburn. The end of his life was mercifully peaceful. Family members were at his bedside when he died.
Visiting hours will be at the Plummer and Merrill (Fortin Group) Funeral home at the corner of Turner and Center Streets in Auburn. Visiting hours will be Thursday, April 15 from 2-4 p.m and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held on Friday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the High Street Congregational Church on High Street in Auburn. Burial we be on the family plot at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Auburn following the service.
His obituary will appear in the Lewiston Sun Journal and Portland Press Herald newspaper on Wednesday.
Dad lived a very long and full life with many, many friends and family. For that, we can forever be grateful.
Teach them hwo to do siberians, then. All classes need juniors. The AIS youth group has a newsletter-the Iris Fan. Start with registered siberians, before you try seedlings & learn how to do records with them.
I sent a note to Ted White which he read to John before he dies. Thanks Polly for letting me know. I had many of his irises and clerked for him 2 years ago at our iris show. He was very nice to me and told me a lot about how he named some and how much he missed his wife. I was struck by his humility. Not sure Andrew will hybridize in the future but if only we would get his past hybrids introduced!!! I have a bunch of his seedlings with his permission. I am a lucky duck. I guess he knows they're here with me. I'm pretty sure he would like to be a researcher in the future.
I'm pretty sure Debbie told me Andrews interest was research in the Amazon, or some such now, He sounds like a very talented young man.
How sweet and sad John White telling you how much he missed his wife. Bless him, and I pray they are together again. Every time I hear something like that it makes me appreciate my husband even more, after 40 years of marriage.
Definitely. My husband is 8 years older than I am, and I'm always concerned something will happen to him. But at 68, he's in excellent health, and very active, so it's not anything imminent for sure, but it still worries me. He has always been a wonderful husband, and I do treasure him. Well, most days anyway. We're both human, that's for sure.
Yes, DH is doing fine, had his right knee replaced in December and the cataract removed from his right eye in April, so he's doing great. Except for his arthritis, his health is excellent. He was a welder, heavy equipment mechanic and maintenance man for over 40 years, so that was a lot of wear and tear on the joints. Oh, and the right shoulder was replaced way back in 2004. He's become my bionic man!