This tribute was added by Denise Valentin on October 12, 2018
Today is your birthday and there are many people who love and miss you. I wish I had the chance to talk with you before you left us. Happy Birthday John.
This tribute was added by Doris Gracy on January 17, 2018
To My Son

My heart still aches for you, my son.
The tears still fall each day.
The kaleidoscope that was my life
Has turned to shades of gray.

My heart still aches for memories past
And my dreams for you I’ll never see,
But my heart will always hold secure
The boundless love you gave yo me.
This tribute was added by Doris Gracy on January 12, 2018
On January 29, 2017, an all-day musical memorial celebration was held for John, arranged by Danny Moore. A Youtube recording is available at this link:
At the end of the event, the following beautiful eulogy was delivered by John's friend, Dylan Osborne.

John "Suntiger" Gracy

Every now and then in this thing called life, we come across a person that we feel an instant connection to, someone you feel as though you have known forever. Call it a kindred spirit, a synchronized partner in crime, call it what you will, but the day that I had my first conversation with John Suntiger, I immediately tuned right into him. It was love at first laugh.

So many times, so many fun times spent with John throughout the years are gems in my mind that I will forever hold onto and hang onto and cherish. The places that he's taken me, the things that he showed me in those places. Sometimes words just fall short, but I'm gonna do my best to come up with a tribute that would make John smile.

My friend, my brother, my teacher--a cut above the rest. John left this mortal coil in much the same fashion that he lived his life--on his own terms. Life, little more than a spiritual schoolhouse maybe--a place to learn, a place to study, a place to grow, and yet, so very much more. John shined his light on our community, literally and figuratively, for some of the greatest years, finest moments of our lives, making each second richer, fuller, and just plain awesome simply with his presence. Kick back, smiling, hat pulled down. Even now in his physical absence, his light still shines brilliantly through the sadness and loss of each of us who had the privilege of knowing him. We are all forever changed by the solid, unwavering spirit that he embodied. He was a beacon of love within our loving community, a brother of mine, within a family of like-minded brothers and sisters. The walking, talking, laughing, dancing, shining personification of love itself. That's who he was. That's who he is now. Leaving this physical realm. Timeless. Infinite. Back up into the whole of everything, his spirit sailing through the cosmos.

John was a well of knowledge, a beacon of insight, and a master of good conversation. A dull word I never heard pass through his lips. When he spoke, it burned a hole straight through all the bullshit, through all ego and all fear, and got right down to the heart of things. Injustice trembled in the presence of his logic, and all things genuine and pure were immediately finer in his company.

John had a way of recognizing the pain, insecurity, and uncertainty in others, and whether knowingly or not, comforted them with exactly what needed to be heard at precisely the right moment and presented in the perfect context that each situation demanded. This wasn't just because John understood the trials and joys of others--he literally felt them and shared them.

As I sit here thinking of John a flood of memories come rolling in. I see him on stage. It's a bright, sunny Thursday morning in West Virginia. The festival is kicking off--that familiar frenzy of red, yellow, blue, and green tents and canopies popping up--cars pulling in. John hops off the ladder and rushes back stage in a flash. He is back in 3 seconds with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, and back up the ladder he goes. He's hanging a huge, white owl above the center of the stage to light up with his visuals once the sun goes down. It looks amazing--and it's not even dark yet--no lights--not yet--just that owl. Wings stretched, eyes wide, that owl that he designed, that he cut, that he put together, that he brought right here for all of us to see.

To call John an old soul is like accusing the sky of being big. You could just tell this wasn't his first time around this place. I only recently learned that John was 50 years old--50 years. He didn't show it. That's half a century. A half century of ups and downs, lessons learned, battles fought, sparks struck, and fires lit. And the fires he lit were many. They dot the festival grounds of our memories and light up the foggy twilight of this new dawn that we all must face without him.

It's up to each of us now to carry on for him, to be the bearers of his torch, the keepers of his flame, the heirs to that magnificent love and light that he shared with all of us all so graciously.

John loved words. Some of the last words he sent my way are even more powerful now in his absence:
"I'm gonna continue to believe in the impracticality that love exists in everyone's locality. Seek that out, and embolden it. I'm with you in spirit..."

And he most certainly is and always will be. So long, Brother. We love you!
This tribute was added by Denise Valentin on January 11, 2018
For some reason today, I decided to try to find John to see how he was doing and came across the articles about his death. He was the love of my life back in the late 80's. I am so heartbroken to hear about his death. Some of the pictures shown were from when I knew him and it makes me happy to have known him but sad to know he is gone. I have posted a few pictures I had kept of him.
This tribute was added by Dhyani Stiefel on October 26, 2017
On John’s birthday, October 12, I and other devotees of the Lord had a little celebration for the appearance of Radha-kunda, at New Vrindavan Radha-kunda. Each year on the day of Radha-kunda I will celebrate having the love of John in my life.
This tribute was added by Deborah Martin on February 22, 2017
I did not know John very well but I have known Doris his mother for many years since I was a little girl living in Vietnam. Doris cared for me and my siblings for a few weeks in Vietnam and she was such a loving caring parent. I saw the way she cared for her two children John and Jenny when I visited them in Iran many years later. John was very young then. With the upbringing he had from his mother and dad I am sure he was a very compassionate loving man in his adult years. My heart breaks for the loss of John for his mother and sister Jenny.I can only pray for them and for John's peace. I draw most of my comfort from Psalms and the writings of Jesus. I pray this for them. I love you so much Doris. You have been like a second mother to me and I'm sure you were the best ever for John. My love and continued prayers. Deb Spohr Martin
This tribute was added by Dhyani Stiefel on February 19, 2017
It was always a pleasure to see or receive contact from John. His fine speech and intelligence, and spiritual assets are remembered dearly. I am now separated from my friend and well wisher. He has left my sight and therefore there is every reason to be sorry, The feeling of separation is very painful. John and I have a relationship based on spiritual ideals and soul realization that transcends the physical, therefore my mind and heart are pacified and my soul is blessed by my eternal association with John. The preliminary instruction in the Bhagavad-gita is that one should know that the identity of the living entity is not lost even at the end of the present body. John used his intelligence for artistic and philosophical pursuits, John is more spiritual energy then material energy, a sign of his progress on the path of the realization of Self. I celebrate his ideals, dreams, and accomplishments. In a peaceful place I have a constant spiritual reminder. In the peace of my heart our relationship continues. John Suntiger Gracy is still with me as the presence of goodness, gratefulness, gentleness, and loveliness.
This tribute was added by Jennifer Candotti on January 28, 2017
Tribute posted by Martha Holt on January 22, 2017

"John was the son of my long time high school friend, Doris. The last time I saw John was at Doris' birthday celebration in 2010. She has been such a comfort and support for me during my husband's long term illness and passing recently. She spoke of John frequently during this time. Doris and I have shared many losses during our journey but the loss of a child is unimaginable. My heart aches for Doris and Jenny. May family and friends give them comfort and our Heavenly father give them peace.
My love to you. Martha"
This tribute was added by Jackie Sines on January 27, 2017
When John presented the eulogy for my Mom, he referred to "a tapestry of love" that a family weaves. I have never forgotten those words, and I will never forget John's many kindnesses and the laughs and tears we shared in the weaving of our family tapestry. Thoughts and prayers for his Mom and sister now, and in the days to come. ❤
This tribute was added by Dhyani Stiefel on January 25, 2017
The Jiva, known as John Patrick Suntiger Gracy is eternal. John's pursuit of self-realization in his last reincarnation will serve him well. He is in the presence of God. His desire to pursue a life of truth, awareness, and bliss endeared him to all. His last words to me I give to you - love love love.
This tribute was added by Angie C on January 19, 2017
Jenny and Doris, my thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the future as you contemplate the loss of a brother and son.
This tribute was added by Kelly Edmonds on January 18, 2017
John was immensely talented, undeniably smart and funny, and more importantly kind. I don't know that he ever met a stranger. From the moment I met him, I felt like I'd know him forever. That was John. We met as the result of both of us having Lyme disease. John was active in local Lyme awareness from doing the light show at Bless the Woods to running the reel of a Lyme doc-short at Shepherd. Our paths didn't cross very frequently, but I was always glad when they did. Lyme disease sucks. It can be unrelenting and painful and lonely. It can destroy lives. It definitely is a disease you don't "get" until you get it. Rest in peace, John
This tribute was added by Donna Stephen on January 17, 2017
Such a beautiful soul gone way to soon I have thought of
you everyday since you left may all the angels be with you on
your journey❤❤❤
This tribute was added by Lisa Duff Craft on January 17, 2017
John, May You Shine On, as your light brightened many here on this Journey! Peace ✌Love
This tribute was added by Mieke Van Heusden on January 16, 2017
I am a very close friend of Doris for more than 20 years even though I am across the ocean. I have never met John, but feel I know him because of all that Doris had told and shown me of his. I feel so saddenend and so heartbroken for Doris who lost her beautiful, special son. I also really feel for his sister and nephew. Rest in peace John
This tribute was added by Michael Bruso on January 16, 2017
See you on the other side John. You will not be forgotten!
This tribute was added by Krista Youtz on January 16, 2017
I am laying a flower in memory of you John and the greatness you shared with everyone you encountered, stranger or friend. John didn't have enemies, everyone was a friend to him and he accepted you regardless of who you were or your story. He was open to all different walks of life. John and I shared in that we have both suffered from Lyme disease for a large portion of our lives. We shared in the pain that is causes emotionally and physically. My heart goes out to Sara and Doris and all of Johns friends and family. My hope and prayers is that we all find comfort in the memories we have of John and the way he enlightened the world with his spirit. He lives on yet not in this world, his spirit is with us always.
This tribute was added by Richard Brandeis on January 15, 2017
Though I had never had the pleasure of meeting John, I have been friends with his mother Doris for many years. At times like this in our lives, we seek answers and yet they are never to be found. Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained and it is the sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one as the price we pay to have had them in our lives. John touched many lives and now he rests eternal, never far away from our thoughts as well as our hearts.
This tribute was added by Donna Schmader on January 15, 2017
I only met John once but remember him fondly.  I was Facebook friends and enjoyed our communications and exchange of ideas. My condolences to John's Mom, family and friends.
This tribute was added by John Bijarney on January 15, 2017
John was a swirling center of creative energy and a good friend. I know this from his visuals and conversations about our spiritual paths. We haven't seen each other since 2009 when I left Charles Town but have kept in touch on Facebook. I was hoping for a visit and some fishing. John is in a place we spoke of often, one of presence spawning love and union with all that is. I will miss knowing you are there, John.
This tribute was added by Brent Graham on January 15, 2017
John was my neighbor for several years and he was a great neighbor. He was friendly, always willing to help, and great to talk to. He would do magnificent things for Halloween and all the neighborhood kid's would love it. He would also set up his elaborate lights several times a year and let the kids dance in front of them. He would just sit there and smile and you could tell that he really loved making people happy. My kids will never forget "The light man" as they called him, and neither will I. You could tell that John took great joy in life by making others happy, and that is an admirable trait that gets rarer by the day. John and I weren't super close but we had plenty of friendly chats and his death has affected me deeply. He was just too good of a man to deserve this kind of ending, and it saddens me to think about it. He was a very spiritual man and I hope that his spirit lives on and that he knows that his spirit effected my spirit in a very positive manner and that I will always think of him with fondness and good memories.
This tribute was added by Walter Jackson III on January 15, 2017
I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of John's death. We met only when we worked together on the project of sending water to the Charleston area and became friends on Facebook. He often forwarded me information on train videos and railroad history. Rest in Peace John. I pray that His family will find comfort and strength. Rev. Walter A. Jackson, III
This tribute was added by Jeanne Sines on January 14, 2017
There are no words for the loss of the man I shared over 20 years of my life and who forever changed it in the process. He played a major role in raising my 3 boys and loved them as his own. He was there for me through the loss of both my parents and even presented the eulogy at my mom's service. The experiences and memories we shared are forever a part of me. I have been blessed to have a few people in my life that I know would always be there if I needed them, no matter the time or distance, and John was one them.
This tribute was added by Tracy Gentry on January 13, 2017
Although I did not get to spend much time with John but I know he was an exceptional individual. He will be missed greatly by all of his loved ones. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew and loved him.
May your angelic spirit be with us all as we continue our journeys.
This tribute was added by CJ Broschart on January 13, 2017
January 10th is date that will stick with me for the rest of my existence. I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of this man who provided me with so many enjoyable times as a child. He was a father figure to me and I loved him as such. There were many times where we did not see eye to eye...But I was a teenager then and I needed tough love at times instead of a friend. However, when I did need a friend he was there. John, I will always live with the life lessons you taught me and I will always regret the fact that we didn't keep in touch these last few years...I love you. Grandmother Gracy and Jenny, I am so sorry for your loss of a son and a brother. I miss you both and hope that you know that I have always considered you family. Just remember, time heals all even though there are moments you still feel the pain. I love you guys!!!

This tribute was added by Joe Gray on January 13, 2017
John, you are greatly missed. A brilliant mind, someone who cared deeply about injustice and longed for a more perfect world. He had a great laugh. I will miss his writings, a unique man. He saw things that few have seen and expressed himself beautifully. Much love brother John.
This tribute was added by Terri Moose on January 13, 2017
Cousin John John....I have always loved you. I remember our times at the lake and you being the ringbearer in my wedding. You have always been so handsome, intelligent and vibrant. I cannot believe you are gone. You will never be forgotten. Fly with the Angels my dear cousin.
This tribute was added by Jan Sines-Sisson on January 13, 2017
The handsome young man I met in 1992 ,when he accompanied my sister to a family wedding, entered our lives, hearts and family forever.  My heart is so heavy for his family today . Especially so for his Mother and Sister. There are no words to adequately express my sorrow over this tragic loss.. I pray for comfort that can come only from Heaven as you walk through this very difficult time.
This tribute was added by Dawn Crock on January 13, 2017
Our small world has been shattered by the loss of such a creative and poetic genius. Our hearts have been shattered by the loss of a very dear friend. Rest easy John. Be at peace.

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