We first met John in 2005 when he was 75 years old and interviewed him for our “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” book.
He told us that the store was his life and that he still worked full time as he had lost his wife and didn’t want to stay home alone. He also showed us the creative figures he crafted from household items including a model schooner made from malt liquor cans.
R.I.P. John 🙏