It's my sad responsibility to let you all know that John Herbst (aka 5thGenDemocrat) passed away late Friday night. He was 53 years old. He had went into the hospital a week ago with breathing problems; the doctors later discovered he had advanced adrenal sarcoma throughout his entire body. He had been on a ventilator and in a medically-induced coma for a time, but was taken off those Friday evening by mutual consent of himself and his immediate family. John had made it clear that he did not wish to "linger".
John was an early member of DU, and he, along with davsand and Khephra, introduced me and countless others to this forum. As his name implies, he was a lifetime supporter of the Democratic Party.
Many of you know that John organized an annual social event called Funday. In fact, he was working on Funday XVI when he entered the hospital for the last time. His partner, Polly, and John's closest friends are going to follow John's wishes and hold Funday XVI on June 12, 2010, as a tribute and memorial to him. The family will be organizing another memorial service for John later in the summer.
10. I really have no adequate words to convey how sad I am about this
I read John's posts often and was always struck by what a nice, friendly, wonderful, warm guy he was. His kindness and generosity was not only evident in the way that he wrote and in the way he treated others on this forum
His death is a tragic, tragic loss for DU. He will be sadly missed by many who were connected to him from around the nation and around the globe. He definitely had a great impact on me during his time here and my life is better for having known him
My deepest, sincerest and most heartfelt thoughts, prayers, sympathies and condolences to all those who knew and loved John. We have lost a good man:hug: :hug:
My heart goes out to Polly and everyone else who knew and loved John. There are too few of the good ones out there, and we have just lost one of them. John was one of the most good hearted people I have ever met, and I always found him to be absolutely full of joy--irrespective of the shitstorm that might have been hitting in his general area. He just seemed like he had a good time with whatever he was doing.
John, I'll heft a few in your honor. You will be sorely missed.
Marty, thanks for being willing to bring us this news. I'm sure it was difficult to do.
19. A couple of pix of John and Khephra from way back when
This is from (as far as I know) the very first DU meetup in December, 2001. The photo was taken in my driveway, and John is kneeling in front, with (from l to r) Khephra, Emma (forgot your DU name, sorry), me holding Material Girl, davsand, and Polly standing.
This is from FunDay 2002. That's me, davsand, and Khephra in front, with John and Polly in back.
We're gonna miss ya buddy. Polly, please know that our thoughts are with you now.
I've always felt so very lucky to have been able to host a gathering of such amazing DUers, but I have to admit that it makes me sad beyond words that my friends are dying off. Kev made the comment today when he posted that set of photos that it was you that took that picture in our driveway. You need to stay safe--ya hear? I don't want to see anybody else leave.
We just saw Emma this last weekend in Chicago. She's practicing law up there, and I keep begging her to consider coming back "home."
That picture posted up thread of all of us out in our driveway was taken by YOU! It was "the morning after." I dunno if Kev got that off our camera or if it was a digital shot that got shared online. Someplace there are pictures of the entire crew sitting around in our family room. I remember one in particular that was of Scott while he was laughing, and there was one of John and Polly sitting at the table with Kev.
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