|John Gurr, 1936-2013, Founder of the Great Falls Hash House Harriers, in a photo from 2010 or 2011.|
From John's widow, Mary:
"As John's hospice aide said, "He has completed his journey." He died peacefully on Monday, April 29th at the memory care facility in Charlottesville.
"Brian, Chris, and I are making the preparations for his "Celebration of Life" service to be held this Sunday, May 5th at 1:30 pm. The location is Rockfish Presbyterian Church, 5016 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 22958. (www.rockfishpresbyterian.org) Following the service, the family invites everyone back to the Gurrs' house to attend a reception in John's honor.
"If any out-of-towners would like to stay in our beautiful valley, please call Enoka, who will coordinate guest room offers from our neighbors with people coming in.
"The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in John's name to the Alzheimer's Association. (http://act.alz.org/goto/johngurr)
"John was a good sport to the end. He never complained or whined, even as his mind--and body--were deteriorating. As hard as the last few years have been, we really miss him already."
I shall bring Mary's contact info to Saturday's hash for those of you who would like to send a condolence.
Thanks to Radar for the photos, which I pulled from his GFH3 gallery.
|In 2007, at the 25th Anniversary run, the Mufti presented a list of the top-ten GFH3 runs.|
|Last Call came forward to accept the accolades of a grateful Hash...|
|...and a cake, which inspired him to a gracious speech...|
|and an impressive candle-extinguishing effort.|