I’m very sad to report the death of John Dillon on June 5.
I had lunch with him in mid April, and he told me that he was hoping to wind down his important work at KAIROS and then spend more time archiving his many files and records related to social justice projects that go back to the 1960’s.
John was a CIASP volunteer going back to 1968 and 1969, and he later wrote an important report about CIASP contributions to Mexico and to Canadian volunteerism. John spent his entire life committed to social justice in a quiet and scholarly way that always generated positive results. His work and his mentoring of younger generations of social justice volunteers that will continue to generate positive communities for many years to come. He left us far too soon, and will be sadly missed.
The news of his sudden passing has shocked us all, and his passing leaves a great void. He lived an admirable life filled with compassionate service and dedication to justice. RIP John.
Phil Little posted the following message about John on his Facebook Page, and I am reposting it here.
"We go back a long ways to the days of CIASP and the summer of 1969 in the mountains of Hidalgo near the little village of PIsaflores. John was the team captain of our group, this was his second trip to Mexico. After that John became involved in GattFly and KAIROS, with a life dedicated to working for justice and solidarity. John was a quiet man, one of the good guys whose life did make a difference to many.”