The celebration of life and fundraiser for John was an awesome showing of love and support in all the ways that matter. What an outpouring of love and respect for the man John was and the legacy he left behind. The individuals that put their hearts into the preparation I applaud you as you honored your friend/family well. To all the guests and donors your generosity is appreciated beyond measure. The gofundme site is still accepting donations for those that may have been unable to attend etc. At times of loss and suffering no amount of money can mend broken hearts but your generosity has lightened the burden. Many thanks....
Sandee sends her love, appreciation and humble gratitude to everyone that has shared in this journey wiht their well wishes and generosity. We are quickly approaching this weekend's Celebration of Life & Fundraiser to be held on Oct. 6 beginning at 3pm at Ingold Sports Facility in Fallbrook. The suggested donation is $10 pp at the gate. It is surely going to be a tribute to a special man with live music, food, drinks, activities for kids, a memorial service. There are lots of ways you can get involved...live and silent auction items still needed, financial donations, and please note all funds raised go to the family for very necessary medical bills etc...please contact me if you want to help or need more information. Please continue to share with others.
My apologies for the typos smart phones love auto correct even when they are not correct...please view the flyer for all the details on the Memorial service/Fundraiser for John. Let's continue to be a blessing to a family that really needs our love and support. Please share on your page as well. Thank you.
Good morning....I wanted to update everyone on John's Memorial Service and Fundraiser. It's truly going to be a special event for the whole family. There will be activities, silent auction, good and drinks. We will be celebrating John and the legacy he leaves behind while seeking efforts to continue to raise funds for the family and medical bills etc. They are also on need of silent auction items if you are a want to contribute a gift basket or item(s) or know someone that can please see the attached flyer for contact and details.
Today is Sandee's birthday and I am sure she is reminded daily how much she is loved and supported...lets show her a little extra love today and remind her that she is not alone in this difficult time. Happy birthday Sandee we love you!
We are at 30% of our total goal. I'm so proud that in a time of need all of you have found a way to share in this effort. Tough economic times are upon many of us and it warms my heart to know that you have all made a financial sacrifice to help a family in need. No amount of money can replace John and the families loss but together we are lightening their load of worry. Thank you for all of your continued support. On Oct. 6 there will be a memorial fundraiser at the park where John worked in Fallbrook. All the details are coming soon on this but I'm understanding that it's going to be a celebration of John's life with music family and friends. I will post updates as information is available. Thank you.
For those of you that are friends with Sandee on FB you may have seen her post last night regarding the tragedy that took her husband John's life. For those of you that may have not seen it or are not on FB I have posted it here. An absolutely beautiful tribute to their love and family. Please keep sharing and keep these efforts alive we still have much work to do....
"Tonight is the first time I have been alone with my thoughts, my questions, my anger, my broken heart and my severed dreams. I will never grow old with the man I loved and spent half of my life with. John will not be here to see his son's 18th birthday on Saturday, take him to his final baseball tournament in AZ, see him graduate high school in May, nor help him finish choosing the college he want...s to go to. He will not see either of his boys graduate college, become successful adults, celebrate marriage, or watch his grandchildren grow up.
This has truly been the most devastating, life changing time of our lives. There was no preparation, no warning, no chance to say goodbye, I love you or I'm sorry. Yet, despite all of this, we are the lucky ones who were given the chance to call this wonderful, caring, hard working, loving, devoted, inspirational and compassionate man our husband and our dad. We may not have had him as long as we would have wanted, but he will live in our hearts and in the hearts of everyone else whose life he touched, forever.
We want you all to know that the love, support, generosity, and kindness we have received from our family, friends and perfect strangers, in our home of Fallbrook, my hometown of Oceanside, and places near and far, has been truly humbling. You will never understand the love, strength and hope you have restored to our broken hearts. With it, we will survive, we will move forward, we will be strong and we will make him proud to have called us his wife and his sons.
Thank you to everyone for all of your heartfelt love and support during this very difficult time. We could not get through this without all of you. A special "we love you" to my dad and mom, my brother (my rock), my sister in law, my mother and father in law, my sisters in law and their families, and to those who have done so much more than I could have ever imagined to make this tragic time just a little bit easier, a little bit more bearable and less stressful. To those who came to the hospital without hesitation, overflowed the halls to the dismay of the staff, held John's hand, shared in our sorrow and wished him farewell in his final moments, "thank you" for being there. Your generosity of time, money, food, thoughts, cards, texts, calls, flowers, prayers, hugs and comforting words is nothing short of humbling. John was a very special man who was loved by many and will truly be missed by all who knew him...especially me.
We love you John, with all of our hearts.... forever! Until we see you again, may you rest in peace my love...fly with the hawks, spend time with your dad and watch over us, always."
Originally this started as an outreach to Sandee's OHS alumni and so many people have come together wanting to participate in this effort. Please know all are welcome and the "OHS Pirate" theme is not meant to exclude anyone. In some way we are all connected by this tragedy whether we know Sandee, John, the boys and in some cases none of them but by way of someone in your life that does. I am just so humbled by the outpouring of generosity and reminds me to have faith in our fellow man! Please feel free to share this link with your FB page, email etc...we know the friends and family extend way beyond just our reach alone. Thank you all for all that you are doing.
A message from Sandee..."I want to thank you so much again for all you have done and continue to do for my family. I'm not quite sure what I did to deserve all of the love and support that continues to flow and I don't know how I can ever repay anyone for their generosity, love and support, except to make sure that my boys understand and are humbled by this experience and will pay it forward whenever the opportunity arises. Thank you so much. I don't know what we would do without every single one of you, family and friends... God bless you all. You will never understand exactly how much you all mean to us."
John Stotz was a humanitarian that gave graciously to Ingold Sports Facility, athletic teams, the Fallbrook community, his family and friends. John was a father, husband, son, brother, coach, and friend...among other things. There is a great financial need as John was the sole support of his family. His loss leaves behind big shoes to fill in the community, the sports facility and most importantly in his family. The Stotz family (Sandee, Connor & Gavin) need the love and support of everyone to get them through this journey. Everyone feels helpless and asks "what can I do to help" ...this is how you can help. No donation is too small because this is a collective effort to give back to a family that has lost so much. Together we will all make a difference. We created this site so that everyone is comfortable knowing the funds you donate will go to Sandee and the boys. You can watch how it increases and be proud of what we raise. I'm so grateful to be part of the community that John and Sandee called friends and family and how we pull together in times of need!
My uncle is Mr. Stotz friend and misses him a lot. I want to give my allowance to you this week. I had fun at the memorial yesterday and the hamburgers were good. I am sorry for what happened to Mr. Stotz.
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