It is with a very sad heart that I write this.
John was diagnosed with AML - Acute Myeloid Leukemia on July 1 and went to heaven on July 29, 2020.
He went into the coin business in 1974 and opened his first shop in 1979. I began working for him in 1980
at the age of 17 and I grew to share his love for coins and the "art of the deal". We were two different personalities
and that worked well in both business and our friendship.
John always said he would never retire and sat at his desk awaiting his room at the hospital in Johnstown, writing his usual post-it notes of "things to do" when he came home. While he was at the hospital in Pittsburgh their visiting hours were 9-9 so we got to spend a lot of time together that last month and a half. Not working, just hanging out.
He was my uncle, my work buddy and my best friend in the whole world. The last 40 years were a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. I wish there were 40 more.
The store and mail order business will run as normal - I always said... I do all the work anyway!
BUT I cannot possibly do all the work involved in keeping the C.A.M.P. coin show too. We both had a lot of fun with you guys (and gals) and I will miss seeing most of you twice a year, like clockwork. Thank you for the last ten years!
If you are holding on to the $10 Wooden Nickels for future use you may send them to me for a refund. Please sent to the coin shop: 106 Market Street, Johnstown, PA 15901