John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

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John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Post by Donald Isler » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:42 am

I received yesterday from his sister, Jeanne Barner, the very sad news that our friend, John Brosseau, known here as JBuck919, passed away on January 5th. I had not known Jeanne before, but appreciated her making the effort to let me know. And she asked me to inform his friends at CMG. Apparently he had had a long illness, which many of us didn't know. Indeed, as he was active on CMG within the last month I was shocked to hear of his passing. He was a very witty and erudite fellow, a knowledgeable organist and teacher, and a very cultured man. It is a big loss to our little community here.

His sister's email address is jeanne.barner@gmail.com, should anyone wish to contact her to express condolences.
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Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Post by lennygoran » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:54 am

Don, what terrible news-I'm caught completely by surprise-thanks for alerting us. Regards, Len :(

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Post by John F » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:07 am

How awful. He mentioned going into hospital but not what for. I'll miss him a lot.
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Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Post by jserraglio » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:44 am

So saddened to hear this. Indeed, the brilliant voice of jbuck919 will be greatly missed.

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Post by maestrob » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:46 am

Just read this thread, and am shocked beyond words. Jbuck919 was a consistently kind, erudite and knowledgeable man, and I will miss him here and in life. So sad that he could not make last year's conclave. Now I understand why.

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Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Post by Belle » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:43 pm

Shocking, more than anything and completely out of left field. Dreadful news. And he died on my birthday. No more comments about Bach!

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Post by Seán » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:04 pm

Oh this is terrible news, poor John, May he Rest In Peace.
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Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Post by Donaldopato » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:16 pm

RIP John. Thanks for all your conversations over the years and your contributions here!
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Post by Wallingford » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:49 pm

I've nothing new to add to the above except: He will be deeply missed.
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Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Post by Lance » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:14 am

I just logged on to CMG at 1:10 on Saturday morning, January 12, 2019, and learned this very sad news about jbuck. This is coming as a shock and was totally unexpected by me and others. We have all enjoyed John Brosseau's comments as noted herein. To say he will be missed here is an understatement. In the past we have had some phone conversations and, of course, enjoyed our meet-ups in New York City. Such a pity. Thank you to Donald Isler for letting us know this awful and unexpected news.
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Post by RebLem » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:36 am

I just saw this a few minutes ago. I am shocked beyond words that I, born in 1942, have survived him. I also announced his death on his FB page, and referenced this thread for the benefit of his other FB friends who are not members of CMG.
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Post by John F » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:33 am

John joined CMG on January 28, 2004, if not earlier (some messages have been lost from system crashes), and posted 26,867 messages here. These had tapered off in the last year or so, but he still had the largest number of all active CMG members, even Lance himself. His last was on classical music topics were on December 7 and his last of all was on December 26, subject: "One of my hospitalizations," in which he wrote, "Worry not. Will provide more explanation soon." Ten days later he was dead.

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Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Post by Ricordanza » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:09 am

This is very sad news. I met John in person only once--at one of our "meet-ups"--but felt that I knew him better through our electronic interactions on this site and, to a lesser extent, on Facebook. Our little community here has suffered a tremendous loss. Thanks, Don, for bringing this to our attention.

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Post by david johnson » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:15 am

Sad news, indeed. God bless. :(

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Post by lennygoran » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:47 am

Ricordanza wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:09 am
I met John in person only once--at one of our "meet-ups"
Henry we met John about 4 or 5 times over the years-it started when we first joined CMG and had that great dinner he arranged at Gabriel's Bar and Restaurant near the TWC and Columbus Circle-one lovely experience was up where the Hudson River almost begins-a delightful lunch! He described it this way-it was such a pleasure to share this moment with him! Regards, Len

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Post by Chalkperson » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:51 pm

I cannot put into words how sad this makes me feel. I loved John dearly, loved his wit, his knowledge, everything about him.

I will tell just this one story.

Maybe 12 or so years ago John went missing from CMG, I was concerned about him and via Corlyss managed to contact his sister. She told me he was in a Hospital in Glenn Falls, he was very seriously ill and there was a great concern that he would not survive.

Knowing how much he loved music, but also how picky his taste was I rang him up. I explained that I had bought him an iPod and wanted to fill it up with music, he asked for so manycomposers we all thought he hated, it was all a front and part of his sense of humor.

I went up on the train to Glenn Falls and John was attached to all sorts of machines, the look on his face when I walked in was something I will never forget. He was very ill, but I’d like to think that a couple of hundred hours of music helped him survive.

I always knew that he may become unwell again, I had a feeling a week or so ago that something was wrong. John was 24 days older than me. May he rest in Eternal Peace.
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Post by Lance » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:16 pm

Chalkie, what a lovely and heartwarming tribute to John Brosseau. I have also contacted his sister. There will be no obituary in the newspapers, as per his request, which she is following to the letter. I hope for John that it was a peaceful passing.
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Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:51 pm
I cannot put into words how sad this makes me feel. I loved John dearly, loved his wit, his knowledge, everything about him.

I will tell just this one story.

Maybe 12 or so years ago John went missing from CMG, I was concerned about him and via Corlyss managed to contact his sister. She told me he was in a Hospital in Glenn Falls, he was very seriously ill and there was a great concern that he would not survive.

Knowing how much he loved music, but also how picky his taste was I rang him up. I explained that I had bought him an iPod and wanted to fill it up with music, he asked for so manycomposers we all thought he hated, it was all a front and part of his sense of humor.

I went up on the train to Glenn Falls and John was attached to all sorts of machines, the look on his face when I walked in was something I will never forget. He was very ill, but I’d like to think that a couple of hundred hours of music helped him survive.

I always knew that he may become unwell again, I had a feeling a week or so ago that something was wrong. John was 24 days older than me. May he rest in Eternal Peace.
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Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Post by Holden Fourth » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:30 pm

I always looked forward to reading JBuck's posts and am sad to hear of his passing. Condolences to his family and friends.

On another note, good to see you posting Chalkie.

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Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Post by barney » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:30 pm

I too had no idea, and was deeply shocked to see the headline on this thread. I too will miss him, enjoyed his posts over the years and learned much. I met him once only, at our delightful 2016 New York gathering.
God speed, JBuck919.

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Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Post by RebLem » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:43 pm

I thought you might be interested in what John's friends on FB said about him when I posted the announcement. Some of the people there are also posters here. I am not the only one.

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Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Post by lennygoran » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:11 am

RebLem wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:43 pm
I thought you might be interested in what John's friends on FB said about him when I posted the announcement.
Thanks I just posted on his FB page and had previously emailed his sister-what a terrible loss for us at CMG. Regards, Len :(

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Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Post by THEHORN » Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:14 pm

Very sad news . He will be missed . My sincerest condolences to his family .

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Post by Marc » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:57 am

Very sad to hear this. I'm not a regular here, but I had some nice musical conversations with John, as we both shared our love for Bach and the organ. May he rest in peace.

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Post by diegobueno » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:00 pm

I am very sorry to read this news. John and I seemed to disagree about everything one could disagree about, at least on the musical side of this forum, though I usually liked what he had to say about politics on the Corner Pub.

In his memory I will listen to nothing but Bach for the next week, and refrain from all Copland, saxophone music, Gershwin concert works, and whatever else he didn't like.

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Post by Lance » Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:57 pm

Now THAT Is quite a tribute to Mr. Brosseau! He may be looking down at you smiling.
diegobueno wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:00 pm
I am very sorry to read this news. John and I seemed to disagree about everything one could disagree about, at least on the musical side of this forum, though I usually liked what he had to say about politics on the Corner Pub.

In his memory I will listen to nothing but Bach for the next week, and refrain from all Copland, saxophone music, Gershwin concert works, and whatever else he didn't like.
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