This afternoon I visited john at the St George Hospital. I was met by his mum, aunt, and sister, who advised that things have not gone well at all for John. Overnight, the treatment for trying to recover from the Pneumonia had not worked. He was on an eco-machine which was enabling him to breathe and pump his blood. All his reactions to the preparation for the future treatment of the myeloma were good and so the confidence was up for full recovery from Myeloma.
Regrettably this morning the x-rays found bleeding in the brain. A decision was made to stop life support as there is no hope for any recovery. John had a series of bad luck, from Influenza A to severe pneumonia to bleeding of the brain.
I met Kathy and the boys after meeting John and the other family members at the hospital, they plan to switch off the eco machine this evening.
So, this evening John will pass on to see his daughter and catch up with Walter
Not only have we lost a close friend to us all, but a great and honest man who only wanted good for his family and friends.
John had plans to live in Italy for 2-3 years after his retirement with his family and only recently ( last week ) john and the boys received their Italian passports.
God bless you John, RIP
Sadly Kathy has now confirmed John has passed away.
We have lost a long time friend. May he rest in peace.
Will pass on notification of the funeral as soon as I hear.
I am speechless and in shock.
John had so much life left to live and I can't believe he is gone especially as he was sitting with us laughing and have fun on months ago at the BRC and looked healthy.
I honestly have tears in my eyes...its just unreal.
My heart goes out to his family and may John rest in peace.
Life is way too short gentlemen.
Live life, we never know when our number is up.
Please keep me informed of the funeral date.
It has taken me till now to come to terms as to what has happened and respond in some form.
I am shocked , saddened , & confused.
How could this happen : So quickly : to a person who we all knew so well & loved.
I feel deeply for Kathy & the boys .... so much has been taken away from them and taken away from us too.
Taken way too soon !
John ( Damit ) Decataldo .... one of natures true gentlemen.
I will miss his dry sense of humour , razor wit and his company .
I am too saddened to say any more right now.
May he rest in peace
I got the txt from Kathy last night but I was somewhat prepared as I visited John on Saturday afternoon. I did get the explanation from the sister about all the machines so I did say my goodbyes to him then as a tear come over my eye. I had the same situation with my dad who lasted 18 hours after we also pulled life support following 7 days without response after major brain surgery and effects of warforan did not proved dad with much of a chance.
Life is indeed too short members and you just have to do the best you can with what you have been dealt with without any wildcards and hopefully don't always go all in :-)
I will come back from the funeral from Brisbane once the details are known.
Very sad day for all concerned and my condolences goes out to Kathy and Johns family.
Too sad for words.
What I recall most is the quiet nature, the humour and the mannerisms, which were the same since his high school days.
Such a kind and gentle soul, taken far too soon.
Guess I’m mirroring everyone’s thoughts and finding it hard to grasp the sudden nature of John’s passing away.
We are deeply saddened and will always remember John fondly from my first acquaintance beginning at high school, through university and beyond. Too many memories to name.
Feel lucky that we had the pleasure of knowing John, he was a kind, caring and generous person who will be greatly missed by all.
Our hearts go out to Kathy, the boys and John’s Family during this difficult time.
I'd also like to echo the thoughts and feeling of everyone in saying John or Decca as I knew him at school will be dearly missed.
He was a kind and gentle man.
Father, Husband, Son and Friend.
Just got home to read this sad sad news.
We've just lost a really decent bloke and a good friend to all of us.
To Kathy and the boys I just don't know what to say.
Vale John - we miss you and will not forget you.
Following message from Kathy, My darling John's funeral is booked in for this coming Friday 22nd at 11am at Regina Coeli Catholic church Ponyara rd Beverly Hills. Burial will be at Rookwood cemetery followed by refreshments in the function room at the cemetery. All r welcome.
I have been without internet connection for a week or so and have only just received the news about John. I am shocked and saddened by what has happened. He was such a good and decent guy.
Rick ( in Moscow)