It is with great sadness that I convey to you that our dear friend, Juan O'Neill, passed away at 9:22 a.m. this morning. There will therefore be no get-together at the Heart Institute this afternoon as originally planned.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the events of the past two days, I apologize for not getting in touch sooner, but things happened so quickly, it left little time for notification.
During the day, Monday, Juan began experiencing difficulty breathing. He then called an ambulance to take him to hospital. Upon arrival at the Heart Institute he suffered a heart attack, and went into coma. Although the staff managed to resuscitate his heart, as per a cat scan, the prognosis was that he would not come out of the coma, and if he did, he would not be the same man. Between then and this morning, he remained on life support, however his heart began to experience difficulty, and the doctors chose to discontinue life support.
I await word from his daughter, Ariel, as to a formal service, but meanwhile, Heather Ferguson has booked the downstairs room of the Royal Oak for this Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m for a special memorial get-together/poetry reading in Juan's honour. All are welcome to join us in celebrating his life and friendship, and sharing a related anecdote or poem.
tomcat7 (at)rogers (dot)com