He pursued cruising and racing sailing on the West Coast and Denmark (wife Karen’s native home) while working and raising two sons. In 1992 John and Karen began a four-year sailing cruise of the Mediterranean. Exhilarated by that experience, in 1998 they undertook a multi-year tour of the Caribbean and the U.S. eastern coast, through the Intercoastal Waterway and to other ports.
Predeceased just months earlier by Karen, John died of a heart attack Jan. 13, 2021. Their two sons, families, and five grandchildren survive them.