A Tribute to John Warrillier-Grant


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We Other Islanders learned of John’s death with shock and sorrow. He was one of the original members of our team, and made a huge contribution – not only in his brave telling of his own story, but in the way he encouraged and supported others to do so too.

John was a huge inspiration to all of us – funny, compassionate, honest, humble and brave; and determined to do what he could to help others. He spoke often of his love and affection for family and friends, especially Lisa; and was a hugely entertaining storyteller. He also had immense heart for those suffering with their own burdens and struggles; and as many of us can attest, he made a difference. A big difference.

There’ll be many tributes to this lovely man today, on the day his loved ones send him on his way; and many more eloquent than this. But the best person to express John’s beautiful personality is the man himself; this is one of the many pieces he produced for The Other Island project, entitled ‘I Am Remarkable’.

I am remarkable because I am still here fighting for life and happiness despite numerous attempts not to be.

I am remarkable because I have endless compassion, as vast and deep as the ocean.
I am remarkable because I have empathy as boundless as the universe.
I am remarkable because I am driven, determined to make a difference and have a meaningful life.

You are, and you did, dear friend. Go with our love and respect, never forgotten
The Other Islanders 17.07.2020

Photo Credit – Janet Lees. You can see more of John’s work, including a moving interview he recorded, at  https://theotherisland.im/john-w-g/