Gosh, I'm sorry that I've been so slow to write you
about John. You know he and I were immediately and
lastingly good friends on and around Tour. We
even travelled together to New York to do a game
show of some sort, at the climax of which he, as
loser, was tipped over backwards in his chair and
out of sight, laughing his butt off, while "Hit the
road, Jack" blasted over the speakers.
He was a fine actor, your John. A shade or two
better than the rest of us, if truth be told.
Certainly more professional in how he went about his
job. He came onto the cast fresh from the
outside and seamlessly took his place. At that
point in the show, we'd all gotten a little wild,
and somehow this skinny blond kid with glasses sort
of reminded us that there'd be life after Tour and
helped settle us down.
I'm sorry John has passed, Mr Dye. I'm sorry
for your loss. I very much enjoyed our
Mississippi common ground when you visited the
set. I enjoyed, always, John's good
company. I liked him a lot. We all
did. And I especially am grateful that he and
I were friends.
I was so " touched" to recently learn that this
wonderful website has been established as a tribute to
a beautiful man: my cousin, John Dye.! So saddened by
the news of his passing, yet so lovingly replenished
by such loving,(although limited to childhood recall)
In viewing the website, reflections
and especially, "notes from John",..my heart was
beating so reverently to actually visualize his
handwriting: all capitols as I always recalled when we
carved our initials onto his backyard tree! It was
Godspeed reality type proof that the same "Johnny" I
knew wrote that, and just as I recall back to age ten,
5th? 6th grade,.
Johnny you were always cut out for something larger
than life as we were..always so humble,fun loving, God
loving and playful! How we laughed until the wee
hours,..and how I will always love to recall the awe I
watched your success grow into!
..For decades, it seemed like we tried to conspire yet
another cousin/family visit, only "next time Johnny
wants to see New York"..amazing how life and living is
exactly what happened while we were busy making other
..I am so honored to have known you, and of course
love you for whatever time we shared, dear cousin. It
is so evident that so many lives in our world have
been changed in your presence. Please give"Lady" Lynn
a big kiss and enjoy that heavenly embrace..
Oh,..and please do send my love to my mom,Aunt
Eunice and my dad Uncle Joe. I'll bet they were sure
so pleased to see you...I miss you all and will love
Your New York cousin, Loretta Christina Pittelli