It is with deep sadness that I announce the death of our beloved John. At 1302hrs on 17 November 2017, John – known to many of you as minicapt or JMH – passed away peacefully in palliative care. The ambulance and emergency room personnel tried very hard to revive John, but ultimately he went without oxygen to his brain for too long. Since you have now gathered that this email was not sent by John, I would like to briefly introduce myself. My name is Nolan, and I am one of John’s many nephews. Be rest assured, John (always a Strathcona) was always quick to poke fun at my naval career despite my belonging to the Senior service.
As you well know, John was a quiet and reserved man, and I have not had the pleasure of knowing any of the people from whom he drew comfort from in his worldwide online community. I do, however, know the intelligent, quick witted, and dignified man who honourably served his country for many, many years before retiring to his family home. John had unfortunately suffered from several medical issues these past few years, and I am relieved to report that his passing was peaceful and painless surrounded by family.
John was blessed with an excellent memory, a penchant for random acts of kindness and seeing to the needs of his friends and family. He had a unique sense of humour as well as a eclectic collection of books, swords and military paraphernalia which he loved to share with the people in his life, especially his youngest neices and nephews. They could often be found sitting with John checking out his latest acquisition in awe. John was the families resident Macintosh expert and frequently preached the virtues of the newest IOS or apple product.
In keeping with John’s desire for peace, quiet and lack of public spectacle, there will not be a memoral. I would ask that you please keep John’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.
Nolan (on behalf of JMH and the Heinrichs clan)
p.s. If you wish to contact a family member, please email John’s sister Martha at the following address: heinrichs.martha at gmail.com
minicapt1 at mac.com