John Salley
  • 61 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 1, 1954
  • Date of passing: May 12, 2015
Let the memory of John be with us forever

This memorial was created in fond memory of a man who has touched hundreds of lives in central ohio, John Salley. What is shared here are testimonies to John' s positive impact on so many. He was truly a ray of sunshine, a rock to stand on, and a constant help for many families during their most trying and dark times.  

"Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see" - Mark Twain 

- Created in honor of John by his Developmental Disabilities community.

Link to Obituary created by John's family and friends:

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Katrina Rausenberg on 25th May 2015

"I only met John a couple times, but he was one of the most caring and helpful people I have ever worked with!  Even though he always had way too much on his plate, he made time for those of us who had yet to be assigned our own case worker in order to make sure we could get the information that we needed to have the assistance for our children.  He will be missed for sure. :("

This tribute was added by Janet Hansen on 19th May 2015

"John was the first point of contact for so many of our families and they always had positive things to say about John in what was often a very stressful time for them.  He was patient, supportive and a great advocate and source of information.  He will be greatly missed by so many."

This tribute was added by Lindsay Fletcher on 18th May 2015

"John was a tremendous resource, ally, and friend of Helping Hands Center for Special Needs (Columbus, OH).  He worked tirelessly for our students to ensure they had the funding and supports needed to access therapies.  John demonstrated his commitment to families by keeping so many of them on his personal caseload even after helping them gain access to services, and he was always familiar with each individual family/child when asked about them.  We could always count on John to follow up with calls and emails immediately because he understood that follow through on the administration end equaled access to services on the family's end.  John was a gem to work with, truly one in a million, and he will be missed by so many."

This tribute was added by maryann belavitz on 17th May 2015

"John was a great friend and grew to become to become more like a big brother then anything.      tom and I have loss a part of our family but know he will always watch over us.  love and prayers to his children and family     (((hugs))))"

This tribute was added by Bette Feist on 16th May 2015

"John was someone I could count on to assist families who needed Service Coordination as they left the Help Me Grow program when their child became 3. I knew if they could link with John they would receive compassionate information from a person who truly did care.  The special needs community is better and stronger due to John's hard work, care and sense of humor.  All of us will miss John.  I wish the family peace, prayers and hugs."

This tribute was added by Robin Patrick on 15th May 2015

"John Salley was the first person I was linked up with for my son when we moved to Columbus over 4 years ago.  He helped us navigate some very stressful waters and provided me with a multitude of resources.  What I remember most about him though is his positive attitude,  and how even when I would call him crying with a hard problem we were facing,  I was always smiling by the end of the conversation. He was such an asset to this community and liked by so many.  He will be truly missed.  Hugs and prayers to his family during this tough time ♡"

This tribute was added by Kelly Syferd on 15th May 2015

"Six years ago, my family was blessed with the guidance and huge heart of John Salley. We were just beginning our Autism journey and he sat with me, answering my countless questions and showed me the way. He was one of the first to tell me it would all be ok. John will forever hold a special place in my heart for being the guiding light in a very troubling time in our lives. John, thank you for being there for us, complete strangers who you took right under your wing. You will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Rob Sweitzer-Hard Rider on 15th May 2015

"Our Brother John "Truck" Salley was and will always be guiding hand and shining example on what being a True Brother was all about.. We will miss his LARGE presence and support for this club.. He will NEVER be forgotten by us.. G.B.N.F. .. We love ya Brother and will hold our endless respect for you in our hearts.. Rob "Hard Rider" Sweitzer .. Defiant Crew MC - National Tres."

This tribute was added by Sonia Lloyd-Barnett on 14th May 2015

"John was my son's first coordinator and such a wealth of knowledge. I don't think there was a question he couldn't answer. During one of my son's meetings he looked at me and very seriously asked "mom, what do you do to take care of yourself?" When I didn't have an answer, he said "if you don't take care of yourself, you will never be able to take care of your son." I have taken those words and have tried to make time for me as much as possible. John, thank you for helping all of us on this journey. Prayers for your family. You will be truly missed."

This tribute was added by Julianne Mott on 14th May 2015

"John was the very first person we met with Franklin County when we started our journey into 'the system'. Fresh from our diagnosis appointment, John got us into intake at the earliest possible time by looking up rules and exceptions. He went the extra mile so our daughter could start services as soon as possible. When we had our meeting I met with the kindest, most sincere person that I have ever had the pleasure of working with in Franklin county. I will never forget that meeting. John looked at me and could see I was frightened. He put his hand over mine and looked me in the eyes and told me ' everything is going to be alright'.  You missed, John Salley."

This tribute was added by Joseph Harris on 14th May 2015

"5 years ago John helped me get my son enrolled with the FCBDD. He was kind, patient and understanding. The SN community has lost a champion."

This tribute was added by jennifer kile on 14th May 2015

"I met John about 6 years ago.  I was a new Mom of a very medically fragile child I had just brought home from the hospital.  I was new to the world of waivers, respite, nursing etc. and so overwhelmed with the red tape of it all.  John invited me to come into his office for some guidance.  I was so impressed with him and his kindness and I have never forgotten him.  I'm sorry to hear he has passed but I hope the family takes comfort in knowing what an impact he had on so many lives."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Maron on 14th May 2015

"John was such a wonderful intake coordinator. We met him a couple of years ago and he helped us SO MUCH. I just saw him again a couple of months ago and he had remembered us. I am so sorry that you have passed John."

This tribute was added by Maria Kritikos Oakes on 14th May 2015

"I've only known John for 1 year and in that year- he was our lighthouse when we didn't where to go or what to do to navigate our 'new' life.  I'm not sure all of thank you's I wrote or said will ever be enough for what he's done to help guide me and my family.  You will be sorely missed, John.  Prayers & hugs to your family for peace."

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