John Leonard Rent passed away Sept. 9 after battling pancreatic cancer for two yearsand, as many of you may be wondering, the money is gone.
For more than 15 years, John was the owner and designer of the floral design firm Into The Woods, Inc. He was a creative visionary. He loved sports, drag and leather, making him "masc for mascara." John did not want an obituary, a memorial service or any public remembrance. For the first time in 55 years, John's friends get the final say.
John dodged death twice in his lifefirst after being diagnosed HIV in the early 1980s and then surviving being hit by a car in his 20s. John often spoke of Chili Pepper dressing as his mother to come visit him in the hospital during this time.
John loved to eat out and take his friends to dinner. He could be frequently be seen dictating his friends' food choices at Yoshi's, Mon Ami Gabi, Maxim's (back in the day) and Las Mananitas.
Throughout his 25+ year career as a floral designer, John won the hearts of his clients, who often became his lifelong friends. He brought joy, beauty, and laughter to everyone he encountered. His friends hope that you remember his uniquely irreverent (often teetering on the edge of inappropriate) wicked sense of humor and sincerely hope this has made you chuckle while remembering one of the most interesting, giving and loyal men.
Lastly he'd like to remind you to put down your phone and go talk to someone. F—k Trump!
Donations may be made in John's memory to Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care at RainbowHospice.org or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at PanCan.org .
Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illiinois, 773-281-5058 or Cremation-society.com