"Carolyn, johnny, Amy and Erin,We are so thankful that Johnny called us yesterday. We talked of the irony that the reason we are not with you today, is that we are with Grand Circle, in Europe, where we first met you, only a brief, but event filled two years ago. We feel as if we have known you for years. In fact, as we were at breakfast yesterday with a bunch of humorless folks twice my age, Danny blurted, "Looks like trip needs a couple of Griffins on it". We so wish we could be with you today. It was two years ago this week when our paths first intersected. Approaching the world famous, and really overrated, studednt prison at Heidelburg, and all of us couldnt believe we were climbing up this narrow stairs at 100 degrees and 100% humidity to a musty, smelly hole. The friendship began.So many outstanding memories flood through us today. most important to us was our nite at a Danube shore tavern. John decided that at 18 and 16, Danny and Delaney were old enough to join the four of us for a few Stella Artois' riverside, and the six of us sat for a couple of hours getting to know each other. John and Carolyn were on a boat with dozens of folks their either knew or where just one degree of separation from knowing, yet had the energy and outgoingness to make four new friends--two of them teenagers. This was the wonderful spirit and personality of john and \carolyn. So many more wonderful things happened on that trip, including the lost cause of Carolyn trying to teach Danny and Delaney bridge; John and I gave up in search of a beer.The friendship seemed cemented when we watched fireworks that night at midnight, and I was to tired to go, Carolyn inisted, so I showed up in my PJ'S; John found more beer. Most importantly for us, over the two years, John had a profound impact on both of our kids, but Danny particularly. He observed Johns gregarious personality, his sucessful marriage, and his obvious love of his kids and grandkids. Danny doesnt have many friends John's age, but john had a way about him that attracted people to him. john was the primary influence in Danny decision to attend Butler University. He was (And is) looking forward to attending, but know with a bitter caveat. But know he has an extra incentive to be a well rounded, successfull bull dog--to honor his friend's memory and make him proud.My last conversation with John shared our passion for Amercian history. He called to let me know he read an article about a new ranking of presidents, with an unusual twist. It ranked John Tyler, (who) first. We talked for two hours--Pam and carolyn were thinking "what??" We were looking forward to continuing our conversation. We will be with Grand Cirle for the next two weeks. Doubtlessly, we will be reminicing about John as we raise our glasses and wipe our eyes. Delaney said last nite at dinner, " it 's just not fair, we had so much more to learn from him" and she is right. We had dared to think that we had an unlimited supply of John, and we wished we did. We all want more time with him to hear his stories. learn from his paternal wisdom, and roll with his infectious laugh. He was a great husband, dad , grand dad, friend and role model. We will miss him horribly, and celebrate the we had the opportunity to be a small part of a great man's life. please be surrounded by our arms today. We hope we can see you in Indy the weekend of july 12, when Danny has some stuff at Butler.much love, sympathy, joy, and celebration,The Drew'sScott, Pam Delaney and Danny"