Last night at 6:40pm Grandpa left us to shine among the stars of heaven. I was at his side and holding his hand as he slipped away. He will forever be in our hearts and watching over us. Grandpa was the smartest, strongest and bravest man I have ever known and my world will never know another like him again.
I am forever thankful to everyone here who donated and allowed Grandpa to spend the last months of his life in peace and secure in his home. It meant the world to us.
It is a very Merry Christmas! Grandpa and I wanted to take moment to thank everyone here for the gift of this Christmas Day. It was because of you that Grandpa is spending Christmas in his home, warm and snug, enjoying a visit from his son Joe. There were many times this year we didn't think today, spending Christmas at home, was going to happen, but all of you made it happen. Grandpa told me he is having a wonderful and joyous Christmas day and he feels stronger today than he has in a while.
Grandpa and I are so thankful for each and everyone of you every day. You gave Grandpa the most amazing gift this year and we are forever greatful.
THE EVICTION IS OVER! I BOUGHT GRANDPA'S HOUSE BACK!!!!!!!!!
Janice and Dean agreed to sell back Grandpa's house! This has been the longest and hardest fight of our lives and it is finally over! Grandpa can spend the rest of his life in the home he built to spend it in!!!!!!
I cannot thank all of you enough. It was your donations that made buying back his home possible!! It was also your love and support that helped us make it though these last few months. Grandpa and I are forever in your debt and all of you will be forever in our hearts.
I want to take this time to once again thank Tim Gleeson, our attorney. Tim has been with us since the first week this started back in December 2010. Tim never stopped fighting for us. He started as our attorney, but has long since been the calming force in this crazy storm, the person who kept our hopes alive, Jaclyn sane and most of all became a treasured friend. I truly don't think Grandpa and I would have made it though all this without Tim and his wife Nancy. We are so thankful everyday to have them both on our team!
We finally have back The House That Jack Built!!!!!!
I know not all of you follow Grandpa on Facebook (Facebook.com/GrandpaJohnJPotter) where I post most of his weekly updates. So....
This weekend Grandpa and I had a fun day out on Saturday. Grandpa was past due for a haircut so we took a trip to the barber shop and then out to lunch. I have posted an after picture. He is the handsomest Grandpa anywhere.
I also wanted to share some memorable Grandpa quotes from this weekend.
Me: Grandpa how did you get butter on the bridge of your nose?
Gpa: It takes a great deal of talent. One day I just might show you!
Me: (Driving home from dinner) Is there anywhere else you want me to stop?
Gpa: At that red light up ahead.
Me: Good Morning!
Gpa: Is the sun really up?
Gpa: Thought it was a dream
Me: A good one or a bad one?
Gpa: I'll tell you after I've been awake for a couple hours
I love him so much! He makes my world such a brighter place!
I HAVE HAD IT. For those who did not see it. Dean Cottrill has been posting here and also to Grandpa's Facebook page(Facebook.com/grandpajohnjpotter). You have to go to the post on the 4th of July and change it to recent activity to see the posts in order.
While I am fine with my integrity and character being slandered. I am an honest and caring person who also has the strength to withstand it. Dean may state there are other reasons I moved back, but there was only one. Grandpa. All of my friends from San Diego can attest to this. I raised the money to buy back Grandpa's home. We offered the full market appraisal and then 20% over the market appraisal. It was rejected.
I do not need the money for myself. I have an education, a great paying job, and no debt to my name other than student loans. I have lived on my own and supported myself since I was 18 years old. I worked and made it through college with honors and now enjoy the rewards of the years of struggle with pride.
I have chosen to stay silent and not get into a mud slinging contest with Dean. However, I must put a stop to it when Dean continues to make comments about how my Grandfather does not care for his son or how his love and devotion to his son does not exist. Grandpa loves and adores Joe. He raised him and took care of him for 61 years until Joe was taken out of his home by Janice and Dean before he could get out of bed to say "goodbye". There is not one hour of one day when he does not think about Joe. He misses him so much the pain is almost more than he can bear. In their counter offer for the houseJanice and Dean tried to use Joe's visitation as a condition to the sale. My Grandfather will never exchange his son for his home.
My Grandpa has made more attempts than I can count to see Joe. It culminated with a petition to the court for visitation. It is being decided by the court what visitation is in Joe's best interest. We will stand by the courts opinion, not Janice and Dean's.
Dean now has also brought up the painful topic of my Grandmother's ashes. Janice had my Grandmother's ashes sent to her instead if the proper person, her husband of over 60 years. Janice and never offered them to my Grandfather and has used his refusal to beg her for them against him. A very cruel thing to do to a surviving spouse.
Dean, I have let you make your comments and say your side of the story, but if you continue to attack my grandfather or abuse the memory of my beloved grandmother I will block you from this site. You will be blocked not because I have anything to hide but because I no longer want to read your hate.
I do have an update on our Grandpa. Our court dates have been set! Thursday, October 3rd for jury selection and Friday, October 4th for the actual hearing.
The great news is we have three more months to have some peace and relax in the house. We have three months to hope and pray that Janice and Dean will sell the house back to Grandpa. We have three more months to gather strength. WE HAVE THREE MORE MONTHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The bad news is Grandpa still has to go through this and make it through two days of hearings.
As always, the good outweighs the bad and that is our focus. .. the good and wonderful everywhere.
To our American friends Happy Independence Day. Go forth and celebrate the freedoms that were fought for and what we still proudly hold dear. Also BE SAFE... I expect to see you all here tomorrow.
To all of our non American Friends.. Have a drink and toast that over 200 years ago men, women and children fought for a dream and won!
I would like to address something that has been frequently asked. "Why didn't we just give Jan and Dean all of the money they asked for?" It is because they had some demands in their offer that were not monetary. They asked a couple things Grandpa would never agree to involving a restriction on what he could talk about and visitation with his son.
This is why we made the counter offer we did. Please know Grandpa and I are trying to make the best decisions we can. I take the trust you have put in me for spending the money appropriately very seriously.
I will continue to be transparent in our thoughts and actions. I will keep everyone updated as everything progresses and as we make decisions.
I also do not know if the person posting as Dean Cottrill is actually Dean, but I am leaving these posts to for everyone to see. I believe you have the right to hear and see both sides. I will not address anything posted by Dean because I feel it will lead to a he said/she said argument and I do not feel this is the correct time or place. We have stated our side of this tragic story and leave you to make your own decisions.
I will address what Mary Smith posted Grandpa not having heat is a mis-statement. The heat pump was broken this winter, we have been having issues with it. Grandpa has a back up furnace that works very well. He keeps the house at a roasting 75 in winter. I would never allow Grandpa to be in a house without heat or one that is falling down around him. The house does need some updating with the roof and other known issues. I was hoping to use the extra money raised to do some updates to the house to Grandpa more safe and comfortable and the house more handicap friendly.
I just wanted to remind everyone Grandpa no longer has a hearing tomorrow. Please do not come to the courthouse. Grandpa will be sitting happily in his home watching TV!
I will let everyone know the date of the eviction jury hearing as soon as I know it!
Thank you all for your love and support. Grandpa had a few cards in the mail yesterday and enjoyed reading them all. He feels so loved by each and everyone of you and is so proud to call all of you his Internet Grandkids!
The judge has granted our request for Eviction by Jury Trial!!!!! So, the hearing will not take place on Wdnesday! On Wednesday we will only be setting the date for the jury trial and dealing with other legal motions.
So, please do not come on Wednesday! I will let everyone know when the new date is to come and show a JURY we stand with Grandpa!
91-year-old WWII Vet told to "Hit the Road, Jack!"
John "Jack" Potter, age 91, is being evicted from the Zaleski, Ohio home he built and lived in for 56 years. John is WWII vet having served in active combat in The Aleutian Islands campaign. In addition to his service to his country, he is also a former Sheriff of Vinton County, Mayor of Zaleski, Ohio, a retired chief train dispatcher from the B&O railroad, and a 65 year Master Freemason.
On Sunday, February 3, after a visit with his 64-year-old son, who has been severely disabled since birth with Austism, John was served eviction papers by the home's owner, Janice Cottrill. Janice is the only daughter of John Potter.
In 2004 John's daughter Janice used her power of attorney to transfer his house into her name, as a gift to herself. The rest of the family discovered the transfer in 2010, after Janice tried to wrongfully have John declared legally incompetent and force him into a nursing home against his will. After his family had the wrongful guardianship removed, John, being legally competent, filed a motion to reverse the transfer, since legally a power of attorney is not allowed to "self-deal" or give gifts to themselves from the person or estate in which they have power of attorney. While the Vinton County Common Pleas Court ruled in John's favor, a subsequent ruling from the Fourth Appellate District Court, reversed the ruling in John's favor stating, the statue of limitations for reversing the transfer was 4-years and had expired. The decision was awarded in the Cottrill's favor only by benefit of time, not because it was right.
Janice and Dean Cottrill have voiced their intentions to sell the house that John Potter built and in which he currently resides. January 29, 2013 the Cottrill's filed with the Vinton County Courts to have John evicted and forcibly removed from his home. On April 22, 2013 John will have to appear in Vinton County Court and will be ordered by the court to vacate his home of over half a century. No matter how wrong any judge may feel the eviction to be, the courts are powerless to stop this eviction. It is a sad day in our society, when there are no laws that can protect the rights and home of a 91 year man. John Potter just wants to live what remaining life he has left in the home he built with his wife, in which he raised his family, and has lived for the last 56 years.
The efforts of the family to convince Janice to allow John to live out his life in his home have failed. Janice states she needs the money, so the old man must go.
I am John's granddaughter Jaclyn. I am asking for your help to raise enough money to buy back his home. While the last thing I want to do is pay my mother any money for the pain and anguish she has caused my grandfather, if it will save his home, I will do anything. If 125,000 people read this and 125,000 people donate simply $1, or just 6,250 people donate $20, I will be able to buy him back his home. Anything raised above the cost of the house will go to paying for in home care and anything else he might need. Any donation you can give helps, please help my grandfather enjoy what time he has left in the home he built, which holds his memories of a full and wonderful life.
I am in the Navy and I would just like to say thank you for your service. You deserve that house and every ounce of money that is being donated. I promise to donate more once I get my next paycheck. And I am going to share this page and your story with all of my military friends. Thank you once again.
I know how rough things can be and I hope the you are able to raise the money for your grandpa. Don't give up hope and keep the Lord in your hearts. I know it's not much but I know every little bit adds up. You are in my prayers.