I like to envision Johnny as Scotland’s oldest teenager. He was chuffed to explore our dear home country and experience places that few take time to discover. Often when I would telephone him for our weekly chats, his phone would ring out so I knew he was off on another adventure. He inspired me to stretch my imagination and extend my mental and physical limits because he did so himself.
Many of us have the family we are born into and the family we choose for ourselves. Johnny and I chose to be brothers of a kindred mind. My association with Johnny was an expansion of possibilities for both of us. We became stronger through friendship and trust, both striving to become the best people we could be. Although my life is the poorer for his leaving it is still the richer from his sharing of a life well lived.