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In Memoriam: John W. Prince

John Walter Prince
March 16,1942 – November 20, 2023

John Prince, founder and partner of Hallard Press LLC,  passed away in The Villages, Florida on November 20, 2023 after a year of treatment and many complications for a terminal brain cancer diagnosis. He fought with a determination to live one more day and passed peacefully at home with his family by his side.

John is survived by his wife, Wendy (Metcalfe); daughters: Kimberley Prince, Toronto; Caroline Prince, Ottawa; Erica Prince, her husband, Shane Jezowski, and granddaughter, Elle Prince, West Palm Beach, and was loved by many dear friends across Canada and the US. He was born in rural New Brunswick, Canada, moved to Toronto in 1980 and to Virginia in 1991, then to The Villages in 2017.

John was a self-made man with vast knowledge. He was a wordsmith, a creative mind, a wanderlust, and a formidable opponent in Scrabble, Trivia and Jeopardy. He was a passionate photographer, an adventurous traveler and hiker, a woodworker and weaver.  He was well-loved for his entertaining anecdotes, laughter and dry humor. He loved to tell his stories and listen to other people’s stories.

John was a creative and marketing director for advertising agencies as well as for his own businesses. Words were his life. He wrote books, ad copy, website content, speeches, branding campaigns, personal histories and short stories for financial institutions, medical and technical corporations, businesses, government and politicians. He also edited, designed and published books and short stories. 

He never stopped writing. John leaves behind a lifetime of writing as his legacy.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life for John in The Villages on February 24, 2024. Details to follow.

John was fortunate to be treated at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville by the brilliant Neurology/Oncology team headed by Dr. Ashley Ghiaseddin. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the  Adult Neuro-Oncology Patient & Family Support Fund to enable families from out-of-town to be with their loved ones during treatments.

Wendy Prince, his wife, may be contacted through her email address.

21 thoughts on “In Memoriam: John W. Prince”


    Devastating news. John was so aptly named as he was a prince. His help in publishing two of my books was so valuable. I’m thankful to have known him. I hold his family in my heart.

  2. I’m a writer, but I would likely not have been an author without John Prince. Thanks to the recommendation of another author, I contacted and met with John at my home. We sat at the dining room table—he faced the courtyard garden. He noticed a small flower blooming next to a large statue of Buddha. In a courtyard full of plants, he saw and remarked about that wee detail. With that attention to detail, I knew I had found my editor.

    His kindness and patience made the publishing process a real pleasure. His advice was invaluable. He convinced me to enter my first book in a writing contest. I figured it was good experience even though the likelihood of winning anything was nil. Whenever I spy that Gold Medal on my wall, my first thought is—and will always be—of John Prince.

  3. John was a gentleman and a scholar. Always helpful with more than a fair share of tact.

    If I could say one thing to John, it would be–it’s been an honor to be in your company, John.

  4. John has been in my thoughts and prayers since being diagnosed with brain cancer. We tried to get together recently, but with changes in treatment schedules, it regrettably never came to pass.
    John worked closely with me to help publish my two books. He was urging me to write a third book and his passion for writing was clearly evident.
    I will miss his friendship and guidance and I’m grateful that he touched my life.
    Dick Stoebel

  5. Always, all who pass will be missed. John Prince will be missed from a day to day basis for he was our mentor and friend. We always looked forward to his arrival because he always brought a nugget that we would ponder after he left. Occasionally, when we felt comfortable with our assessment we would give him a call back. John had great staying power as proved in the last year of his life and he never lost his wry sense of humor nor his willingness to share it with us! There is so much of John Prince to be remembered and I shall cherish the visits when they arrive!, As I say goodbye, old friend I thank you for making me a better human being.

  6. John inspired and encouraged me just as he did so many others. After every meeting with him; I felt like the the most creative person in the world. Thank you, John. You are loved and missed.

  7. What a Prince is John. It is with shock and deep sadness I read this message this morning. The writing world will be diminished without the presence of John’s always willing and insightful contribution to any and all of us who sought his wisdom. My thoughts are with his family. Peace and love.

  8. Steve "Doc" LeShay

    Now that John is at-one-ment with God, my wife Maxine and I pray that his wife, family, friends, and all who knew him will take comfort in knowing that he has reached his true spiritual being — because there is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. John’s spirit is the immortal Truth; his matter was error. His spirit is the real and eternal; his matter was the unreal and temporal, because Spirit is God; and we are all in His image and likeness. Therefore, we are not material; we are spiritual.
    May God grant serenity to John’s family, friends, and those who loved him.

  9. In life, it is not often that you meet a man like John and immediately realize that he is genuine and sincere. He epitomized what so many strive for – a true professional and always a gentleman. He was a good friend and I will miss him.
    In this time of sorrow, may the Lord bless his family with the peace of His presence and the comfort of His love.

  10. So sad to hear this news. John was a dear friend for nearly 50 years. My love & thoughts go out to Wendy & family……xo

  11. John and I – along with our friend Mark Banus and some others – met for breakfast once a month for many years here in Virginia. We would always end up laughing so hard we’d make a scene in the restaurant. That was mostly due to John’s wry little quips and his stories about his interesting life. I was so sad when both of those gentlemen and their wives moved to the Villages and our merry group disbanded. John helped with some writing I needed to do for work, and was a true professional. My heart goes out to Wendy and the girls, but at least they will know they are not alone in missing him.

  12. John was a prince amongst men. He shared his love of words and life with everyone he met. The world is a sadder place without him.

  13. John opened a whole new world for us when he guided us during the publication of our book. We will always be grateful to him. We worked with a true honorable, gentleman. The Happy Hikers will miss him.

  14. I was privileged to have served with John on the board of FAPA and am very saddened to hear of his passing. He was a very passionate publisher and just really nice guy. My deepest sympathies to his family.

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