I want you to know that Tim and I have very similar feelings about this man. I simply wrote this out of my personal experience with him. Tim actually knew him first and loves him as much or more. I will be forever grateful for the introduction.
- Larry, The Bourbon Guys
When I started drinking bourbon for real, you know, beyond when a single bottle of Woodford Reserve sat on my refrigerator for a year and more, my buddy Tim took me down to The Party Source to meet a guy who knew something about America’s native spirit. A nice guy with a big smile and a twinkle in his eye, John Hughes immediately made me feel like we had been longtime friends. I’ve heard similar stories from so many others that it’s clear his warmth is a tribute to his character rather than some trait I may possess. A short time later, he invited me to his home to meet his wife Marsha, an equally lovely human being. They apologized for the renovations that John was completing himself but weren’t quite finished, though you could only spot a piece or two out of place. They opened up their home to me, and I felt like part of their family. John had collected a very nice bevy of some amazing bourbons and offered them up freely; some I would have never tasted were it not for his generosity.
When Tim and I decided to start The Bourbon Guys, John was one of our most avid cheerleaders. As we began our private barrel selections, John was so eager to have us partner up with The Party Source on a selection or several. Then, when The Party Source began construction on its recent expansion, it was John that gleefully led me through the new bourbon section while it was still under construction. He told me all about the “new digs”, including the tasting bar that would become his home in the new and improved Party Source. After it opened, every time I stopped by I would find him at that bar, engaged in a lively discussion with a customer or two or six.
For the past couple of years, John and Marsha have been facing challenges with the same light heart and determined optimism that underpins everything they do, but I don’t want to talk about that, except to say that they need your support, caring, love and prayers.
Instead, I wanted you to know about my friend John Hughes. I wanted you to know his giant heart, and I wanted to give you just a hint of understanding about what he means to so very many people whose lives he has touched.
We Love You John
Thoughts from Tim / The Bourbon Guys
As I lie awake with the many good memories of John swirlying around in my head I can’t help to feel deeply saddened that I will no longer be able to have those awesome early evening chats about his lovely wife Marsha, friends, life and of course a little bourbon as well. But, I can’t helping feeling very lucky that I was able to call John a friend! A friend that I will never forget.
When I first met John several years ago the thing that drew me to him was his kindness and generosity. Whether John knew you or not, after one conversation he had the ability to make everyone feel special. I’ve talked to many of John’s coworkers and they will all tell this is true!
Though John and I met talking bourbon I can honestly say that most of our talks were about life. John loved his wife, children and grandchildren deeply. Everything he did was for them.
Today I’ve lost a dear friend but his fond memories will last me a lifetime.
Cheers! We Love You John!
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