John Kraft

Dear Fellow Bloggers,

John Kraft, the witty and humorous blogger, has died.  His blog, Down the Hall on Your Left, was one of the first blogs I followed.  From trips to Ireland, to crime serials, to life at Starbucks, his posts were some of the best.  I will miss him dearly.

Blogging friends are as precious as the friends we have in our everyday lives.  Rest in Peace, John.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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79 Responses to John Kraft

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Thank you, Jennie, for bringing us this sad news. It’s important to know, as painful as it is.

  2. srbottch says:

    Jennie…..I’m stunned and so very saddened. I knew he was ill recently but thought that he was in the road to recovery. Yes, his posts were so much fun to read. He made me smile, a lot. Thanks for sharing this news. May he Rest In Peace.

    • Jennie says:

      I was stunned, too. He died taking a nap on Wednesday. I hope when my time comes, I go the same way. His wife will post something on his blog on Friday. I will really miss John and his posts.

  3. I’m sorry for your loss, Jennie. Thank you for the information.

  4. CarolCooks2 says:

    Thank you for the information, Jennie and sorry for your loss you are correct our blogging friends are as precious as the everyday friends in our life…Hugs xx

  5. It’s always sad to lose a blogging friend. I’m so sorry.

  6. I wasn’t familiar with his blog, but this is sad news.

  7. Very sad news 😢 Prayers 🌷🙏🌷

  8. petespringerauthor says:

    I had been following him for the last year and a half or so. I remember him writing about meeting his friends regularly for a cup of coffee and a visit most mornings. How did you hear about his passing, Jennie?

    • Jennie says:

      His wife posted on his FB page. She said it was sudden, as he took a nap and just died in his sleep. She said he would want people to think about him as they drink a cup of coffee and smile.

      • petespringerauthor says:

        I know he just posted something on his blog a couple of days ago, so I was quite surprised to read this.

      • Jennie says:

        Exactly! I went to his blog, and there was a two-day old post. Sheesh! Honestly, I hope I go like John when my turn is up. I hope that doesn’t sound terrible…

      • petespringerauthor says:

        We’ve said the same thing. Watching loved ones struggle physically and mentally near the end of life has reinforced that.

      • Jennie says:

        Yes, we have. And, yes it has.

  9. I don’t know John Kraft, but have experienced the loss of blogging friends. It is very sad and does impact you your life. I miss Sue Vincent a great deal.

  10. Ritu says:

    How sad. RIP John 🙏🏼

  11. beetleypete says:

    Losing a blogging friend is the same as losing any friend. They leave behind a gap in our lives. RIP, John.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  12. beth says:

    i didn’t know john, but like others have said, it is hard to lose a friend of any kind, no matter how we are connected. i’m sorry for your loss, and well as for anyone who was connected to him

  13. GP says:

    I am sorry for the loss of your friend.

  14. Norah says:

    I’m sorry for your loss, Jennie. I didn’t know John. It sounds like he was a very special person.💖

  15. quiall says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest gently in the hearts and memories of those who knew him.

  16. Very sad news! Thanks for the information, Jennie! May he rest in peace. xx Michael

  17. Darlene says:

    This is such sad news. I loved John’s blog posts and followed him for a long time. He always made me laugh and will be missed. Is there any way we can send our condolences to his lovely wife?

    • Jennie says:

      I read about this on his FB page. His wife, Dawn, posted the sad news last evening. I think finding his FB page is the best way to reach her. She also told me that she is planning to post something on his blog on Friday.

  18. I understand and agree about blogger buds becoming ‘true’ friends. So sorry for your loss. I always wonder how we get to know when/if they’ve passed on…and your simple announcement shows me that the blogging community is connected in those areas of life, also.

    • Jennie says:

      I think we are all connected in different ways that give us avenues to share news. A simple announcement can mean the world to someone else. I cherish our community!

  19. Sending love and prayers for John’s family and friends…

  20. Mike says:

    I am sorry to hear this. John’s posts often had me laughing out loud. And that’s the way to remember him.

  21. I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your blogging friend, Jennie.

  22. Jermena says:

    It’s really a pitty.

  23. That is true Jennie. Thank you for sharing this. If not much, and as i joined you pretty late here, would it be possible for you to share your favourite posts of his. I am certain it will be a wonderful tribute to John. Ofcourse if its fine with you.

    Om shanti
    Nara x

  24. I’m sorry to hear this. I agree that blogging friends are very special. It is strange how some blogposts just chime within us and we look forward to reading the next one. We may never meet each other but we are a community and it is good to be reminded of that 🕊 may John rest in peace.

  25. dgkaye says:

    So very sad. Our blogging community is like a family. May he rest in peace. ❤

  26. I’m sorry to hear this, Jennie.

  27. oh dear! I am so very sorry. I understand what you meant about blogging friends.

  28. Dawn says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts in memory of John. He truly loved being part of this blogging world. When, after five years of a daily blog, he felt he just couldn’t do it anymore, he stepped away. It only took a few months for him to come to the realization that he couldn’t leave forever and returned for a weekly offering. Some things just get in your blood and you can never leave.

    If John were here now, he would tell you to grab a cup of coffee, laugh with your friends, hug those you love and tell them, every day, how much they mean to you. That’s what he did and I have all those remarkable memories.

    And keep writing!

    • Jennie says:

      That is just beautiful, Dawn. You have wonderful memories of a great man. I must go and pour a cup of coffee… 🙂

      • Dawn says:

        Pour lots of coffee! With John gone, coffee sales will plummet nationwide!

        I always laugh when I would respond to John’s blog, I was tempted to sign off, “The lovely and [whatever] Dawn.” I was tempted to do that here, but unless you knew John’s blogs, you wouldn’t get it.

        Thought about you the other day. I’m doing a summer sermon series built around children’s books. Next week is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

      • Jennie says:

        Dawn, I know John well and I absolutely got it!! More than you know. Your recent comments and sign-offs were the best. If I go back to my early John blog years (2015), I don’t remember your comments. How wonderful that your next summer sermon is built around “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” That makes me smile. 😀

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