A year ago, I had just arrived home from my day job when the phone rang. It was Heather Quinlan, fellow BHB staffer. “Did you hear about John?” I knew it wasn’t some ghastly April Fools’ gag. My first thought was of Tracy, his wife, and of Gracie, his daughter whom I had last seen on her fourth birthday.
Using the pseudonym “Homer Fink”, which he took from a favorite childhood book, John started Brooklyn Heights Blog on August 4, 2006. Shortly after that, he found a post on my blog that he re-posted on BHB, and this brought us into contact and my becoming a BHB contributor, and John’s friend.
John made the Brooklyn Heights Blog a valuable community resource, which was recognized in 2011 when BHB received an award for outstanding community service from the Brooklyn Heights Association at the BHA’s Annual Meeting that year. The photo shows John receiving the award from BHA and Channel 13’s Tom Stewart.
All of us at BHB, who try to carry on what John started and brought to fruition, miss him very much.