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Sarah Adams posted a condolence
Friday, April 29, 2022
I’ve known John since Lake Forest College, as we were among the first Foresters to go to Dijon. We’ve stayed in touch, on and off, over the years. Beth, my condolences to you and your family. John was one of the best people - and most interesting characters - I have known. I’ll miss him; I know you will, too, as will France. Fred Grevin (917-902-2462 and firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bob Corkhill planted a tree in memory of John Posniak
Saturday, April 23, 2022
Sending my deep sympathy for John's passing. Planting a new tree on this Earth Day will be a welcome memorial to the man. Peace.
A tree was planted in memory of John Posniak
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
My sincere sympathy,
Julie and Victor Rodwin planted a tree in memory of John Posniak
Monday, March 7, 2022
A small token to the memory of John Posniak from Julie and Victor Rodwin,With deepest sympathy,
Victor Rodwin posted a condolence
Monday, March 7, 2022
John was indeed a gentleman with exceptional sensitivity and empathy for others. Although we never knew one another as children growing up in two different worlds (the Rodwins in Cambridge and the Posniaks in Washington DC), we got to know one another rather well in the late 1980s and we worked closely together in organizing the extended relatives from the Weiss and Posniak families who had legitimate claims on shares of the German property of our grandfather George Posniak held jointly with Mr. Weiss and confiscated by the Nazis. Based on the careful work of my mother, Nadine, and her mother, Sonia, in keeping critical documents, and strengthened by my brother, Marc's, legal work, all of us succeeded in restituting the property to its rightful heirs. In this process, John drawing on his librarian skills was instrumental in conducting archival research and becoming a storehouse of knowledge and facts related to the German property and heirs and a family historian to boot. I remember once he uncovered the patents filed by our grandfather in France just before World War II. John was always available to speak, to conduct further research, to write beautiful notes and e-mails and to bring many of us together in search for common ground. I met John in Paris many times, in New York other times, and once in Washington DC he took my son, Aaron, to the Air and Space Museum and gained his deep affection within hours! But most of our time together was on the phone and across e-mail. I always told him that he was a good writer and that he should write up his recollections and stories and he said he would. Perhaps we can find fragments here and there and organize them in one place for all of us to read. I shall be looking for photos over the next few months as I go through many old boxes and shall post or send to Beth if I find good ones! I am so pleased we got to know one another and I will treasure the memories of special moments together. Victor Rodwin
Hank Thomas posted a condolence
Sunday, March 6, 2022
RIP, Poz. A gentle man and a gentleman, John and I were besties in early elementary school at Murch. A family move not far away, but far enough for kids, changed that, but we rekindled our friendship at our Wilson class of '64's reunion in 2014, and we got together many times after that. As when we were six years old, he was always wonderful company, but now he had many great stories of a lifetime well lived to go with his engaging personality. I will miss you, John, but thanks for the friendship we shared. Hank Thomas
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Saturday, March 5, 2022