Preceded in death by his mother Dorsey.
He is survived by his children Bruno, Max and Nora; father Don; siblings Alice, Katie (Bill Scull), Polly (Tom) Heath and Jim (Carmen); six nieces and nephews, and his dear friend and companion Paula Farell of St. Paul.
The youngest of five, John was raised mostly in Pittsburgh, PA, where he learned to ride the bus at an early age and came to know and love his city, making friends everywhere. He attended Shadyside Academy and Peabody High School. His college career included stints at Hobart College, Berklee College of Music and the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD.
Shortly after, he moved to Minnesota and earned his law degree from Hamline University.
Wherever he was, John played guitar, sometimes for himself and sometimes in bands like the Iron Cheeseballs, Cheese Whiz and the Saltines, the Rare Crows, the Grateful Dad and Gravity Mechanics.
He was involved in local politics (Republican and Libertarian, although he leaned away from those in recent years) and the Federalist Society, was a frequent caller to talk radio shows and for years was an active volunteer for AA, lending a hand to the down-and-out. John had a way with puns and his wit was quick.
He took pride in his children and was a calm and kind presence as they grew, passing on his intellect, mathematical skills and love of swimming, skiing, skating, biking and especially music. He gave the best bear hugs ever. His children adored him.
Professionally, John was a real estate lawyer and entrepreneur, founding Minnetitle and Real Source Title companies. He loved to create a new enterprise or system and for years dedicated himself to this work.
He died suddenly but peacefully and will be deeply missed by his family and many friends across the country.
Memorials are preferred to the Minnesota Waldorf School, 70 East CR-B, St. Paul, MN, 55117.
A memorial service is being planned for later this month. Details will be posted on his Facebook page.