I don't think it's really sunk in yet to most people how much of an impact John had on our community. It's a true loss of which we have not had in a long while, if ever, imo. He's been such a positive influence to so many people on/off the forums, competing, personal advice and friendships, and in just being an all-around great human being, that I think his loss to all of us is going to make a huge impact. It's so heart-wrenching to hear of his passing, he was just such a great person. He was able to find a great balance in his life, and most of all a great father to his kids. I've let out tears since reading of his passing earlier, but I just really want to give my utmost respects, prayers, and complete condolences to his wife and 2 sons. I can't imagine what they are going through. John endured a lot in his life, we lost a good man, but the heavens got a true good hearted man....Valhalla opened it's doors for a true legend of the iron game.
I'm just really at a loss of words, it kind of takes the wind out of you when somebody like a John Meadows succumbs to death at such an early age. It really puts things into perspective.
I competed against John right before he turned pro. Actually placed right behind him that year. I still get emails from his site. You don't realize it at the time how fortunate you are to be friends with someone like that. I do miss him & Matt Porter as well
It's funny how we have direct access to all these people thanks to the forums, and social media (for better or worse). 20+ years ago, it was rare unless you read of them in a magazine, or you knew they were posting under an anonymous handle name. You get a person like John, with so much positive energy, kindness, experience, and support come along, and it's deflating when they are taken early. I hope his kids are doing well....as well as they can without losing their father They have a good mother to be by their sides, thankfully! That, and if they carry on just a quarter of what John was, they will be good kids.
I grew up near the location of Bev's (and Steve's) Gym back when that area was only a dirt road connector to Jericho Turnpike.
Later, my (early) immersion into things told me exactly WHO Bev was, courtesy Peary+Mabel Rader , and their OG! Iron Man mag, back b4 it was sold.
Never knew who John Meadows was until my occasional "snoops" into my past, and I learned of an undiscovered treasure .....