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A tribute to John C. Carlyle

• May 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM

In a recent post on the Humanity for Prisoners blog, Doug Tjapkes pays tribute to his friend, and a friend to the community, John Carlyle.

Carlyle, who died April 22 at the age of 79, was more than an attorney.

“An out-of-town implant came to Grand Haven in the ‘60s and quietly began moving mountains, playing a key role in the building of a new YMCA, the formation of North Ottawa Community Hospice and the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, just to name a few,” Tjapkes noted.

Tjapkes says he is where he is today, and his prisoner advocacy organization is successful in no small part by the work and support from Carlyle.

“Mention his name, and you’ll hear all kinds of descriptions: crabby, crusty, brusque, intense — but those of us who knew him also heard his laugh, spotted his tears, and sensed his love for family, his loyalty to friends, and his compassion for those less fortunate,” Tjapkes wrote.

Read the complete post: “John C. Carlyle, 1938-2018.”

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