John Edmond Sabga
How do you describe a man who meant so much to so many people? My husband, John, was the embodiment of all things honorable and just.
Go To Guy
Born in Trinidad to parents, Edmond and Diane Sabga, John was a loyal son and family man. He dedicated himself and his wealth of knowledge and resources to his large and extended family and staff, to ensure that they were always well taken care of. I always joked that he was everybody’s favorite person because he could solve any problem, answer any question, fix anything and was always fast on his feet and ready to assist. In fact, he was known as a “Jack of all trades and MASTER of ALL”. He earned a degree in building construction, from the University of Florida, which enabled him to garner this accolade by everyone who knew him. This is what endeared him to many, as he was not afraid to get down and dirty, even to assist the plumber in a crisis.
Biggest Fan and Hardest Worker
John was an avid sportsman with a particular interest in football and cricket. This passion was developed in his teens at his alma mater, Fatima College, and continued into his adult life where he maintained his devotion to sport, especially cricket. In fact, he would think nothing of jumping on a plane and flying to Australia to support his beloved West Indies team.
John was a very hard-working man and spent all of his working life in the restaurant business. From Los Angeles to Trinidad, he impacted people with his exceptional work ethic, genial personality and tireless commitment to his business and his employees. He was fair and just and expected nothing but the best from his family and employees, but then again, he gave always of his best.
Wise, Kind, Father
He was known for his plaid shirts and everything Vineyard Vines, his contagious smile and happy-go-lucky nature. Despite this attribute of his, he was not one to shy away from teaching what was right from wrong, especially to his two children, Matthew and Amanda, whom he has blessed with the legacy of his character. Much of his wisdom was taught to them on his numerous late night binges of Häagen Dazs ice cream and English Cadbury, Minstrels and Crunchie chocolates. That was their favorite bonding time.
In April 2016, John was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He fought in true John style, crisscrossing the United States for 10 months to see the best doctors. Unfortunately for John, and countless others, his disease has no signs or symptoms until it has reached stage IV, at which point it is too late. Sadly, he lost his battle with this disease in January 2017.
It is with great love, that we, his family and friends, choose to honor him by working relentlessly to raise awareness of this disease and ultimately assist in the race to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. Most importantly, we are committed in our mission to see the realization of an early detection test and new treatments options, by funding clinical trials so that other families, will not be impacted by this the deadliest of all cancers.
Please join us on this quest! Together we can make a difference!