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Hicks
05-08-2010, 04:48 PM
I'm sorry to report that it appears our friend ABADays (http://www.pacersdigest.com/member.php?u=6642) has passed away.

As some of you are aware, his name came up recently and we were wondering what he might be up to. Since he had not been around for a while, some of started doing some searching.

Doug remembered that John was a big parrot head, and when he looked he found this:

http://www.phindyphc.com/



http://www.phindyphc.com/images/09_John_Relay.jpg

On March 18th a member of our phlock lost his battle with cancer. John Jackson was a champion for the cause and was one of the top fundraisers for the Relay in 2009. John was already registered as a participant in this year's event but cancer robbed him of his chance to participate. If you would like to remember John by donating to the cause in his honor, Click Here to visit his personal page and make your contribution. PHINdy is tracking these donations and will let the family know of your memorial gift.


Those of us who have had the pleasure of meeting him in person recognize that that is in fact a picture of him.

:(

Natston
05-08-2010, 04:53 PM
:(

Justin Tyme
05-08-2010, 04:53 PM
Sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy and condolences to his family.

Justin

Lance George
05-08-2010, 04:54 PM
R.I.P.

idioteque
05-08-2010, 04:56 PM
Wow, that's terrible.

I know there have been a few people that have passed away that once posted here before, and my biggest condolences to them and their families.

ABADays was the first guy who has passed away on here (at least that I know of) who I have actually conversed with on this board. I never met him in person, but he seemed like a class guy here on this message board. Obviously he was around for ABA, but I would have loved for him to be able to see the Pacers win a title in the NBA.

ABA, I hope whatever follows this life is treating you well.

Kid Minneapolis
05-08-2010, 05:00 PM
Rest in peace, ABADays.

Hoop
05-08-2010, 05:14 PM
Sad to here. He'll be missed by his Pacer friends on this forum. Condolences to his friends and family.

Sollozzo
05-08-2010, 05:14 PM
Sounds like he was a great guy. RIP.

Sollozzo
05-08-2010, 05:20 PM
March 18, 2010
Thanks, John Jackson

* Read Comments (6)

Some blog regulars might remember the name. He used Crash Davis as a handle on comments. He had been a blog regular since our first season.

John paid me one of the kindest compliments I have received in this online adventure. An Indy guy from the South Side, he was working with the troops in Iraq when the Colts made their Super Bowl XLI run. He wrote after the Colts' win and shared that following the live chat during the game made him feel like he was in the stadium with me.

I did a story on him the next season. I remember interviewing him from home, on my speaker phone, from Iraq.

Anyway, John passed away today. I'm told he had been battling cancer. I wasn't aware of his condition until a few days ago.

I don't blog much in the offseason, as most of you know, but I thought John deserved a shout out.

Here's to you, Crash. Thanks for following the blog and for your correspondence. Your compliment will never be forgotten.

I will miss you.


http://blogs.indystar.com/philb/2010/03/thanks_john_jackson.html

Roaming Gnome
05-08-2010, 05:27 PM
This is very sad news, indeed. I've had the opportunity to befriend John both on this board and a few times in real life either by a forum get together or just bumping into him around town sometime back. I felt terrible hearing his cancer came back fearing this would be the end result.

I'll miss seeing him at our future get togethers. I always looked forward to his insight tying our Pacers to the "ABA Days"!

Peck
05-08-2010, 05:31 PM
I don't even have words right now.

The fact that he has been gone since March and we are just now finding out about it makes me even more sad. I wanted to pay my last respects but now I will only be able to do so on here.

While I only knew ABA days from online and a few times that we met at our party's that Jose has hosted over the years I can tell you that he was one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to come in contact with.

A real honest person who would actually listen to what you had to say and would engage you in conversation.

I think John started posting on the starnews forums back in about 96 if I remember right, as the years go by I tend to be forgetful.

I will always remember him for his passion of the Pacers and pretty much all things Indianapolis and the fact that if one person held Jon Bender in any lower esteem than I did it was ABA days. In fact I cannot see our whistling smilie without thinking of ABA's comments regarding Jon.

This was a man who truely cared for the people he worked with and for. I know many of you guys have had contacts with him as members of the armed forces or family memebers who were in the armed forces and you can attest far better than I that to John this was not just a job.

This is a great loss for our forum and the Pacers community, this wasn't a person who was a casual fan or poster. This was one of the original posters from back in the day and an original fan of the team, as you can tell by his online name.

He will be truely missed and will never be forgotten.

Jose Slaughter
05-08-2010, 05:42 PM
Well said Peck.

This is a very sad day indeed.

I hope his real family knows how much his online family will miss him.

thunderbird1245
05-08-2010, 05:46 PM
Sad news indeed.

I too met him in person for the first time at our forum parties. He was always a classy and passionate fan, who treated everyone with respect and kindness.

But online is where I really got to know him. He would PM me almost every time I posted something when he was overseas, and one of the reasons I enjoyed posting as often as I used to was to read his comments to me about whatever topic I had chosen to cover. I know from all those email exchanges that he really valued his online friends and connections with those here at PD and other places. John was a true gentleman. We chatted about just not sports but many other things as well, and many of us I am sure were deeply honored by knowing him, due to his loyal service to our country and deep passion for all things Indiana.

When you drop to your knees tonight, say a little prayer for him and his family, and for all of those inflicted with the dreaded disease of Cancer.

Tbird

hoosierguy
05-08-2010, 05:51 PM
Did he go by the username "ColtinIraq" on the Colts forums?

Unclebuck
05-08-2010, 05:54 PM
Sad news. He was a very classy guy. Just a reminder to all of us that we need to appreciate every day we have and be thankful to those who love us and to those we love

BillS
05-08-2010, 05:55 PM
Oh, my.

I was afraid he had taken a turn for the worse when we stopped hearing from him, but (probably like many) was waiting for someone else to let us know his status.

He will be missed.

bellisimo
05-08-2010, 05:58 PM
RIP good sir...

Los Angeles
05-08-2010, 05:59 PM
God bless you and God bless your family, John.

You will truly, truly be missed.

Goodbye, ABADays and Godspeed ...

count55
05-08-2010, 06:03 PM
Condolences to friends and family.

I barely knew him, but I can remember the impact pacerfan's (Sixth Man) passing made on RealGM. Honestly, it destroyed the board. That clearly won't happen here, but it is amazing the impact that someone can have on people even though they only knew them virtually.

To those on this board who knew him and counted him a friend, my condolences are with you.

PacerGuy
05-08-2010, 06:31 PM
Condolences to friends and family.

I barely knew him, but I can remember the impact pacerfan's (Sixth Man) passing made on RealGM. Honestly, it destroyed the board. That clearly won't happen here, but it is amazing the impact that someone can have on people even though they only knew them virtually.

To those on this board who knew him and counted him a friend, my condolences are with you.

I never "knew him", but I read him. Everything else count said and those below. I came from RealGM after pacerfan's passing, so I can relate to the loss on an on-line friend.
God speed.
PG

Doddage
05-08-2010, 06:43 PM
This is sad to hear. Hopefully he found pleasure in this life and is in a better place right now. Rest in peace.

Kstat
05-08-2010, 06:54 PM
Sorry to hear this. I'll miss his contributions here. I hope wherever he is now, that he's in a good place.

RIP

Brad8888
05-08-2010, 06:54 PM
My inadequate condolences to his friends and family as they all cope with adjusting to their individual and collective worlds without him. Hopefully they are all supporting each other and find their collective bonds and faith growing stronger as time continues to pass.

sweabs
05-08-2010, 07:02 PM
Many years ago, a fast food chain (maybe Hardees?) was giving their customers in Indiana a free "Live-strong" wristband - except it said something like GO PACERS on it. Someone made a post about it here on Pacers Digest, and being a young teenager at the time amidst the "live-strong" wristband craze - I made an innocent reply about how cool of a promotion that was.

Of course, I live in another country. And, furthermore, I had probably been a member of PD for no longer than a month by that time. And I imagine the majority of my posts were nothing more than your typical fanboy blindly cheering for his favourite team.

Sure enough, I receive a PM. It is John (ABAdays) - and he wants to send one of the wristbands to me in the mail.

You can imagine what kind of impression that had on me. Here I was, a member of the board for no more than a month (contributing little to nothing of substance!) and living in another country - yet John reaches out to help.

I gave him my address, and about one week later I came home from school to hear my parents say "some package from INDIANA came to you in the mail?!?"

I went into the kitchen to get it, expecting an envelope with the wristband inside.

Instead, there is a gigantic cardboard BOX. The return address is from none other than John.

Would you believe he filled an entire box full of Pacers memorabilia, clothing, etc. and paid the exorbitant shipping costs to have it sent express to another country? For some kid on an online message board?

A jacket, tshirts, a winter toque, magazines, beer coolers, pennants...you name it. And of course, my wristband (and a bunch of extras!).

Up to that point, I had never met anyone from Indiana (and I never actually 'met' John). But that experience has forever shaped my perception of you folks; and that man never wanted a thing in return. We continued to talk on and off through private messaging. A lot of times, we would talk about volleyball (his daughter is/was an exceptional player).

I suppose one of the most difficult parts to hearing this sad news is that I will likely be traveling throughout Indiana for a month later this year. Of course, I am looking forward to meeting so many of you during that time - and John was one of those people. I was really hoping to treat him to a beer at some point.

That day will come.

Rest in peace, friend.

duke dynamite
05-08-2010, 07:02 PM
I had the privilige to talk to him many times here on the board and in person during various forum events, etc. The last time I physically saw him was during last year's draft party and he seemed to be doing well.

Regardless, he was a great guy and he served his country with pride. He was a big fan of just about any Indiana sports team, and most-importantly the Pacers.

The loss of ABADays will have a tremendous impact for me and a lot of the other posters on this board, as other posters have said that he was a very good source for rational debate and discussion.

Since coming back from Iraq he was able to make it to a couple of the forum parties, and I can say it'll be hard to fathom knowing that he won't be walking through the door in his Pacers hat and shirt.

On behalf of myself and the rest of the PD "family", we have lost one of our own. To his family I wish them the best, and to carry on his legacy as a solider for our country and the battle against cancer.

Rest in peace, John "ABADays" Jackson. You will be missed.

ajbry
05-08-2010, 07:05 PM
Damn. :(

My condolences to his family. Like many of you, I only conversed with him through the board, but he seemed like a genuinely nice guy. Good natured and appreciative.

May he rest in peace.

Tom White
05-08-2010, 07:15 PM
I feel the same after hearing this sad news as I did after hearing about the passing of Sixth Man. Sad for the person, and for their families and friends, and also for the fact that I never got a chance to meet either one. From all accounts they both were people to be proud of knowing.

Trophy
05-08-2010, 07:27 PM
Condolences to his family.

I didn't know him well, but it's very upsetting to see a fellow fan pass.

Shade
05-08-2010, 07:29 PM
Even though his health had been failing for some time now, I'm still shocked and very saddened to hear this. He was every bit as good a guy IRL as he was on this forum.

R.I.P. John. It was a privilege getting to know you for the short time we did, and I'm glad I got to meet you in person on multiple occasions. You will be missed. :(

Hicks
05-08-2010, 07:52 PM
You guys remember that time during one of our forum parties held at the Nora Donato's?

A round of pizzas were either coming out or just had come out, and the manager came in afterward and said someone had just called in and paid for all of our pizza.

We were all looking at each other for a second, puzzled, then we asked, "Who?"

She said something to the effect of, "He said you'd know who he was if I told you the ABA days."

NapTonius Monk
05-08-2010, 07:58 PM
I've only been able to attend one forum party, and it happened to be one attended by ABA days (John). Being somewhat of a newbie, I didn't really get to converse with him on the board much. But I remember being impressed by his service and insightful words. He seemed to be one who chose his words carefully, and when he spoke, you just listened. Praying for his family in this difficult time.

pwee31
05-08-2010, 08:15 PM
R.I.P sir. Thanks for the contributions you made for this forum, as well as our country

MrSparko
05-08-2010, 08:20 PM
I remember him from my lurker days. Seemed like a really intelligent and great guy.

Condolences to his family.

RIP

Trader Joe
05-08-2010, 08:23 PM
One of the most, level headed intelligent, and nicest posters on this forum.

I have missed his contributions in the past couple months, and it makes me sad to know that he lost his battle, but I am sure it was a battle that he fought in a truly heart felt way.

RIP ABAdays. :usa:

Peck
05-08-2010, 08:37 PM
You guys remember that time during one of our forum parties held at the Nora Donato's?

A round of pizzas were either coming out or just had come out, and the manager came in afterward and said someone had just called in and paid for all of our pizza.

We were all looking at each other for a second, puzzled, then we asked, "Who?"

She said something to the effect of, "He said you'd know who he was if I told you the ABA days."

How is it possible to be both happy & sad at the same time? Yea I remember this. It's important to state that he was in Iraq when he did this

speakout4
05-08-2010, 08:59 PM
Once I said something about the pacers that did not include the teams ABA history and he quickly let me know that pacer history did not begin when the pacers entered the nba but then again I wasn't a hoosier then.

He knew some great times.

Doug
05-08-2010, 09:14 PM
I am sad. A good man has passed away. The world needs more good people not less.

speakout4
05-08-2010, 09:19 PM
Can anyone say what he did in Iraq?

kester99
05-08-2010, 09:42 PM
Can anyone say what he did in Iraq?

He ran MWR rec facilities...like gyms, tv rooms, etc. Just what I picked up from the 'in Iraq' thread.

I never met the man, only posted a few times with him. It's obvious he's being remembered with love and respect here. The stories from Hicks and sweabs seem to say a lot about the guy. I wish I'd got to meet him.

JohnnyBGoode
05-08-2010, 09:52 PM
Peace be upon him

SoupIsGood
05-08-2010, 10:05 PM
Man. : (

vapacersfan
05-08-2010, 11:24 PM
You guys remember that time during one of our forum parties held at the Nora Donato's?

A round of pizzas were either coming out or just had come out, and the manager came in afterward and said someone had just called in and paid for all of our pizza.

We were all looking at each other for a second, puzzled, then we asked, "Who?"

She said something to the effect of, "He said you'd know who he was if I told you the ABA days."

My condolences to the family.

Hicks, I was just about to post that story. That was the one forum party I was able to attend. I had forgotten what he said but I remember Peck asking the waitress if she knew where ABA had called from and how wide her eyes were when he replied "in Iraq".

I am not sure if it would be inappropriate to send a card from the forum to the family, but if that is something that the forum wanted to do I would gladly assist with that.

Always sad to lose a member of any community, but like another poster said it reminds us how we have to live every day to its fullest.

Also a reminder to say thank you and/or shake hands any time you see a person in uniform or someone who has served overseas in any capacity.

vapacersfan
05-08-2010, 11:26 PM
Many years ago, a fast food chain (maybe Hardees?) was giving their customers in Indiana a free "Live-strong" wristband - except it said something like GO PACERS on it. Someone made a post about it here on Pacers Digest, and being a young teenager at the time amidst the "live-strong" wristband craze - I made an innocent reply about how cool of a promotion that was.

Of course, I live in another country. And, furthermore, I had probably been a member of PD for no longer than a month by that time. And I imagine the majority of my posts were nothing more than your typical fanboy blindly cheering for his favourite team.

Sure enough, I receive a PM. It is John (ABAdays) - and he wants to send one of the wristbands to me in the mail.

You can imagine what kind of impression that had on me. Here I was, a member of the board for no more than a month (contributing little to nothing of substance!) and living in another country - yet John reaches out to help.

I gave him my address, and about one week later I came home from school to hear my parents say "some package from INDIANA came to you in the mail?!?"

I went into the kitchen to get it, expecting an envelope with the wristband inside.

Instead, there is a gigantic cardboard BOX. The return address is from none other than John.

Would you believe he filled an entire box full of Pacers memorabilia, clothing, etc. and paid the exorbitant shipping costs to have it sent express to another country? For some kid on an online message board?

A jacket, tshirts, a winter toque, magazines, beer coolers, pennants...you name it. And of course, my wristband (and a bunch of extras!).

Up to that point, I had never met anyone from Indiana (and I never actually 'met' John). But that experience has forever shaped my perception of you folks; and that man never wanted a thing in return. We continued to talk on and off through private messaging. A lot of times, we would talk about volleyball (his daughter is/was an exceptional player).

I suppose one of the most difficult parts to hearing this sad news is that I will likely be traveling throughout Indiana for a month later this year. Of course, I am looking forward to meeting so many of you during that time - and John was one of those people. I was really hoping to treat him to a beer at some point.

That day will come.

Rest in peace, friend.

A great story! Thank you for sharing

cramerica
05-09-2010, 12:27 AM
This is not the first thing I wanted to read when I logged in here tonight. Truly shocking indeed. As many of you know, while I never served with him in Iraq, but I was deployed 3 separate times while he was over in Iraq. That's a span from 2005-2009. The main thing I will remember about him, is that he always made sure that Hicks knew to throw my name on the "ABAdays in Iraq" thread, something that some may not understand but is something that means alot to us that have been deployed. Small things like that equate to huge things in our minds and hearts and keep us very connected with all of you guys.

When I was in Kirkuk, Iraq and while he was also in Iraq, he pm'd me asking me if I could use some reading material. I said yes of course, and then he sent me about 10 books all on Pacers, Colts, and other sports stuff. In every one of those books, I put in black marker "From ABAdays, 2007" on the front cover and then left them in Iraq for others to enjoy. I never talked to him on the phone, never saw him in person but I can tell you that when you are over in Iraq or wherever, to get something like that from someone like ABAdays is one of the best moments one could have. I still remember it today and still couldn't believe this guy was going to take time out of his day to box up some books and send them to me.

But he did because sending those books and buying the pizza's for you guys was the type of guy he was.

I know every time I deploy, I'm going to miss not sharing the "ABAdays in Iraq" title with him.

Rest in peace brother and thank you for every thing that you did.

Bball
05-09-2010, 01:25 AM
I did not want to see this thread. This is simply terrible, terrible news.

I never met ABADays in person but conversed online with him many times. I'm not sure you could find another poster here with his even demeanor.

ABADays had a passion for the Indy 500 and Month of May as do I. And how could I not appreciate the little whistling icon every time a Jonathon Bender mention or thread came along?

I knew his health had taken a turn back in December but I kept hoping we'd see a new post from him telling us he'd once again won the battle and was ready for the Month of May at the Speedway.

I'm sure for this year's race he now has a seat better than any seat in the grandstands... He'll be looking down on the track from above.

Godspeed ABADays!

odeez
05-09-2010, 01:32 AM
R.I.P.

Kemo
05-09-2010, 02:10 AM
aww :(:cry:


I remember reading quite a few of his posts from past lurking , and he seemed like a genuinely good guy .. and very knowledgable in any given Pacers/general basketball topics .. ..


Rest in Peace John aka. "ABADays"

You WILL be missed ...


.
.

ECKrueger
05-09-2010, 02:35 AM
Many years ago, a fast food chain (maybe Hardees?) was giving their customers in Indiana a free "Live-strong" wristband - except it said something like GO PACERS on it. Someone made a post about it here on Pacers Digest, and being a young teenager at the time amidst the "live-strong" wristband craze - I made an innocent reply about how cool of a promotion that was.

Of course, I live in another country. And, furthermore, I had probably been a member of PD for no longer than a month by that time. And I imagine the majority of my posts were nothing more than your typical fanboy blindly cheering for his favourite team.

Sure enough, I receive a PM. It is John (ABAdays) - and he wants to send one of the wristbands to me in the mail.

You can imagine what kind of impression that had on me. Here I was, a member of the board for no more than a month (contributing little to nothing of substance!) and living in another country - yet John reaches out to help.

I gave him my address, and about one week later I came home from school to hear my parents say "some package from INDIANA came to you in the mail?!?"

I went into the kitchen to get it, expecting an envelope with the wristband inside.

Instead, there is a gigantic cardboard BOX. The return address is from none other than John.

Would you believe he filled an entire box full of Pacers memorabilia, clothing, etc. and paid the exorbitant shipping costs to have it sent express to another country? For some kid on an online message board?

A jacket, tshirts, a winter toque, magazines, beer coolers, pennants...you name it. And of course, my wristband (and a bunch of extras!).

Up to that point, I had never met anyone from Indiana (and I never actually 'met' John). But that experience has forever shaped my perception of you folks; and that man never wanted a thing in return. We continued to talk on and off through private messaging. A lot of times, we would talk about volleyball (his daughter is/was an exceptional player).

I suppose one of the most difficult parts to hearing this sad news is that I will likely be traveling throughout Indiana for a month later this year. Of course, I am looking forward to meeting so many of you during that time - and John was one of those people. I was really hoping to treat him to a beer at some point.

That day will come.

Rest in peace, friend.

It was Hardee's, I was a teen and remember wanting one too. I was pretty happy when I got mine, so I guess I just really related to your story. I don't know him at all, but this says a lot about the guy and his character. Just an awesome story.

Rest In Peace :(

Mourning
05-09-2010, 05:47 AM
Wow! That's that's truly horrible news. I didn't, offcourse, know him in person, but I do remember a lot of his posts and a few PM's between the two of us.

Always seemed like a very kind person with a BIG and longtime love for the Pacers.

He will be missed, that's for sure, witness the stories in this thread.

May you rest in peace John.

Stryder
05-09-2010, 08:27 AM
Rest in peace, friend.

I conversed with him a few times over the forum. Truly great guy. Definitely will be missed.

The good ones go too soon...

the jaddler
05-09-2010, 09:01 AM
This is sad news! I haven't been in the digest world very long but I remember meeting him at last years draft party, I didn't know anyone from the digest except for Peck. As we were up in legends as was sitting with another guy from work now know as knicksrgarbage and abadays just came up there to where we were sitting by the rail, say down and started talking to us like he had know us his whole life. What a great guy! I really enjoyed our conversation, he was an amazing man espically considering all he had been through. And after talking to him you wouldn't have known he ever faced anything bad in is life. He was a very humble man!

He will be missed! I would like to suggest to the admin that he's screen name be "retired" and possible make him an honorary admin, I know it real doesn't mean much to anyone but us, but if he knew I'm sure he would be over joyed!!!

pacerwaala
05-09-2010, 09:47 AM
ABA Days

RIP, This is really sad. He was a guy on this forum with whom I mostly agreed on about the pacers and life.

Pacerwaala

btowncolt
05-09-2010, 10:58 AM
I'll miss you, buddy. Thanks for getting Denny's with me. I hope wherever you are now, you get to check in on us from time to time.

Basketball Fan
05-09-2010, 11:41 AM
Even though I only met him once and he actually lived at Ashton Brook this is still very sad I hope he RIP

vnzla81
05-09-2010, 11:48 AM
RIP.............:(

CableKC
05-09-2010, 12:40 PM
I'm stunned and sorry to hear this. RIP my friend.

owl
05-09-2010, 01:04 PM
ABADays will be missed. My heart and my prayers go out to his family.
Truly sad news.

purdue101
05-09-2010, 04:07 PM
RIP. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

GO!!!!!
05-09-2010, 05:43 PM
My condolences to his family, he'll be missed by all and can't say enough about how kind he was and well, he did stand out for me because of his beliefs and his hard work and dedication in the middle east, something not many of us are brave enough to achieve...

You are missed...

indygeezer
05-09-2010, 08:37 PM
I'm dumbstruck. I have no words. I was fortunate enough to meet with him 3-4 times the last with his lovely wife. My heart aches for her and her loss. Our loss I will not feel for a while....but I will miss my buddy from the ABA days.

Lord Helmet
05-09-2010, 09:47 PM
Very sad news. :(

ABADays was a great person here on the forums, and from everything I've read on here, in life, too.

RIP, it's a shame you never saw the Pacers get an NBA championship, but I'm glad you saw a Colts Super Bowl victory in your life.

esabyrn333
05-09-2010, 09:48 PM
Can anyone say what he did in Iraq?

He was in charge of the MWR facilities on Balad AD in Iraq.

The gym's in Balad are known to be the best in the AOR. ABA Days did that. Been in the Air Force for almost 13 years now.

The gym and other MWR facilities are extremly important to the troops.

They run Phone centers where we are able to contact our families back home.

ABA Days was in Iraq for a long time he made Balad the place to be in Iraq. I know that is the place I am trying to get to on my next tour. ABA Days built all of that.

We didn't just lose a Pacer fan we lost a true patriot that has single handedly helped thousands upon thousands of our troops adjust to the deployed enveroment.

Young
05-09-2010, 10:11 PM
Thoughts are with his family and friends. I often wonder how many people need to die before we find a cure for cancer.

I didn't know the guy but just from reading what everyone has said about him there aren't nearly enough people like him in this world. If we had more people like him the world we live in would be a much, much better place.

The Toxic Avenger
05-09-2010, 10:19 PM
My Condolences...

N8R
05-09-2010, 10:19 PM
R.I.P.

IndyHoosier
05-09-2010, 11:07 PM
Sorry to hear of ABAdays passing! Great story about the Go Pacers wristband, I still have mine~! RIP buddy!

pianoman
05-10-2010, 12:04 AM
Although like many, I never met the man, he was a great contributor to our board, and to our country.

It's quite amazing how some of us have never even met, yet we are like best friends. I know many of you are like that to me, and I know ABADays had a lot of friends on here.

Rest in Peace buddy... you'll be missed

imawhat
05-10-2010, 03:48 AM
He was in charge of the MWR facilities on Balad AD in Iraq.

The gym's in Balad are known to be the best in the AOR. ABA Days did that. Been in the Air Force for almost 13 years now.

The gym and other MWR facilities are extremly important to the troops.

They run Phone centers where we are able to contact our families back home.

ABA Days was in Iraq for a long time he made Balad the place to be in Iraq. I know that is the place I am trying to get to on my next tour. ABA Days built all of that.

We didn't just lose a Pacer fan we lost a true patriot that has single handedly helped thousands upon thousands of our troops adjust to the deployed enveroment.


This doesn't surprise me; not after everything else I've read about him.

He sounds like a really honorable and charitable person; one I would've liked to know better. A real role model. Godspeed.

travmil
05-10-2010, 07:36 AM
I did not meet ABADays, but like many here have followed the "in Iraq" thread and enjoyed reading his insights over the years. From these responses, with the examples of his generosity, and the passion that he threw into his work, it's obvious we have lost someone special. It sounds like we have had the pleasure of knowing a very rare individual, one who is widely known not for what he amassed in life, but for what he gave to others.

R.I.P. ABADays.

RWB
05-10-2010, 09:53 AM
Wow, missed reading PD a few days and find this. God bless you John and God bless your family. I know you're reading from Heaven, so just a tip, LB may still get his bronze, they're still working on it.

MagicRat
05-10-2010, 10:35 AM
This is a sad day, indeed. You will be missed, my friend......

flakcatcher
05-10-2010, 12:53 PM
As a long-timer lurker, I'ce long appreciated the candor and intelligence of his posts. Reading the stories in this thread, it's become abundantly clear that John was a truly exceptional human being.

Visiting his public profile, I noticed today was his birthday. Happy Birthday, John. Rest in peace.

Los Angeles
05-10-2010, 01:00 PM
I just saw that, too. Happy Birthday, John, wherever you are.

Slick Pinkham
05-10-2010, 01:20 PM
WOW... R.I.P.

This saddens me on many levels- he was one of the few guys on here with ABA memories (though I was a tyke back then), he bravely served our country, and he fell victim to a disease, cancer, that I and so many others in the research community are trying to eradicate.

I never had the pleasure to have met him in person, but from all I gather, that was my loss. A very sad day indeed.

90'sNBARocked
05-10-2010, 01:22 PM
RIP

God bless his family

Naptown_Seth
05-10-2010, 01:23 PM
I could kick myself. I was going to ask him to go to a game with me last spring and it didn't come together for whatever reason on my end. He didn't know but to myself I thought I'd make it up to him this season, felt like I owed him.

I guess my main concern was that I wasn't sure how mobile he was, but I didn't know the cancer had come back.

Great guy, as the thread shows.


If there is something to take away from this it's his impact and how we can carry on that attitude. There are tons of online forums for all sorts of subjects. Some others are on the PD par, but not many. The fact that we do get together and make it a family is special, even if it seems trivial or simple at the time.

Hopefully there will be a day we look back and talk about Gnome or Peck or maybe even me like this, meaning that we will have carried on this Pacer fan family for decades to come. There's no good reason not too IMO. John has shown us the model and we'd do him proud to follow him I think.

Hopefully he's someplace where he can feel our appreciation too.

Major Cold
05-10-2010, 05:08 PM
He always seemed to say the right things in a sentence or two. The trivial things never seemed to fall on him in heavy ways. My prayers and condolences to his family.

burnzone
05-10-2010, 10:27 PM
Very sad news to hear, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. A passionate Pacers fan with memories of the great ABA era when they were dominant, and a military man as well.

You don't find many people out there as respectable, and well thought of as ABADays. The one silver lining to think about with his passing, along with remembering a great guy, is imagining him sitting down to have a beer, and conversation with Roger Brown.

Rest in peace, ABADays.

SycamoreKen
05-11-2010, 11:43 PM
Wow. You guys have summed it up pretty well. I remember ABA from when I first found the Star forums almost 13 years ago. My prayers go to his family, his friends, and even you guys.;) I never got to meet him in person, but like many other, always enjoyed what he contributed on here. R.I.P.:angel:

RamBo_Lamar
05-12-2010, 05:52 AM
RIP ABAdays

Gyron
05-12-2010, 06:15 AM
This saddens me to no end. I considered him my very close friend, even though I met him only online, but we shared another connection oter than the pacers.

As other have posted, he was in Iraq running one of the MWRs at LSA Anaconda, in Balad Iraq. He did things for the troops no one can understand. Every year he was there he organized a party for Jimm Buffet fans called Buffettfest Iraq. I still have one of the Tshirts he sent me for sending supplies to the party in Iraq. The party was amazing for the troops from the pictures I saw. They had live bands, and give aways you can't believe for the troops including tshirts, cds, dvds, leis, etc etc etc....He even helped arrange a live concert DVD to be sent direct from Jimmy Buffett himself with a recorded message to the festival for the troops.

In addition, he did a lot for me while my brother was stationened in Iraq. He explained to me the experiences te troops have over there told me the best stuff to send in care packages, and just generally talked a lot in private messages back and forth the entire time he was over there. I told my brother about him and when he was in LSA anaconda moving through even for a day, he went and met ABA in person. ABA took time out of his busy schedule and spent several hours just talking with my brother and made a real impression on my brother.

He was such a great guy. I will miss his presence on the forums and a lot fo people including the troops will miss him much more for the contributions he made to their service. The thing that struck me most was always how humble he was. He never believed the service and long time he sent in Iraq was anything other than his duty to the, in his words, "the real hero's".

RIP John. I will miss you my friend. I am a better person for having met you. I imagine many people who did left with a very similar impression.

:(

KnicksRGarbage
05-12-2010, 11:04 AM
I don't want to seem redundant, but I feel the need to post just a little something.

I had the privilege to meet this man one time. It was at last years draft party as thejaddler has said. I spoke with him for a few minutes before we went up to Legends. I can tell you he was one nicest people I've ever met. I'm certain about that and I only met this man one time. Even when he wasn't talking you could see his kindness in the way he carried himself and the way he listened to others speak. You could tell just by looking at his face and seeing the way he handled himself with his wife (my condolences to you madame.) that this man had a kind and loving heart. I never really got to interact with him in anything major here on PD, but meeting him has always stuck with me. And that's the truth, not just something I think of due to the recent unfortunate events.
It's very clear that Mr. Jackson was an outstanding fan and an outstanding man . It's too bad I was unable to be more involved with him, but I will certainly never forget the conversations I had with John Jackson.

Gyron
05-12-2010, 06:41 PM
I found his obituary at the funeral home....I didn't know some of the stuff posted in it, like he used to be David Letterman's Radio Show Producer.....

http://www.leppertandhensley.com/services.aspx?ID=1173

Gyron
05-12-2010, 06:51 PM
I thought I would also post something that he had PM'ed me after a post I had made making fun of Celine Dion one day.....I think this gives a good idea how big of a heart this man had.....I'm sure he wouldn't mind if I posted it.....We had many conversations before this one, and many after. I will miss him.....

And I quote from John Jackson, 4/27/2007:
"Your remark about Celine Dion was funny. I know everyone makes fun of her but there is a little story about why I like her.

Right after 9/11 - I, like nearly everyone, felt helpless. I was in such a total funk. I watched the Tribute to Heroes. Rarely has a song had an affect on me as when she sang God Bless America. I mean, she's Canadian for crying out loud. But I will tell you something. That song was a defining moment. I didn't feel helpless any longer. It is one of the major factors I am here. I was not going to feel helpless anymore - I was going to do something.

It was an odd route to get here but I was determined, as a civilian, to stand with the soldiers.

If you get a chance to see the video you will know what I mean. As corny as it may suond, it was the anthem in my heart and brought me here. "
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Harddrive7
05-12-2010, 11:29 PM
This is terribly sad news. Great man, great fan.

Twes
05-13-2010, 01:20 PM
I was sorry to hear this news. I didn't know him real well but he seemed like a great guy.

pizza guy
05-13-2010, 11:36 PM
Oh my goodness. I've been absent from the Digest for some time, and I just logged in tonight and saw this at the top and my jaw dropped.

I didn't know John personally, but as a poster on here, his was the simple opinion that always seemed to be the voice of reason. His perspective on anything was always the old-school, common sense, unrattled perspective. I loved reading his posts because you could tell in every one of them that John was a truly good guy, honest, fair, and thoughtful.

His work in Iraq speaks for itself. What an incredible way to serve those who serve our country.

John will be greatly missed in many circles, I'm sure, and this message board is certainly no different. People aren't made like him anymore, and every time we lose someone with his heart and character, and there is no one to replace them.

MagicRat
05-16-2010, 10:39 AM
March 18, 2010
Thanks, John Jackson

* Read Comments (6)

Some blog regulars might remember the name. He used Crash Davis as a handle on comments. He had been a blog regular since our first season.

John paid me one of the kindest compliments I have received in this online adventure. An Indy guy from the South Side, he was working with the troops in Iraq when the Colts made their Super Bowl XLI run. He wrote after the Colts' win and shared that following the live chat during the game made him feel like he was in the stadium with me.

I did a story on him the next season. I remember interviewing him from home, on my speaker phone, from Iraq.

Anyway, John passed away today. I'm told he had been battling cancer. I wasn't aware of his condition until a few days ago.

I don't blog much in the offseason, as most of you know, but I thought John deserved a shout out.

Here's to you, Crash. Thanks for following the blog and for your correspondence. Your compliment will never be forgotten.

I will miss you.


http://blogs.indystar.com/philb/2010/03/thanks_john_jackson.html

I was just in my PD archives and stumbled across the picture from the article referenced here. I don't have the article, unfortunately......

http://chaos.able-towers.com/%7Emagicrat/abadaysiniraq.jpg

ChicagoJ
05-18-2010, 10:59 AM
There was a time that I'd driven down from Chicago for a game and John was also going to be at the game, so he came over to "204" to hang out for a while.

We probably spent the entire second quarter of that game having a good natured "bickering" about Jamaal Tinsley. You can all imagine what was said. But it was good natured, and an enjoyable back-and-forth.

That's my best memory of John.

Last year, when I donated to his cancer walk team, I jokingly put in that it was a gift from the Jamaal Tinsley fan club, knowing that John would get a kick out of it. John was a guy that I could debate with while never worrying that it would get ugly or personal.

And John's passion for the things he was passionate about. We should all try to live our lives to be as fulfilling as his was.

Thanks, John, for your service to the country. Thanks for your contributions to PD. And thanks for fighting the brave war against that terrible thing known as cancer.

Believe_in_blue
05-18-2010, 10:24 PM
There are several stories about ABA on here and I can add one more.

I have been to a few of forum parties and met ABA just twice, I believe. One night at Perkins after Pizza King closed I was sitting across from ABA. I didn’t have much money since I had a two hour drive each way, (I was a poor college student) but I was contemplating ordering a piece of pie. I went ahead and ordered the pie, then immediately told the waitress never mind, because I wanted to make sure I had enough gas money to get home. Well, after a few minutes passed the waitress came out with a piece of pie. I looked at her crappy and reminded her I had changed my mind. ABA looked at me and said he had told her to bring it anyways. I told him next party I owed him a piece of pie. Too bad I never got the chance.

That’s just the type of guy ABA was. I did not know him very well, but I do know he was an exceptional human being that served him country proudly. RIP ABA

GrangerRanger
05-29-2010, 05:02 PM
I know I don't post much on here, but I can't help but add my name and experience with ABAdays on here.

Though my experience was strictly confined to a internet nature, I have to say that in my personal opinion, he was a warm hearted man who served his country to the fullest.

Your spot among these forums will missed and never be filled.

kester99
08-08-2010, 10:57 PM
This was posted in the "Words We Wrote" thread, which perhaps hasn't been seen by many here. The rest are ABADays' words:
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Wrote this in Iraq during a difficult time.

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Twilight comes to all of us, sooner rather than later<o></o>



And through unforeseen fate, necessity can become a part.<o></o>



The horizon is not distant anymore and Hope nothing but a mist<o></o>



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A calling not my own beckoned me to a foreign land.<o></o>



To serve fathers, mothers, sons and daughters and forgive a void long ago.<o></o>



But the Cradle of Civilization not what was expected.<o></o>



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I see them so young - a need to lift their hearts.<o></o>



But cannot replace the comfort of the home they left behind.<o></o>



Still, the father in me is to care for the warriors of many places<o></o>



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I see those so different and have the wisdom to know<o></o>



Man is man, woman is woman and child is child - I can make a difference however small.<o></o>



The bounty is not my own, it is for the good of one and all.<o></o>



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Chaos creates chaos, conscience guides my path.<o></o>



Death lies in wait for some – a truth that cannot be denied.<o></o>



Embrace the opportunity to make the right decision<o></o>



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But Evil comes from “friends”. They test the simple intent<o></o>



The test of what is meant. I do not pass their test.<o></o>



Results are unexpected, the return is so confused.<o></o>



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The heart and mind are injured and the Soul has been destroyed<o></o>



What was the meaning of all of this I ask?<o></o>



<st1>St.</st1>Jude I need your help to find my Father’s ear.<o></o>



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I do not know the answer of the road you led me to.<o></o>




My mind carries the load of time and trials away from one protected.<o></o>



I await the answer to my prayers with belief I am not wrong.<o></o>



In His own time, with deepest hope, my prayers will be answered.<o></o>



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Now I am the professional. Knowledge replaces the heart.<o></o>



Experience and words replace spirit and the Soul.<o></o>



He says, “It is now meant for you.”<o></o>

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Trader Joe
12-07-2010, 04:23 PM
Jimmy V's Classic being tonight had me thinking about ABADays...

Jimmy V's words still ring true and apply very well to ABAdays as well...


Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever.

brichard
04-22-2011, 11:05 PM
Just now seeing this for the first time, haven't been very active during the Pacers J.O.B. years. ABADays was a class guy and will be missed.

Constellations
08-15-2011, 10:44 PM
Didn't have the honor of being a part of these forums for this man's time. R.I.P sir.

RWB
03-05-2012, 05:24 PM
An early bump.........for March 18th!! to remember our friend.

Darren35
03-13-2012, 01:25 PM
What a guy. I rarely post here (but spend some time at Indy Star forum) but this thread has touched my heart. I hope that I leave a legacy like him...

Darren

VF21
05-12-2012, 08:59 PM
I haven't visited here in quite a while. I came to wish you all good luck in round 2 and this thread happened to catch my eye.

I don't cry on message boards. At least not until today. Reading this thread brought tears to my eyes. ABADays was one of the first to reach out to me - a wandering Kings fan - and although I never got to meet him in person I always looked forward to reading his posts. He was truly one of the good ones.

I'm very sorry for his passing but I'm glad to have gotten the chance to converse with him, even if it was only through a message board. I know he's a happy Pacers fan right now.

RWB
03-19-2014, 10:08 AM
Brought to the top in remembrance of our friend ABADAYS!!! I know you're smiling from above watching this season.