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Remembering John

James Whyte

I knew John as a fellow student and friend in UCG during the late 80s and early 90s. I was shocked when I heard of his passing last year. He was a great guy and I have fond memories of him.

December 29, 2011

Sadly Missed

Joe Lipper

I met John through working in Shannon Aerospace, a really decent guy
and someone I was proud to call a friend. He is very sadly missed.

November 10, 2011

Remarkable Achievement

Richard Burke

I got to know John first back in 2005 when I joined the Tennis Club in
Ennis. I immediately found him to be a most honest, affable fellow
and, over the following three years, we played a lot of doubles
matches together and became good friends. John was always the diligent
organiser of those very enjoyable games – I can still remember his
cracking serves.

In 2008, John decided not to renew his membership of the club as, at
that stage, he was spending a lot more of his free time on his love of
photography. We would still meet regularly for a tea or coffee though,
often discussing the latest sporting event, political development or a
recent photo-hunting expedition that he’d been on. Back then it wasn’t
unusual to bump into John in town in the early evening after his
working day in Shannon Aerospace. Having parked his car, he would
often go on a walk around Ennis before his daily shop. A member of the
Clare Outdoor Club, he had the long loping stride of a man who loved
walking and who was clearly more happy traversing countryside than

It was only after his passing that I heard from Brendan (John’s
brother), that John had secured a Masters in Classical Studies at
University. On all the occasions we talked and socialised he had never
once mentioned this remarkable achievement – a testimony to his
modest, self-effacing nature. With his tall good looks, his love of
the great outdoors and his quest for yet another great photograph, he
was Clare’s Indiana Jones.

I hope we’ll meet again.

October 14, 2011

Shannon Aerospace

Danny Sheil

Just sitting at work here and thinking of John, it’s been over a year
but we’ll never forget him in Shannon Aerospace.

September 15, 2011

Held in High Regard

Patricia Keane

I met John a few times last year and it was only recently I heard of
his passing. I was so shocked to hear the news and I just wanted to
extend my sympathies to his family. I hope you don’t find the coming
weeks over Christmas too difficult. John was obviously held in high
regard by many and I will remember him fondly.

December 24, 2010

Gentle Giant

Willy O'Doherty

Hi, I knew John from the tennis club and I would always chat to him
about his recent hikes – I am so sorry to hear that he passed away -
he was such a lovely, kind and cheery guy. My kids viewed him as a
gentle giant with knee pads. He will always be in my thoughts. I will
really miss him.

November 3, 2010

Your talent will live on

Eileen Kearney Cady

I am so very sorry to hear of John’s passing, as I truly appreciate his artistic eye in capturing the majesty of his homeland. Every angle, every blade of grass, every cloud, was perfectly considered in the construction for each photo. There are few artists capable of doing that, no matter what art medium they use. I believe John was born with that gift.
Rest in Peace, John. Your talent will live on, and on, and on, as long as there’s a cyberspace where people like me, from South Carolina, USA, go surfing for photos of Ireland….and find the legacy you made possible.

Thank you, John!

September 11, 2010