- April 13, 1941 - April 28, 2012
- Overland Park, Kansas
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Cheri and Family,
I was so surprised to learn of John passing away today (7-14-12). We had kept in touch (had to keep up on Grandkids and Great-Grandkids) and I was wondering why I hadn't heard from him. I am so sorry for your loss and know you miss him every minute of every day. I loved his funny stories and learned a lot from him when I worked for him. I will miss him and keep all of you
Posted by: Janie (Platter) Daniels - Clinton, MO - Friend Jul 16, 2012
It has been a month and seems only yesterday. keeping my promise of doing a good deed weekly for needy as you wanted. We shared without having anyone know so you were my mentor. You would tell me how to respond or ask and you were always right. Cher and I talk daily and boy the loss is magnified so much as each day passes. Four beautiful children to love and a baby lost but with you in heaven.
Posted by: Donna - Brooksville,, FL - sister in law May 28, 2012
John was a delightful colleague especially since we shared a similar background from our Jesuit education to our interest in information technology. We were also both transplants from the East Coast.
He was a terrific CIO for St. Luke's and a great Board Member for RCTIE, an IT association housed in KC's Jesuit University.
My greatest memory was our lunches discussing first, the challenging life for a CIO and how much fun he was having at St. Luke's, keeping them well ahead
Posted by: Jim Maloney - Kansas City, MO - Board Service to RCTIE May 11, 2012
You were tough through to the end! You join the big HIE in the sky. The one we almost completed in Kansas City!
I am sure you are explaining to God what "cloud" based computing means.
The world will miss your enthusiasm, your commitment to excellence, your relentless pursuit of amazing!
I, like many who trained with you, will miss your talent, your inquisitiveness, your zeal for our profession, industry, and city. But most important, your life loyal friendship.
God speed my good friend.
Rest in Peace.
Posted by: Kevin Sparks - Kansas City, MO - Friend May 09, 2012
As my only brother-in-law and maid of honor at his wedding I learned the many aspects of John's life that inspired me to use in my own daily life. WE shared Christianity although different religions. He would call me the kind soul and I would repeat it back.I could get his dander up at family gatherings if I ttied to have the end piece of turkey or ham before he finished carving. Family meals were important to both Cher and
Posted by: Donna MacLeod Aho - Brooksville, FL - sister in law (Cher's sister) May 06, 2012
I am so very sorry or your loss. The difference John made in people's lives extends farther than even he may have realized. Because of John and The Lord, I am able to provide for my family. I pray for your comfort and peace during your time of grieving. Num 6:24-26.
Posted by: Philip - Largo, FL - John Made A Difference May 06, 2012
In my memory, John will always be smiling.
I met John when starting a project for the Governor of Kansas, and he was one of the first to clearly understand the possibility of the effort. His efforts on that project were sincere and in the years since, when our paths would cross, he was always supportive and quick with practical ideas.
Posted by: Andrew Weniger - Apex, NC - Professional May 06, 2012
My Deepest Sympathy to the Wade family.
I remember John many years ago when he would come down to
Ed & Maureen's home in Marshfield. we had a lot of good times
He is at peace
Posted by: Theresa Catabia - Brant Rock - Friend to Ed. Wade May 05, 2012
I was blessed to be a spiritual advisor for John. He was deeply devoted to God, and God was very much part of his interior life.
I keep him in my prayers.
Posted by: Rev. Edward Vacek, S.J. - Lima Peru - spiritual director May 05, 2012
“Those to whom much is given, much is expected.” John is the faithful and trusted servant that met his Master’s expectations. He shared his love, energy, wisdom and willing help with all those he met and the love was always returned.
John has been and remains my close friend and mentor. Nearly every day, after not working directly with John for many years, I still find myself asking “what would John do.” He always made himself available, giving of himself helping
Posted by: Jerry & Gay Scherer - Tulsa, OK - Friend May 05, 2012
Dear Cheri.. Mike and I were saddened by the news. John was a very gracious and generous person. I truly enjoyed working for him and getting to know his family. Again, if there is anything you need please don't hesitate. you are your family are in our prayers.. take care
Posted by: Mary Griner - Orland Park, IL, IL - Worked for John in early 80's May 04, 2012
How saddened we are to learn of John's passing. But rejoice with you that John is resting peacefully in the arms of His Savior. We send our prayers for you all and the sweetest of memories to sustain you as you grieve this great loss.
Former Wheaton neighbors and friends,
Pete and Ede Larmon
Posted by: Pete and Ede Larmon - Wheaton, IL May 04, 2012
John was always a fun guy to talk with and visit at St Lukes. He always found time to see me even though I was a pesky sales guy. He will be missed.
Posted by: David Salazar - Austin, TX - I knew John trough his work May 04, 2012
Dear Cheri and family,
I am sorry to learn of your loss. I must have cried for at least 30 minutes when I learned the news of John's passing. Because I know that John was so strong in his faith, I know that he is probably looking down at me right now and wondering what all the fuss is about.
I first met John as a sales representative for Knowledge Data Systems in 1988, while he was the CIO for St.
Posted by: Susan Chindemi - Downingtown, PA - Professional May 04, 2012
I worked only briefly with John on a few consulting projects that FCG assisted his team with at St. Luke's in the mid 1990's. But I kept in touch with John through the last 15 years at industry trade shows. His energy and passion for our industry was amazing. He taught many of us how to be leaders in this industry.
John - I will miss seeing you and catching up on your views of the industry. You have truly made a mark in healthcare and in this world.
Posted by: Ron Jones - Baltimore, MD - Friend and Colleague May 04, 2012
I will never forget that John (Mr. Wade) took me to my first professional baseball game (White Sox/Red Sox). I think his love of the Red Sox and New England accent has carried with me all my life, as I have always had a soft spot for all things Boston! I am glad he graced Wheaton from 1979-1987, so that I could know him, and the family he loved so dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during
Posted by: Melissa Larmon - Chicago, IL - friend May 03, 2012
To John's Family & All the Wade Families,
My Sincere Sympathy and Prayers.
Posted by: Francine FOLEY-Sahlas - Somervill, MA May 03, 2012
I was shocked and saddened by the news of John's passing. I had only met him a couple of times, but he was always very warm and friendly. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family as they go through this difficult time. RIP, John. You will be missed.
Posted by: Candi Southall - Leawood, KS - KCOI May 03, 2012
RIP John. Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement over the years. I'm particularly stuck on our celebratory greeting after the Sox won the WS in 2004 while we were attending HIMSS at San Diego. Pauline and I will keep you and your family in our prayers accent and all!
Posted by: Dennis L'Heureux - Rockford, IL - Friend May 03, 2012
My life, and Penny’s too (my wife of 39 years) are richer as a result of our friends John & Cheri Wade. John was one of the most engaging people I have ever known. He “tuned in” and listened with great interest in every conversation. His sincerity and genuineness were exceptional. As others have stated, his integrity, optimism and energy were indeed contagious. He inspired everyone to “believe in better” and he worked tirelessly to improve healthcare through information technology.
Posted by: Matt & Penny Terstriep - Spring Hill, KS - Friend May 03, 2012
When John became Board Chair in June of 2007, he brought his engaging smile, his unique sense of humor, and his strong commitment to the HIMSS cause and its growth. John called his role as chair both the “challenge and opportunity” of HIMSS becoming an international organization while continuing to provide leadership for the use of health IT. All of these challenges, during a crucial time in the United States and John provided the leadership. He was an involved and
Posted by: Steve Lieber - Chicago, IL - CEO/President of HIMSS May 03, 2012
John you were a great person, friend and mentor. You always made time to talk. I will truly miss you. May God bless you and your family. May God give you family the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Posted by: Todd Weltmer - Shawnee, KS - Friend and colleague May 03, 2012
I worked with John back in the early to mid 80"s @ Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was such a wonderful person to work with and was always kind and helpful to others, which helping them to get "IT" when it came to automating our processes in health care.
I also lived in Kansas City, MO for 9 years and our paths crossed yet again.
John's passing has made the world a little wiorse off! May he rest in peace for an eternity!
With deep sympathy,
Posted by: Lewis Hughes - New Orleans, LA - Professional Colleague May 03, 2012
I always enjoyed the Chime Focus groups John participated in. His fore-site and input was an inspiration to all. John will be missed by all who know him. May God Bless him and his family.
Posted by: Jack McCloskey - Middleville, MI - HIMSS Fellow May 02, 2012
I am deeply saddened to learn of John's passing. Wonderful memories will remain with me from our years at the Longwood Avenue hospitals in Boston to our years in Chicago that followed. As we grew in wisdom in healthcare information technology, we grew in friendship. I could always call upon John for good advice and straight-forward feedback tempered by quick humor and a smile.
I offer my sympathy to Cheri and family.
Posted by: Walt Menning - Rochester, MN - Friend and colleague May 02, 2012
You were a great frsiend who always had time to listen. This Dad and Papa will miss you both at HIMSS and all year.
Posted by: John Templin - Greenfield Center, NY - friend through HIMSS May 02, 2012
John made everyone laugh and smile. While we had limited conversations over the years, he made everyone feel like his friend. He made a huge contribution to our industry and will be missed! Thank you for sharing him with us.
Posted by: Sue Schade - Boston, MA - colleague May 01, 2012
Know that God is with you Cheri and the family. I have fond memories of the times I spent with John and Cheri and their kindness to me.
Posted by: Laura Evans - Washington, MO - Friend May 01, 2012
John is one of those wonderful individuals whose example reminds us that we can all strive to be better people. Warm, kind and caring...and a wonderful leader. The industry benefited from his presence and his contributions. Thank you, John!
Posted by: Jim Turnbull - Park City, UT - Colleague May 01, 2012
I am very blessed to have known John. He was always full of energy and exhibited a positive attitude that was without a doubt contagious. John, you will truly be missed. May you be at peace now, God Bless.
Posted by: Stacy Cook - Lee's Summit, MO - former assistant/friend May 01, 2012
John always had the "perma -smile" for everyone. He brought life to HIMSS,and served the society well. He will indeed be missed. My sincerest condolences are extended to the family. In today's day and age it's great to see a marriage stay together for so long. You are a good example to your children. Obviously, "the best gift a father could give to his children is to love their mother" was operable in John's life.
Posted by: Frank Overfelt - Cottonwood Heights, UT - Felllow Fellow in HIMSS May 01, 2012
I was blessed to have John impact my life in a positive manner. We would great each other in the mornings. I would say, "Good Morning John" & he would reply, "Yes indeed it is, God woke us up to a wonderful day", I would reply back "and let the church say Amen" in agreement. He spoke of his love often, it was like I knew her. He loved her so very dearly. I know your heart is heavy right
Posted by: Vanessa Austin - Atlanta, GA - Colleague/Friend May 01, 2012
John, you will be missed. Your sense of humor and insights were a great comfort to me.
Posted by: Paul Vegoda - Manhasset, NY - Colleague and Friend May 01, 2012
God Bless you John. May the wonderful memories you have made and humor you were so wonderful at creating carry the family through this difficult time. With deepest condolences.
Posted by: Tom and Colleen Pagano - Richmond, VA - Friend and Colleague May 01, 2012
When I become the CIO at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the first person I was introduced to in my new role was John Wade. John had worked with Gene Meyer (CEO of LMH) and Gene was kind enough to help provide me with a mentor in John. What I found was John was far more than a mentor on my job but a friend and mentor in life as well. I spoke to him not too long ago about some HIMSS
Posted by: Tom Pagano - Richmond, VA - Friend and Colleague May 01, 2012
John was a friend, colleague and a Fellow with me in HIMSS. We worked together numerous times and was a strong supporter of local HIMSS. I believe I was local President when he was National President. He now is in a better place with our Lord and Saviour. Arthur R Smith, FHIMSS and a local friend.
Posted by: Arthur R Smith, FHIMSS - overland park, KS - friend and colleague May 01, 2012
Although I hadn't seen him in years I have many fond memories of John from my days in Kansas City. He was always willing to help and give of himself. He will be missed.
Posted by: Mary Siero - Las Vegas, NV - Former Colleague May 01, 2012
I have such fond memories of John. John was a mentor, a friend, and HIMSS colleague, and he will be sorely missed. He touched the lives of countless people through his HIMSS Board Chair role, and I was fortunate to have met him several years ago and to have kept in frequent contact with him. John was a great and giving soul, and I know his very positive legacy will live on. I salute you, John.
Posted by: George Sheth, MBA, FHIMSS - CA - Friend and HIMSS colleague May 01, 2012
I have such fond memories of John especially during our time together on the HIMSS Board of Directors. He was without exception gracious, and funny, and helped a new young doc from his hometown of Boston learn the ropes.
Posted by: Blackford Middleton - Boston, MA - Colleague Apr 30, 2012
I knew John well, what a wonderful man, may the Lord Bless you. YOu will see him again.
Posted by: Martin Cooper - MO Apr 30, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man. Thinking of your family at this difficult time.
Posted by: Yasir and Beth Gasimalla - Greenwood, MO - Friend Apr 30, 2012
My sincere condolences to the family of John.
My thoughts and prayers go out to your all.
I knew and worked with John on committees at HIMSS. John was always full of life and rarely if ever did I see him without a smile.
I will miss John.
Posted by: Gary L Kurtz - Danville, PA - HIMSS Volunteer Apr 30, 2012
I had the pleasure of working with John both at St. Lukes and afterwards in his consulting business. I admired his passion for improving the healthcare system through technology and he always prefaced his desire to do it was ultimately for his grandchildren!
I will always have fond memories of him and will miss his wonderful smile.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by: Deb Edwards - Topeka - colleague Apr 30, 2012
WE'RE FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS OF JOHN'S SON DAN. IF THE MEASURE OF A MAN IS BASED IN THE LIVES HE'S TOUCHED, JOHN SET THE BAR AND IF THERE WAS EVER A GREATER LEGACY TO LEAVE BEHIND, IT WOULD BE THE VALUES HE'S INSTILLED IN HIS CHILDREN, LIKE HIS SON DAN. HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL. OUR SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO DAN AND HIS FAMILY FROM OUR FAMILY HERE IN CM.
Posted by: COSTA MESA LEADS - COSTA MESA, CA - FRIENDS Apr 30, 2012
Dear Wade Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find comfort knowing he is loved and respected dearly. Hold onto your wonderful memories and you will hold on to him forever. He sits high above on his cloud watching over you all with love until you meet again.
Special love sent to my sister Madelaine...I love you and I'm here for you always! xoxoxo
Love and strength to you all,
Karen (Pitts) Aguiar-Bennington and Family
Posted by: Karen (Pitts) Aguiar-Bennington - Malden, MA - Friend/Family Apr 30, 2012
My deepest condolences to Cheri and the family. John was a good friend, healthcare leader and most importantly so dedicated to his family. I will miss the friendly smile.
Posted by: Bill Spooner - San Dego, CA - Friend and colleague Apr 30, 2012
my sincerest condolences. I will miss the occassional lunch visit with John to discuss the needs of our community healthcare providers and patients. His honest and transparent views of our industry and community helped me to acclimate to the Kansas City area quickly when my family relocated here in late 2006. God blessed me with his friendship. Peace be with you and John.
Posted by: Paul Klehn - Kansas City, MO - Industry Colleague Apr 30, 2012
Dear Wade Family,
My deepest sympathy.
I had the honor to meet John as a fellow members of HIMSS when I was working on HIT Public Policy issues as a volunteer with him. As you know he became our chair of the HIMSS BOD and loved his work in HIT. John more importantly, loved his family. We would often tease each other about being good Irish Catholic's. I remember one day he actually stopped me from eating meat on Friday durring
Posted by: Mary Griskewicz - Madison, CT - HIMSS Apr 30, 2012
Dear Wade Family, I would like to celebrate the life of John Wade. I met him and his lovely wife, Cheri, while on a trip to China in May of 2002. I was so impressed at his zest for life, joy of family and enthusiasm for his profession. He had a charming way about him with a glint in his eye. He always asked what he could do for others. Thank you, John, for sharing your professional wisdom so freely and always encouraging new ideas.
Lucy Mancini Newell
Posted by: Lucy Mancini Newell - Cary, IL - Industry Friend Apr 30, 2012
John will be missed. His legacy will live through the careers of thoses in healthcare that he helped and touched. I will cherish our friendship and am a much better person from having known and worked with John.
Posted by: Chuck Christian - Vincennes, IN - Friend Apr 30, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family are in my daily prayers at this time of your loss.
Posted by: Michael Drago - Bethlehem, PA - Friend of Family Apr 30, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss I worked with John years ago when our hospitals were merged. Douglas
Posted by: Douglas Yohn - Olathe, KS Apr 30, 2012
John and I met through a dear friend, John Colins. We instantly connected as we both had a passion and love for Healthcare IT and for Our Lord and His Mother Mary. I will miss him dearly although I know he is in the arms of the angels.
With deepest sympathy,
Gilbert, Arizona (formerly from Milford, Mass.)
Posted by: Ed Deppert - Gilbert, AZ - Friend and Fellow Rosary Prayer Apr 30, 2012
John was a dear friend and colleague who supported my personal and professional goals for decades. His passion and wit will live on in all of us who were blessed to cross paths with John Wade. My condolences to his family and thank you for sharing John with us through the years. I have a smile and tears at the same time! John is probably advocating for something with St. Peter right now!
Posted by: Solana Beach Deputy Mayor Dave Roberts - Solana Beach, CA - Friend and colleague Apr 30, 2012
Calling John Wade a friend was an honor and privilage. I am truly blessed for knowing him. While being fellow Irish, I valued our professional work efforts as volunteers in HIMSS & CHIME. Regardless if it was at a conference, touring CHINA (and getting lost on the hosptial tour) or just talking--- John's love of life rubbed off on everyone. My thoughts & prayers are with his family. God Speed Mr. Wade...
Posted by: Pam Matthews - blue ridge, GA - Friend Apr 30, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss I worked with John years ago when our hospitals were merged
Posted by: Terry McClelland - Shawnee, KS - Co-Worker Apr 30, 2012
I am so very sorry to hear of John's passing. I've known him for the past 15 years and will always consider him a great friend, a great man and of course a great healthcare leader. I was just talking of him last week while in San Antonio with my wife and other CIO colleagues... which is where several years ago he introduced me to my favorite Irish bar! (Dirty Nellie's.) May God bless you and your family as you celebrate John's wonderful and full life.
Posted by: Rick Schooler - Orlando, FL - CIO Colleague Apr 30, 2012
John was a terrific man. We went to China together and had many other HIMSS contacts. We shared the rewards and down sides of serving as a health care CIOs. He is someone that your family should always know set the highest examples of friendship, behavior and faith. I know I will see him with our Father in Heaven where I know his room will be special.
Posted by: Greg Walton - Sunnyvale, CA - HIMSS Friend Apr 30, 2012
It was been our pleasure and honor to spend time with John and Cheri over the past 25 years. He will be remembered for his unfailing kindness, warmth and humor and his tremedous love and pride in his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cheri, their children and grandchildren.
Posted by: Cindy & Joe Nagle - Downers Grove, IL - Friends Apr 30, 2012
I am thinking and praying for all of his loved ones. I will miss his unfailing optimism and pleasant conversations. May Peace be with you during this trying time.
Posted by: Christine Spake - Overland Park, KS - Nurse at his doctor's office Apr 30, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wade family during this very difficult time.
John's integrity, passion to 'do the right thing' and speak his mind if he needed to were special gifts that any of us who have had the opportunity to know him, will cherish forever. Behind his tough Boston talk and face was a kind and considerate individual who was always willing to help out when asked.
I am a better person to have been lucky enough,
Posted by: Jim Hansen - Kansas City area, KS - Long-time friend Apr 30, 2012
Dan my heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss, I will keep you in my prayers.
Posted by: Judy Gaffney - Naples, FL - A friend of Dan,s Apr 29, 2012
I am terribly sorry for your loss.. he was a wonderful guy that always treated me well. If your family needs anything please do not hesitate to contact me!
Posted by: chris trolla Apr 29, 2012
Amy, your father was such a wonderful person and I enjoyed talking to him the times that they were in town. My heart is breaking and my prayers are with you all. I am thankful that you are so near your mother during this time.
Lisa, Larry, Nate and Olivia Bellito
Posted by: Lisa Bellito - Lower Nazareth Township, PA - Friend of Amy and Will Apr 29, 2012
John was a person you always enjoy seeing and talking with. I know that I'm just one of many who will miss John's warm and caring outlook. Any day when I spoke or met with John was always a better day.
Posted by: Rosie Danielson - Overland Park, KS - Friend and advisor Apr 29, 2012