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Passing of JonParker

Many of you knew JonParker from his days on the DC / Baltimore board and more recently from sharing his enthusiasm for cooking at home and as part of his church's outreach programs. I'm sad to have to let you know that he recently passed away.

http://www.smithandkernke.com/sitemak...

This article was posted by a friend and colleague of Jon's really seemed to capture his spirit: http://bardofthelesserboulevards.yola...

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  1. This makes me really really sad, and I'm going to miss his posts. His food photos on Facebook always inspired me, and I really benefited from his posts when planning a trip to Baltimore. Thanks for everything, Jon.

    1. How very sad. I always looked forward to seeing one of his posts. They were well written and well reasoned. My prayers are with his family.

      1. Oh my goodness, I'm in shock. I'm (mostly) a lurker, but I've been lurking on the Washington/Baltimore board for years and years, and I don't recall a time Jon wasn't a regular poster. Agree with him or not (whether it be on chow or social issues), it is undeniable that he was well respected and made valuable contributions to the board community.

        Jacquilynne, are you able to post to that board to direct people here? I think there are many regular posters there who would want to know but may not check this board.

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        1. RIP Jon. While we rarely shared similar views on most topics, it is always nice to engage with someone who was as well thought out and as articulate as Jon was.

          God's speed, my prayers and condolences to his family.

          1. What sad news. I really enjoyed his posts.

            Thank you for sharing, Jacquilynne.

            1. Years and years ago Jon gave me a recipe for what he called "The Cadillac of Meatloaf". It's aptly named. I found a link for it here: http://www.food.com/recipe/the-cadill... It's my go-to meatloaf and I just call it Jon's meatloaf.

              He was a really good guy and we'll be poorer without him.

              1. So heart-wrenching. He left us far too soon. I've been meaning to make this Baltimore Peach Cake ever since Jon posted about it (oh, wow, years ago). I know peaches aren't in season, but I think I shall make this cake this weekend in Jon's memory anyway. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5355...

                (And maybe serve it with "Jon's meatloaf" that Pat just posted about!)

                Rest in peace, Jon. We will miss you.

                ~TDQ

                1. "And thank you for being a part of my life. It just wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun without you."

                  What a powerful sentence and send off.

                  1. Oh no! Such sad news! RIP Jon. You will be missed.

                    1. Sad news. Why do the very best CHs seem to leave us too soon?

                      1. Sad news indeed. I enjoyed Jon's posts and recipes.

                        1. Thanks for posting that Jacquilynne. Jon was incredibly kind hearted and a man that really put a lot of compassion into his posts.

                          1. I am so sad. He was always a voice of reason, and often the reason I was laughing at my screen. He'll be very, very missed.

                            1. This is tremendously sad news. His insights and kindness will be missed (and selfishly, yes, I'll miss someone whose politics I shared, even if I didn't share his gift for expressing the sentiments so well). His is a presence that will be missed on the boards and in the world.

                              1. I'll miss his posts. He had a rare talent for presenting strong opinions with good humor and grace.

                                Condolences to his family and friends.

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                                1. re: cowboyardee

                                  "He had a rare talent for presenting strong opinions with good humor and grace. "

                                  That's a rare talent indeed, and not just on Chowhound. I always enjoyed reading everything he wrote, and found him especially fun to read on Home Cooking. I has a sad:(
                                  The posted link really is a great tribute to a life well lived, though. Bravo.

                                2. So sad. My sympathies to his family and friends. Always knowledgeable with his posts on CH.

                                  1. So sad to hear that. He was a truly supportive and positive Chowhound. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

                                    1. Thanks for sharing this profoundly sad news Jacquilynne. Life is so fragile.

                                      Jon's voice will live on here at Chowhound and I share in the gratitude for his membership in our community that others have expressed.

                                      My thoughts go out to all who held him dear.

                                      1. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Very, very sad.

                                        1. My goodness, so sad indeed. My prayers to his close friends and family members. <3

                                          1. He was so young---deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Rest well, Jon.

                                            1. This is very sad. Another of The Best gone from the Chow community much too soon. Sending my deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Rest In Peace, Jon.

                                              1. Very sad news. Like others, I'll miss his passion for good home cooking and his thoughtful posts.

                                                I want to thank The Dairy Queen for linking to the peach cake thread in her post above. As she noted, it's not peach season, but I had everything on hand to make it with frozen peaches. It comes together easily, and is just the thing with a cup of tea.

                                                Baltimore peach cake - in memory of and with thanks to JonParker.