John W. Council
May 24, 1941 - May 28, 2017
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Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map
Saturday 6/17, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Riverside Cemetery, Appleton
Appleton, WI
Wednesday 5/31
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map
Saturday 6/17

John W. Council, age 76 of Appleton, died at Cherry Meadows Hospice on Sunday, May 28. 2017. John was born in Grand Chute on May 24, 1941, son of the late Harold and Marie (Hitchler) Council. He was a 1959 graduate of Appleton West High School, and in 1963 received his Bachelors of Business Administration…

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Margaret Allen left a message on June 16, 2017:
I would like to leave a message on behalf of John's English family, of whom I believe we are the last representatives. His grandparents came to the USA from Salford, Lancashire, my grandfather was brother to John's grandmother, and my father was John's first cousin. For many years, I did not know about John or Frank, then in 2005 approx., John contacted me. He wanted to fill in the gaps in his knowledge of where his family came from. Luckily, I had been tracing our family tree for years, so a lively dialogue ensued of photographs exchanged and relatives identified. Then, in 2006, I took the daring, but ultimately very happy, decision to invite John to stay with us, and to travel with us to Blackpool to attend my father's 100th. birthday party. I was rewarded by seeing John and my Dad (also John) shaking hands vigorously and slapping each other on the back, thrilled to bits to be together. This was the first time we had met John, and he had some surprises. How was it possible to be both very shy and very gregarious? he got on with everyone. He was especially shy when he was doing something very nice for you, or giving you a present. He was also very anxious to do the right thing and often consulted me on matters of English etiquette or costume. And did he love shopping? He was especially in his element in Stratford-upon- Avon, where we went to see Romeo and Juliet, but first patronised many of the dozens of gift shops there, always on the lookout for presents for his friends back home. I have never in my life before waited outside a shop for a man to finish his shopping! By the time he flew home, we had become very attached to him and our friendship continued via holiday postcards, and of course his Christmas newsletters and that delicious Texas cake that he so kindly sent us. I have taken up so much space that I shall not dwell too much on our return trip to Wisconsin in 2011., especially as many of you met us and knew what we were doing. John had worked tirelessly to work out an itinerary so that we could see as much as possible, sailing on the great lake, overnighting at the ski house, relaxing and/or partying at the lake house. It was a privilege to meet so many of John's friends at the party, and elsewhere. What shone through then and what is still so evident in these tributes I have just read, is that John was truly loved by his friends, for his kind and generous nature and how wonderful to have old and devoted friends to be with you in your last moments. I shall miss him, but we have always been at long distance, but it will be much more difficult for you to get used to being without him. I am writing this tribute on behalf of my husband Peter, my son Paul in the Netherlands, his wife Nathalie and children Sophie and Emma, my daughter Victoria and husband Roly, all of whom met John on his visit and liked him very much. I hope all the arrangements go well tomorrow. Goodnight, John, rest in perfect peace, with much love from your English cousin once removed, Margaret.
Wendy Dearborn left a message on June 10, 2017:
So sorry for the loss of John. He will be missed. To me, one of his greatest and most remarkable legacy's was the loving and unselfish care he gave to his Mother, Marie during the last ten or so years of her life. John was a kind and gentle person. We enjoyed our times with him at his lake house and also dining out on special occasions and other times too.
Marie Abraham left a message on June 8, 2017:
Condolences from Marie and John, cousins of John. You were much loved and will be missed by us.
Nita Adams left a message on June 7, 2017:
Words can not say how I will miss you (JOHN). Your guidance and wisdom for sure.
Judi Riley left a message on June 7, 2017:
Family and Friends of John I met John through my sister Nita Adams who is President of FITE. Enjoyed his company many times and a function at Christmas he would attend in Springfield. He was such and sweet and nice man. Prayers for his peace without pain.
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Larry Schmitz left a message on June 2, 2017:
John--Thank you for being a part of our lives. On behalf of all your friends across the country who are members of the Association of Information Technology Professional, we thank you for the leadership, statesmanship, and most of all, friendship, you brought to our organization. Very few people have left this life after serving in so many positions of leadership without leaving a few enemies. But you did--all you left were friends. Friends who respected you and who genuinely cherished your friendship. God bless you--enjoy your eternal reward--you earned it. Larry Schmitz 1999 AITP Past President
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
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