He wasn’t born here, but apparently he’s been in Thunder Bay for so long that we might as well call him a Thunder Bayer.
He says people know him wherever he goes. I didn’t know his name was John (or Johnny if you’re being more casual), but I have met him before! At a funeral. At lots of funerals actually.
He works at Sargent & Son Funeral Home as the Assistant Director. This means he does a bit of everything, including welcoming patrons into the facility.
Funerals aren’t generally a happy occasion, but it’s quite nice to be greeted by a tall man in a dark suit with a big smile.
Now… if you’ll pardon me… I’ve always wanted to say this:
(I bet he’s never heard that before)
John was a bouncer/doorman at various clubs around town for many years and he was good at his job. I believe the phrase “making money hand-over-fist was used more than once during our conversation!
He likes the quiet life now: good friends and a long career at a respected funeral home. After a long day at work, John likes to stop off at one of his favourite pubs for a drink to unwind. Frida Kahlo in the background let’s us know that Johnny likes the Madhouse!
It was nice to officially meet you, John. It was sincerely a pleasure hearing you laugh and cackle. A warm person on a cold day!
I’ve been told, “You’ll never meet a nicer guy than Johnny!”
I think I believe it!