Rest in Peace, Justin

For Justin Kaiser, in memoriam: “Another World” by Antony and the Johnsons

Justin Kaiser, a long time friend of the owner of the Roff Home, passed away unexpectedly this weekend, following complications from a surgery that was to improve his life. He was too young to pass so soon, and this has been a shock to everyone who knew him.

Just before his surgery, he had posted a comment on the Roff Home blog. Privately, we communicated about doing some work together after he recovered from surgery.

Justin worked at WGFA, a regional radio station based in Watseka, Illinois. He was a joy to listen to on the air.

Among the many good things that Justin did throughout his life, he helped promote a local summer opera festival that I am involved with, called Sugar Creek Symphony & Song. He recorded voiceovers and invited us into the studio for on-air interviews. He was a pleasure to work with, and his enthusiasm and willingness to support our efforts to bring the arts to this area will always be appreciated.

When I would go out to the radio station to do the on-air interviews, it was so easy to just sit down and talk to him. Even when we were on the air, everything felt so easy-going. He would always greet me with a smile, and he was so easy to have a conversation with.

The tragedy of his death is that it is so unexpected and came far too soon in his life. It is so cliché to hear someone say that you have to live for today, or live like it is the last day of your life, but Justin’s tragedy makes these tired sayings real.

Rest in peace, Justin.

In memory of Justin Kaiser: “Another World” by Antony and the Johnsons.
I need another place. Will there be peace?
I need another world. This one’s nearly gone.
Still have too many dreams never seen the light.
I need another world, a place where I can go.
I’m gonna miss the sea. I’m gonna miss the snow.
I’m gonna miss the bees. I miss the things that grow.
I’m gonna miss the trees. I’m gonna miss the sun.
I miss the animals. I’m gonna miss you all.

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