Many of you may already know this but John Velandra, Owner of CrossFit Cape Fear, was killed Wed morning. You can read some of the details here.
I met John when he did his level 1 cert many years ago. We ran across each other several times over the years and usually emailed a few times each year. To say John was a “good guy” does the man no justice at all. He LOVED fitness and helping people. His questions to me always involved ways of better reaching and helping his folks. We all need to make a living, John made his by helping people to live better lives. The world was a better place with John in it, it is a lesser place without him.
I’m honestly shocked by how much this has affected me but I think part of it is the last nutrition gig I was supposed to do was at John’s place. When all the shit went down he was super concerned about how I was doing and just turned inside out about everything. HE had the stressful situation but he was concerned about me and my well-being. I did not know John super well but I do know he had a solid moral compass and the only thing that competed with his love of helping people was a love of picking up heavy shit. Those are traits to be emulated if ever there were.
Fair winds Big Man, you will be dearly missed.