John Patrick Day
1950 to 2007
John Day, affectionately known as JP by some of his friends, was a frequent contributor to Stop Hate 2000 and other online groups, most notably Matthewsplace. He wrote many of our Stop Hate Newsletters, reviewed books, offered advice, and supported Stop Hate.
According to his obituary,
John Day completed a B.A. from the University of Alberta, and an M.A.
from the University College in Dublin. The obituary does not
mention John's graduate studies at the University of Alberta.
John completed some Ph.D. studies at there.
John loved to
discuss history, political events, religion, and human rights.
Social activism and helping create a more caring society were important
to him. He lived out his deeply held Catholic faith both inside
and outside of his parish. Outside of the church, John's faith
was seen in his acts of kindness, and in his social and political
news in any form. John could often be seen with a pad of graph paper
and what looked like an old, well-read newspaper. In reality, the
newspaper was that day's paper. The graph paper contained an
article or some analysis John was completing.
One day one of our
Stop Hate volunteers saw John walking on the sidewalk close to a very
busy city intersection. John was directing the music he was
hearing through his headphones, as he walked along. In the midst
of city noise and confusion, John could hear beautiful music and was
directing that music. In the midst of the confusion of hate,
prejudice, discrimination, inequity, and violence, John was able to
hear the music of a better society, and John's actions helped direct
the music he heard.
John loved dogs and
cats. He devotedly cared for Jack, his beloved canine friend, until Jack
passed away. He is survived by his long-time feline companion, Stella.
John affectionately referred to Stella as "Her Ladyship."
John's obituary says
his "kindness will be missed by many." Those words are very
true. John was like a father or a caring big brother to many
people in his life, including a large extended cyber family.
We will miss John
Day very much.
Additional photographs can be found by clicking here.
Links to a few other sites where people have written about John
Gabi Clayton's blog
". . .the degree to which I learn to grieve my own losses is
in direct proportion to the depth and quality of my relationship
with God and the compassion I can offer others." Peter Scazzero