So I was awoken with the news yesterday that my friend and colleague, John Skibinski, had passed away after a short illness. Shocked and profoundly saddened are the only words and thoughts that I can muster. John was one of those people who everyone liked. He was funny, smart and clever. He loved movies. I’ve never met anyone who has seen more films than John. We could talk for hours about film. He always had a little clever opinion on just about any film he’d seen.
I walked around Istanbul thinking of John for the better part of yesterday. I thought about writing this post but I wanted to gather my thoughts a little more. I wrote the previous post yesterday to help me not think of the tragedy that had befallen all of us at Black Dog, Emily Carr and all of his friends across the globe. I looked into flights back home so I could be with my friends and co-workers. I decided that it would be better for me to stay with my family here and mourn him in my own way. I’m so sad that that this has happened and I wish I was there to share my grief and also my joy at knowing such a quality individual. John was one of my favourite humans. He will be missed.
I don’t have any photos of John, I borrowed this one from my friend Basya.
For those of you who read the Black Dog Newsletter, I will be sharing more thoughts and tales of our good friend in this week’s edition.