I was saddened to learn today – via a Peninsula Gateway obituary – that former reader columnist John Earl died last week. Our condolences to his wife Kathy and family.
Earl was one of our columnists in 2008. He was also a frequent letter writer and contributor to the newsroom’s BackTalk feature. He was very active in the Gig Harbor community, having served on the Peninsula School Board and the South Kitsap Parks Commission.
He was an opinionated guy, and his arguments were always cogent and respectful. His columns were thoughtful, usually humorous and always well-written, rarely needing an editor’s touch. He was fun to talk to, too.
His obituary fittingly concludes: “John will always be remembered for his loving heart, infectious smile, sense of humor and his love of wrestling.”
What a loss. Earl was only 51.
Here are some snippets from his reader columns: Read more »