It is my responsibility to report that John Gamble--who resided at 4600 NW 29th Terrace, Tamarac Fla. 33309 has passed this afternoon at 1:30 pm. You all knew him as Greatjohn-->his screen name at HU. John wanted things to be kept quiet--as he entered hospice about 9 days ago. He had an unbelievable spirit to live. As he went 8 days without food, plugged into his morphine drip. While in Hospice John suffered 2 heart attacks, had no functioning bone marrow, with Prostate Cancer in the Cranial Bone and also in the left side of his Brain. In an unbelievable effort with a Heart Surgeon, John somehow found willing to do angioplasty for 3 blockages, and a Radiologist willing to radiate his brain, he was not going to give up, while in Hospice.
The reason I write this Obit is that John had asked me to, and to please say some nice things, about him-->his words. I got to Florida 2 days ago, and those staying with John told me not to drive down, as he would not know me. Knowing the people with him there were some shedding of tears over the phone, as they gave me the last details. Just know he died very comfortably, had no pain, and was with close friends.
Some of you know that John was married to Richard--Sorry I never got Richard's last name. I heard Fowler at one time and that may be correct. Richard himself is in a nursing home at this time, having fallen breaking a hip, and needing a Memory Care Facility, as Richard's memory was slowly being lost. And as they were together since 1977, he was not able to be with John when he passed. John was 64, and Richard is 71. They officially married, when the State of Florida sanctioned same-sex marriages.
You may remember that every time John would post he always seemed to have a picture of some exotic, or gourmet dish. He loved Food. The man could really cook. But what you may not know is John's Hobby and life's work was in Antiques. He had a Brick and Mortar business and was in this for 25 years. In later years, he sold things on eBay and other sites--where he could go out find a piece, and then re-sell it without leaving home. I have seen pictures of some of his current antiques, and they are beyond belief. He did have an eye for the most beautiful old things that would make you drop your jaw. I should know having been a collector, for 30 years myself, until my wife said no more. I was able to stop but John was not able to. On his first day in Hospice, he sold 2 vases for 800 dollars each. The man was incredible---Greatjohn is maybe a name not capable of really describing him.
John had that screen picture with the handlebar mustache, and at first look, you would have thought he belonged to the Hells Angels. Actually, John was 5'9", not a big man, and he was so very soft-spoken. His voice was like velvet, which probably helped make him a great salesman selling and buying antiques.
I gave the address above in the opening for nothing more than if you wanted to send a card, as Richard will be returning home in about a week, and the plan as of today is for Richard to not go to a Memory Unit, but to go home and to have live-in help. John ordered His Cremation about 2 months ago.
In looking back John and I had about 75 private messages on HU. I was an Advocate for him, while he fought Prostate Cancer. That is why I was asked to write this. There is a lot more that I can say or write, but Jan. 1st, 2022, was not how I wanted the day to proceed. I have been carrying this burden for a couple of months--knowing that Lu-177 failed miserably, and that his Bone Marrow was shot, as he was living with blood transfusions, while cancer ate at his brain.
I Prayed for him and with him. He will be very well missed, and I end this by Praying the Great Shalom-->a great peace for a Great Man. A peace that is timeless and has no boundaries and is forever eternal. May God Bless John, and Richard, and all of us that have this disease. With sadness,