I am very sorry to have to tell you that John died yesterday [January 1]. As you probably know he had been very very ill for four years. He dealt with his pain with tremendous courage and dignity. He survived through grim determination and the desire to make sure that his family would be able to support one another after he had gone.
He was able to attend the wedding of our son Alex to his beautiful wife, Catherine, on 21 December and to celebrate Christmas Day at home with Edith, our daughter, Alex and Catherine.
He faced death with the same courage and dignity that he dealt with his illness. He died with Alex and Catherine, Edith and her partner Connell, his brother Michael and myself, present to comfort and reassure him.
We miss him terribly but are proud to have shared our lives with him.