John Dyer Fort
Tuesday 20th of December 1960 - Saturday 9th of March 2019
Celebration of Life
Hunt Morgan House
201 N. Mill St., Lexington, Kentucky
Surrounded by family and friends, John Dyer Fort, writer and author, beloved brother and son, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 58 on March 9th. Born and raised in Lexington KY, he will be deeply missed. John attended Henry Clay High School (class of ’79) and later graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English from UK. He then did post graduate studies in creative writing at the University of MO, Columbia. With a dry sense of humor and a love of words, John had a great and curious mind that explored life’s many paths: poetry and literature; journalism; spirituality; and history (especially Kentucky history). In his early years, he was published in a variety of literary magazines and had opportunities in journalism at the KY Kernel and later, the local newspaper in Columbia, MO. He had a great love of horses and worked in his youth as a groom at Hamburg Farms, caring for yearlings, including Alysheba, a future Derby winner. He then traced blood lines and wrote for The Blood-Horse Magazine and Jockey Club. Throughout his life, he was driven to documenting the mysteries of the human condition through his own experiences. John was extremely kind and especially known for his compassion. He was a role model; ever resilient and always grateful. Family include sister Elizabeth Fort Jones, nephew Andy Jones and niece Malorie Jones (Lexington, KY); sister Catherine Fort, brother-in-law Paul Jadot and nephew Bryan Jadot (Chapel Hill, NC); and sister Patsy Fort Oneal, nephews Riley and Keegan Oneal and niece Shelby Oneal (San Diego, CA). There will be a private graveside service early in the week, with a celebration of his life open to all to be held at the Hunt Morgan House at Gratz Park (201 N. Mill St.) on Wednesday, March 13 at 6:15 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of the Bluegrass.
Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God's word at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Dear Beth I am so very sorry for your loss. What an interesting and intelligent brother you have. Gone way to soon. I lost both my grandmother and aunt to pancreatic cancer. I have been thinking of you and will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. That we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose,for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us - Helen Keller In Sympathy Jamie Kallman
I never had the pleasure of meeting John, but I always felt like I knew him through his sisters Beth and PA. Beth told us stories from their childhood, as well as later years. His compassion, sense of humor, and generous and adventurous nature are what stands out in my memory. Your family misses you dearly, John. They always will.
Kay Polites Harrissays
I was so saddened to read about your brother, uncle and friend John. He and I grew up on Blairmore, going to junior high and high school together. Even though we lost touch shortly after college I will always remember John's wonderful sense of humor and friendship. Rest in peace John.