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John Hostetter
  • October 06, 1946
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  • September 02, 2016

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Poet, painter, Pirate, song writer, actor, musician, and beloved brother, friend and husband, John Hostetter passed into spirit on September 2, 2016 after a long and difficult battle against cancer and its aftermath.  John was born October 6, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York to Ethel Potter Lewis and George Christian Hostetter.  He grew up in Hanover, Pennsylvania with brother Chris and sister Flora, graduating from Eichelberger High School in 1964.  He went on to attend Catawba College and UNC at Charlotte, and received a Master of Fine Arts in acting from Cornell University.  He toured with the National Shakespeare Company before moving to California in 1971.  He studied and began to perform the works of Lord Buckley, which he continued to do throughout his life.  In 1975 he met Del Appleby, his wife of 40 years.  Together they moved to Los Angeles in 1975 where John pursued his interest in acting, appearing in many movies, television shows, commercials and industrial films over his 25 year career.  Until his death, he was an active, proud member of Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Performers, and Actors Equity Association.  In 2001 he and Del moved to Florida and their home on the beachside in New Smyrna Beach.  There John discovered and pursued his talent as a visual artist, painting acrylics in the style of Australian aboriginal art, carving and painting custom walking sticks and sea shells, and creating imaginative found-object sculptures.  As a musician, John wrote many original songs, and in the last ten years, recorded five albums.  John sang and played  harmonica and rhythm guitar with a number of bands over the years including the Studs, the Mighty Echoes, and since 2004, the Pirates, the Thursday night house band at Peanuts Sports Bar on Flagler Avenue.  His creativity is well documented at www.johnhostetter.com and www.thepiratesnsb.com.  John was predeceased by his mother, father and brother.  He is survived by his wife, his sister, three nephews, Chris, Tim and Greg, and his grand nephew, Alex.  John leaves behind many devoted fans and friends, and a loving family that miss him deeply but rejoice in having known him and having their lives touched by his humor, kindness, loyalty, intelligence, and gentle, loving spirit.  The memory of his singular personality will be held dear by all of us forever.  Good bye, sweet Prince and Godspeed until we meet again


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  1. Connie McNamara lit a candle:
    12 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 12, 2016 at 9:15:43 PM

  2. Connie McNamara lit a candle:
    12 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 12, 2016 at 9:15:15 PM

  3. Bob Calabrese says:
    12 Sep 2016
    John Hostetter "Creator"
    A man of open heart,
    A man of open mind,
    A man of open hand.
    We need more like him.

  4. Lori McKay lit a candle:
    12 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 12, 2016 at 9:48:33 PM

  5. Bob Thames says:
    10 Sep 2016
    It has been a privilege and an an honor to know John, share some music, and witness the sparkle in his eyes. He was a unique man and an artist in every sense of the word. Our community was blessed by his presence, and we shall mourn his absence. And as Shakespeare said, "If music be the food of love, play on".

  6. Bob Thames says:
    10 Sep 2016
    It has been a privilege and an an honor to know John, share some music, and witness the sparkle in his eye. He was a unique man and an artist in every sense of the word. Our community was blessed by his presence, and we shall mourn his absence. And as Shakespeare said, "If music be the food of love, play on".

  7. Kathy Ruding says:
    10 Sep 2016
    John was a true Renaissance man and one of the most interesting people I have ever met. His kindness and compassion was evident in everything he did. I love all of his paintings (especially the Shakespeare series) hanging in my home and will think of him every day.
    He will be missed.

  8. Sue Williams lit a candle:
    09 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 9, 2016 at 9:00:12 PM

  9. Pamela McArthur lit a candle:
    09 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 9, 2016 at 9:02:30 PM

  10. George Faircloth says:
    09 Sep 2016
    From John's own notes on his wonderfully imaginative CD, "The Ridiculous & The Sublime":
    "13. Guinness/The Parting Glass starts with a poem I wrote for a contest to win a pub. Roger Steffens gives it a delicious reading and I follow with a gentle rendering of a traditional Scottish/Irish song of farewell."
    And a gentle and poignant rendering it is! And now, so sadly appropriate. If you have "The Ridiculous & The Sublime", I invite you to listen to that lovely, bittersweet song once again.

  11. Betty Jean (BJ) Miller lit a candle:
    09 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 9, 2016 at 9:59:13 AM

  12. Sandi Carroll posted an image:
    08 Sep 2016
    John - ready to lead the first Mardi Gras Parade (with Adele - not in this photo) in 2008. Wonderful person, great artist and musician. He will be missed.
    John - ready to lead the first Mardi Gras Parade (with Adele - not in this photo) in 2008. Wonderful person, great artist and musician. He will be missed.

  13. Liza Henry Southern lit a candle:
    08 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 8, 2016 at 9:27:39 PM

  14. George Faircloth lit a candle:
    08 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 8, 2016 at 9:30:51 PM

  15. Pat McGrath says:
    08 Sep 2016
    Dear John, I am privileged to own some of your Pirate albums and your artistic renditions of sea turtles. As a member of your PA fan club I enjoyed meeting you on one of your visits to your dear sister Flora, who is one of my closest friends. Rest in peace.the

  16. Margaret Yarranton says:
    08 Sep 2016
    A dear and friendly neighbor who also contributed to the Arts in NSB. He and Del led the first Mardi Gras parade on Flagler Avenue and they also started the Flagler Avenue Art Walk including a craft activity for Children.I will miss stopping by his studio to talk.His pointillism art works were extraordinary and in recent years he custom painted guitars for musicians across the country So proud to have known you John.

  17. Robyn Henry Smith lit a candle:
    08 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 8, 2016 at 9:36:23 PM

  18. Renice Jones says:
    08 Sep 2016
    I wish I had told you how many times I smiled seeing you walking on Flagler drawing the spirit out of a piece of wood soon to be a walking stick or carrying a ceramic cat under your arm, willing it to tell you the design that would cover it. I'd see you weekly when the Pirates played at Sea Harvest -- you'd always break from your song to call out my name, as you did with everyone you knew, making us all feel like kin. So long, John. Your spirit will be here forever in this little town.

  19. KATHLEEN AND GEORGE JONES says:
    08 Sep 2016
    John, who knew that when Kathleen and I talked to you at Publix it would be for the last time, but it will not be the last thought of you and our long time relationship threw your wonderful art work. LOOKING FOR LOVE hangs on our wall and will bring thoughts of you every day.

  20. Alex and Gabriella Gail DeMers says:
    08 Sep 2016
    John, it always brought joy to our hearts to be around you. We know you will make merry with all those other fine musicians and artists in heaven. You had a life well lived. Blessings of peace to Del and your whole family. There was only one John and you will be missed. You brought joy to this world. Thank you.

  21. David Young says:
    08 Sep 2016
    having john as my freshman roommate was always interesting.....when we read books, playboy and mad magazine, he read the dictionary......paid off well for him!
    and we did start the band known as The Studs!!!

  22. Sandra and Dub Potter lit a candle:
    08 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 8, 2016 at 9:07:12 AM

  23. Bill & Patty Grau says:
    08 Sep 2016
    John brought joy to our lives through his music and whimsical art. It has been our pleasure to have crossed paths with this great man. We will miss his easy smile and great humor, and will think of him often as we enjoy his art which graces our home. Go in peace our friend, you will be missed greatly!

  24. Sandi Sturge says:
    08 Sep 2016
    Del, we are deeply saddened by your loss of John. He was such a wonderful man.
    You are in our thoughts & prayers.
    Sandi & Richard Sturge

  25. Eugenia Forand lit a candle:
    08 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 8, 2016 at 9:30:07 AM

  26. Eugenia Forand says:
    08 Sep 2016
    John, You will be miss. One of the most Beautiful Souls I encounter in Our little town. Great loss.

  27. Adam Henry lit a candle:
    08 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 8, 2016 at 9:13:49 AM

  28. Judy Grant lit a candle:
    08 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 8, 2016 at 9:29:57 AM

  29. Diane and Skip Henry lit a candle:
    07 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 7, 2016 at 9:58:49 PM

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    07 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 7, 2016 at 9:02:18 PM

  31. Carol and Sonny Coulbourne lit a candle:
    07 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 7, 2016 at 9:48:52 PM

  32. mike kaye says:
    07 Sep 2016
    my dear brother,,,
    as much as i like to write,,,and talk,,,i find myself with a bit of a block now,,,,,,,
    i know you can see inside my heart,,,and you know how i love and respect you,,,,,thank god for that my brother,,,,the words just arent there right now,,,,,
    move forward freely my friend,,,,,but dont lose that window to my heart,,,and all of ours,,,,,
    we all need to stay in touch with you john,,,,now not with emails and telephones,,,,but through the organic,,,,,
    really love you my brother,,,,and look forward to seeing all whom you have left behind in nsb,,,,please keep in touch,,,,
    you have done it all right hoss,,,,
    we so love you,,,,,
    down the road a spell my friend,,,
    mk

  33. Mark hodgson says:
    07 Sep 2016
    A man of rare talent and compassion. A true artist and a good friend ... He will be missed

  34. Adele Aletti says:
    07 Sep 2016
    What a kind and gentle soul we have lost. It was always a pleasure to see you and soak up your joy of life. You left us too soon but with the knowledge that knowing you made us better people. Be ar peace dear John.

  35. Fran Bremer lit a candle:
    07 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 7, 2016 at 9:04:26 PM

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    07 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 7, 2016 at 9:03:29 PM

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    07 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 7, 2016 at 9:37:50 AM

  38. Marty Brown says:
    07 Sep 2016
    I am lucky to have met you, own a few pieces of your art, 3 Pirate CD's and got to see you sing in person at Peanuts with your sister, Flora. I am one of your fan club here in Pennsylvania. Peace be with you, John.

  39. Lois and Randy lit a candle:
    07 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 7, 2016 at 9:54:12 AM

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    07 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 7, 2016 at 9:23:18 AM

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    07 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 7, 2016 at 9:43:30 AM

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    06 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 6, 2016 at 9:24:04 PM

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    06 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 6, 2016 at 9:23:17 PM

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    06 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 6, 2016 at 9:44:59 PM

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    06 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 6, 2016 at 9:39:33 PM

  46. Jean Ramirez says:
    06 Sep 2016
    Dearest Cuz,
    I embrace you in an everlasting hug, to carry you to your next creative life.
    Love,
    Jean Hostetter Ramirez

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    06 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 6, 2016 at 9:18:22 PM

  48. Barbara samples lit a candle:
    06 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 6, 2016 at 9:03:30 PM

  49. Nejma Peter says:
    06 Sep 2016
    Good by John . You're just on another one of your beautiful journeys

  50. David Hall lit a candle:
    06 Sep 2016
    Lit since September 6, 2016 at 9:58:24 PM

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