***ANNOUNCEMENTS**** forum: John White passed away

 
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ImagePollyK
Apr 12, 2010 8:35 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

We knew he was ill. Here is an email from Andrew Wheeler with some info

4/12/10 10:21 Pm

All,
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.

Andrew

Hello Everyone,

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.

Ted
Imageirisarian
Apr 13, 2010 7:36 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
A shame, but not surprised. He would be unhappy away from his plants.
Imageirisloverdee
Apr 13, 2010 11:44 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
I never got to meet him, but knew his work, another great one leaves us.

We NEED the youth to get interested BIG TIME

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imageavmoran
Apr 13, 2010 11:48 AM CST
Name: Anita Moran
Pylesville, MD Zone 6B
That is the problem.

Most young people are used to instant gratification and do not have the patience.

What a sad loss.
A
Imageirisloverdee
Apr 13, 2010 12:28 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
I know, one day when there is nothing NEW in the plant world in general maybe some one will say "I wonder why" and look to see why?


D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

ImagePollyK
Apr 13, 2010 1:04 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I agree. My grandchildren are very interested in the irises, and I'm sure they would be interested in hybridizing, but I've only done some siberians, so I really don't know how to teach them.

Do we have a whole family of Schreiners, Mid America Gardens, and little Joe Pye Weeds coming up?

Recently wen I was entering the info on some sibs from Joe Pye Weeds Garden, I was just amazed at all the crosses they did to get one plant. I don't know how on earth I would keep it straight.
Imageirisarian
Apr 13, 2010 2:39 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
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.
Imageirisloverdee
Apr 13, 2010 7:21 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Mid America NO, Keppel NO, me NO...Schreiners maybe, Cooleys no.

My kids all like to hybridize but none would do all the work in running the business.

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

ImagePollyK
Apr 13, 2010 8:06 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I look at some of the work of Shaffer/ Sacks and think how could I ever do those kinds of crosses?

So, who is hybridizing that's under the age of 50? Anyone?
Imageirisarian
Apr 13, 2010 9:40 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Andrew Wheeler & his species. Of course he is still in grad school, but his plants are at is family's garden.
ImagePollyK
Apr 14, 2010 8:19 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I don't know if Andrew is hybridizing anymore. I'll have to ask Debbie.
Imageavmoran
Apr 14, 2010 8:39 AM CST
Name: Anita Moran
Pylesville, MD Zone 6B
Don Spoon's son Bryan is hybridizing and doing a wonderful job. His first seedling a BB won and EC and Alice Boulden Award for a seedling growing in the garden at a Region 4 conference.
A
ImagePollyK
Apr 14, 2010 8:45 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Wonderful to know.
Imageboojum
Apr 14, 2010 6:36 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
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.
ImagePollyK
Apr 14, 2010 6:53 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

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.
Imageboojum
Apr 14, 2010 6:56 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
I bet. It must be so tough. I have 2 friends who have lost husbands recently. We should treasure our sig others every single day.
ImagePollyK
Apr 14, 2010 6:59 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

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.
ImageHappyJackMom
May 12, 2010 7:59 AM CST
Name: Donna Yates
Happy Jack, AZ - Zone 5a
Oh Polly, I know what you mean, my DH is 80 (almost 8 years older than I) and I must drive him crazy checking up on him. We will be married 58 years this summer and I can't imagine life without him.
ImagePollyK
May 12, 2010 8:02 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

58 years! I can only hope Donna. You've been blessed.

Is your husband in good health? My brother is 78, and in excellent health, still runs up to 8 miles a day. 80 is the new 50.
ImageHappyJackMom
May 12, 2010 8:11 AM CST
Name: Donna Yates
Happy Jack, AZ - Zone 5a
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! Thumbs up

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