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John Eerkes-Medrano

August 14, 1950June 15, 2015

John Eerkes-Medrano was born on August 14, 1950 and passed away on June 15, 2015 in Hamilton, ON.

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Jack Schofield

August 1, 2015

"Your work has a voice, so I didn't change anything," That was my introduction to John. He was working with D&M on my first book and he would work with Sono Nis on my next two, In between, a friend who could I've advice without being critical. His enthusiasm has kept me reworking my latest novel.He is still there in my mind and always will be.

Roy MIKI

July 15, 2015

I am so saddened to hear of John's passing. I was not one of his close friends, but I will always cherish the memory of John's impeccable editorial work. He became the editor of my book on Japanese Canadian redress at a time I was encountering many difficulties with the compositional process. John provided precisely the editorial advice and guidance I needed, and with his invaluable assistance I was able to complete the book. During this process, I came to admire John as both a brilliant editor and a compassionate intellectual who possessed a deep understanding of social justice. He will be dearly missed.

Aaron Dantowitz

July 13, 2015

To all of John's loved ones:

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting John in person, his warmth, humour and dedication to his craft were nevertheless evident in the many e-mails and telephone calls that we exchanged over the years, working together on the Advocates' Journal. He will be sorely missed! Wishing you happy and lasting memories,

Aaron Dantowitz

Rick Antonson

July 13, 2015

I miss this man with his simmering smile, his laugh-as-he's-telling-a-story, and his quietly delivered invisible wisdom. He made tens of thousands of written pages better in ways large and not so large, for writers known and unknown. His care for the craft of writing seemed unending. Safe passage on, my friend.

Zofia Laubitz

July 4, 2015

I'm shocked and saddened to learn of John's passing, especially after seeing him so recently at the EAC conference. My sincere condolences to John's family and friends; he will be much missed.

Laurel Bernard

June 27, 2015

I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember John as a kind, decent man who helped me when I started freelance editing in Victoria. He was also a fine person to know and talk to. I'm sure he left a quiet legacy of good feelings and improved lives behind him throughout his life.

June 26, 2015

I am so sorry to hear about John. I met John frequently on his walks about our neighbourhood and he was always smiling and friendly.
I always looked up to see if he was at his desk when I went by the house.
He was a fine person and I will miss him.
Mary Janw Watson

Carol Zhong

June 26, 2015

My sincere sympathies to John's family. I was lucky to have John as my tutor in the summer book editing workshop at SFU. He generously shared his expertise and advice. I also appreciated his sense of humour, his wisdom, and his humility.

Nancy Pekter

June 26, 2015

My deep condolences to John's family and friends. I was extremely lucky to have him edit my book; it was a privilege to work with such a fine editor and gracious and generous human being. My daughter and I will miss his glorious photographs and seeing him in the neighbourhood.

Miranda Rozema

June 26, 2015

I'm so happy I was able to get to know Uncle John better while living in Victoria, he was a wonderful, intelligent, and loving man, full of life and great stories, I always looked forward to time spent in his company. He had the ability to bring joy to those around him always. He will be so missed by many.