He lived … He sailed …
Pat and I received this email today, about a very long-time member of the Rio Grande Sailing Club. We saw him out on the water about a month ago, on what may have been his last sail. We’ll miss him, and we wish the best for his friends and family.
We would like to inform everyone that John Morgan Bristol passed away this morning, May 16. He was 71 years and 10 days old when he passed, and he was surrounded by his loving wife Bonnie, children Andy, Amy and Kate, and brother Ed. John died peacefully and with dignity at home after a recurring battle with head and neck cancer.
We have attached a copy of the obituary that will run next week in the local T or C newspapers. John wrote it himself last summer as only he could. Please help us celebrate his life by raising a toast to him when you read this message.
Bonnie, Andy, Amy, Kate, Ed
John Morgan Bristol OBITUARY
John Morgan Bristol, age 71, passed away at home on May 16, 2006. He was born May 6, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA, the first of the two sons of John and Alice Bohan Bristol. He was the husband of Bonnie Kay Kamp Bristol from Washington, IL. They were married at St. Charles in Albuquerque in 1962. John and Bonnie lived in Champagne Hills, Sierra Co. since 1997. He was the father of Christopher Kamp Bristol, deceased, of Buffalo, NY; Dr. John Andrew Bristol of Bethesda, MD; Dr. Amy Jean Bristol of Santa Barbara, CA; Mrs. Kathryn Elizabeth Bristol Stientjes (Blair) of San Francisco, CA. He was the grandfather of Isabella Quijada Bristol and John Christopher Bristol and Larkin Elizabeth Stientjes. His brother, Edmund Gray Bristol, lives in Corrales and his sister, Mary Lou Wilkerson, lives in Albuquerque.
He was proud of his family and its century-long military service and his Jesuit education. He was schooled at St. Scholastica, Aspinwall, PA; St. James, Falls Church, VA; Quantico HS, VA; St. Ignatius HS, San Francisco, CA; Santa Clara University, CA, BSME, 1957; Case Institute, Cleveland, OH.
He earned the family’s living as a mechanical engineer for 50 years at ACF; LASL; Lieutenant, US Army, Armor; NASA; Bell Aerospace; DynaMech Sciences; AMSCO; Ritter/Sybron; Pulsafeeder; Helios; BIF; and APV Gaulin. His patents involved the generation, application, containment, and control of high pressure.
He frequently raced sailboats as crew and skipper on Lakes Erie, Ontario, Canadaigua, the Atlantic Ocean, the Sea of Cortez, and Elephant Butte Lake where he and his crews (Bush, Brock, Petty, Strang, Hoffecker, etc.) enjoyed a bit of winning. He promoted sailing and racing with free instructions and invitations to race, lured by a free lunch from Bonnie.
He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Hydraulic Institute, and the Rio Grande Sailing Club where the Pickle Race with the Boys & Girls Ranches was a favorite, and Moose Lodge #2050 in T or C. He was a director for the Eastshore Road District Association and assisted the Champagne Hills Architectural Committee.
His body has been donated to medical science and there will be no services. A toast and a prayer, wherever friends meet or talk about John Bristol, would be just fine. Memorial donations may be made to New Mexico Boys/Girls Ranches, PO Box 9, Belen, NM 87002-0009, which he liked to help. If no one has a joke, try reading “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service. His book is in the north guest bedroom.
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