He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Liz Fitzgerald. A Connecticut native and Virginia resident, John was an avid horseman and animal lover. He was well known as a Grand Prix rider on the East Coast jumping circuit, especially for his dashing performance in speed classes. He will be remembered in the New River Valley for the many times he competed at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show.
A celebration of John’s life will take place at a later date to honor his memory. In lieu of flowers, make a donation in John’s name to your favorite animal charity.