John van Zandt, age 70, died peacefully at home March 9, 2019, with his wife, Christine, and his daughters Ana and
Erin by his side.
John was a gentleman — quick-witted- and kind with a love for nature and love of life. He was an avid reader, always
with a tower of books by his bedside. We often had to listen closely for a quip, twisted word or a pun. He remained
incredibly good-natured and determined with his great sense of humor throughout the past year as he fought “The
Beast” glioblastoma brain cancer.
John was born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and he lived near the Atlantic Ocean, where he first began to love the water.
The family then moved to Houston, where John spent most of his young life through his years at the University of
Houston. He moved to Anna Maria Island on the west coast of Florida and because he loved the water, it was
paradise for him.
He was a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic birder. John always traveled with a pair of binoculars. He joined
racing crews with the Manatee Sailing Association and raced on Tampa Bay, along the west coast of Florida and to
Key West and Cuba. For many years John and Chris spent the fall at their second home in Northeast Harbor,
enjoying their friends, reading, breathing the cool air, birding and exploring the trails of Mount Desert Island. John
was often crew for his good friend and neighbor Andy Horner.
He is survived by the love of his life, Christine, daughters Erin, Angela and Ana and his grandchildren Will and