At five minutes before seven on the evening of the
4th July 2005, after enduring great
suffering with remarkable strength and courage, our beloved John Stubblefield
left us on a soft note held gently at the end of a bitter sweet ballad.
Surrounded with love by wife Katherine Gogel, sister
Joyce Pattillo, cousins Harry Stubblefield and Stephanie Barber, and by
friends Rolando Briceño and Yvonne, John quietly passed away into paradise,
where he will compose brilliant works and perform music to fill the universe
with love, hope and joy. We will continue to be inspired by John's generosity
of spirit, his for ever glowing soul, and the vision of John's smiling
face, which always lights up the lives of everyone he encountered.
Thank you for sharing with us your thoughts about how
John touched your lives.
May peace be with us all.
Sincerely, Katherine, Joyce, Harry and Stephanie
Katherine Gogel 5 Granison Road Weston, MA 02493 email: email@example.com
27th June 2005
Since the 3rd April 2004, John Stubblefield has been hospitalized with prostate cancer. I have
been with him most of the time. Now I am with John day and night.
John is now here at Calvary Hospital in the
Bronx. John is very quiet these days. He also eats very little food and
drinks a little water. On the 19th May 2005, John's blood
pressure dropped drastically to 60 over 40. He was listed as critical.
We expected that we had very little time left with John. Recently, John
has been taken off the critical list. Just the same, I stay with John
day and night.
We still take each moment as it comes.
Some great things have happened since John was first
hospitalized. In September 2004, we went to Symphony Space in Manhattan, where the
Mingus Big Band was performing at a John Kerry fund raiser. John was on
stage with the band, sitting in his wheelchair, microphone in front of
him. He recited "Don't Let It Happen Here". John felt really
good about being back on stage with the band again and feeling the music
In October 2004, we went to the recording studio where
Sue Mingus had assembled the Mingus Big Band to record "Song With
Orange", "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk",
and "Pedal Point Blues", all arranged by John. During this six-hour
session, John conducted the band. The recording was released on 7th June 2005. We have been hearing good reviews about John's arrangements.
On 4th February 2005, John's sister Joyce had organized a surprise birthday party for John
at the apartment of Sue Mingus. Many of John's friends and family members
were there. The apartment was bursting. He was indeed surprised.
While John was at the nursing home, he completed writing
a 4th arrangement to a Mingus composition: "Prayer For Passive Resistance". The band has performed
it and John made sure they did it right after hearing the tapes. One day
Boris Kozlov came with the orchestral score and they made final corrections.
On the 23rd May 2005, Pastor Lind from Saint Peter's church in Manhattan came to
bless John. After the blessing, John wanted to phone my mother. When we
put her on, he asked her: "May I have permission to take your daughter's
hand in marriage?" We were all surprised and touched. Joyce and Rolando
Briceño were there. Pastor Lind ministered the marriage ceremony. It was
really sweet and brought much joy.
Here at Calvary Hospital, John
has received two very prominent visitors, bringing joy and excitement
to all those around. In March, Bill Cosby arrived one morning, taking
John completely by surprise. He was most delightful and even took time
to look in on other patients.
the 16th June 2005, President Clinton
arrived to visit John. It was a gorgeous visit, making so many people
happy. Clinton spoke of his
saxophones. He has not been able to play since three years, having written
his book and then undergoing the heart surgery. Clinton also visited
patients on his way out. Many have come from near
and far to visit John since April 2004. We are grateful for all
your support and healing thoughts. John is very quiet now. We like to
hold hands and smile at each other.
All we want is peace.
Thank you and be well.
Many thanks to Rene
for forwarding these tributes