Jacky Paice, Jon’s sister-in-law, writes today:
It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the death of Jon. In many ways the pain of losing him still feels so raw and so close but in other ways we breathe a little easier every day knowing that Jon has passed to a better place, free from the pain, the worry, the exhaustion and all the other terrible, terrible realities of cancer. And, while he may have passed, he remains here and close to us every day.
There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t remember Jon and the wonderful man that he was. If we’re not remembering and reliving our memories of him, sat around the kitchen table at home, we’re working on the concert, speaking with his closest friends on a daily basis, imagining what Jon would have made of all this, awaiting the book that is about to be released, watching him perform on footage as we compile the DVD… He may not physically be here but, in a lot of ways, Jon is more here than he’s ever been.
We have been overwhelmed by the response from friends and fans since the death of Jon. The worldwide response from you all has been enormously helpful in supporting us, and especially my sister Vicky, throughout the last year. At the time, we could never imagine arriving at a place in which the beautiful memories, the fun, the laughter, the time spent together could outweigh the sadness and grief we felt when he left us, and while we may not be there completely, we are certainly well on the way.
To everyone who has taken time to show us how much you loved Jon, we thank you.
To family and friends, we hold your hand.
To Jon, we love you.