ABC radio host John Stokes loses battle with cancer
JOHN Stokes was known as the man who had done it all.
The former ABC Coast FM radio personality passed away on the weekend, much to the sadness of old colleagues and friends.
ABC Sunshine Coast offered the following tribute to their lost friend on Facebook:
"It's with great sadness we share the news that our beloved mate John Stokes passed away over the weekend.
"He was surrounded by the people who he loved, and was at peace. Our thoughts to Jen and Jas and Jan.
John Stokes or 'Stokesy' helped launch ABC Coast FM on the Gold Coast in the mid-1980s before moving to the Sunshine Coast studios in 1993.
"Stokesy was the heart and soul of Coast FM both on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts,'' Trevor Jackson posted on Facebook.
"He was a passionate man whose exuberance was infectious. He was an excellent broadcaster and an even better human being. He'll be missed by many, myself included.''
ABC Gold Coast reporter Peter Scott wrote: "Stokesy and Cam Young and I were the first announcers at Coast FM (now ABC Sunshine Coast). Stokesy taught me so much about radio. He showed me how much fun it can be. He'll be greatly missed.''
Stokes' enjoyed warm friendships with long-time Sunshine Coast Daily journalist Bill Hoffman and Daily columnist Ashley Robinson.
He was a passionate supporter of their Island Charity Swim to raise money for special needs children on the Sunshine Coast, along with many other local causes.
His passion for people during his 29 years in radio is something that he will long be remembered for.
Last year Stokes reluctantly said goodbye to a long and successful career in the drive time chair because of his poor health.
He had taken leave twice before to fight non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
His troubles with cancer was something he hid from his fans but when he broke the news he was leaving them for good to focus on his treatment more than 100 listeners called in to wish him farewell.
"You realise what an impact you've had on peoples' lives, hopefully for the better," He told The Daily last year.
"My wife used to say to me as I headed out the door, 'Make those people happy.' I hope I've done that."
With a love for water and travelling, he focused on sailing, surfing and exploring the world before he passed away.
Thinking of all the @abcsunshine crew today after the death of John Stokes. I really enjoyed listening to him, loved his spirit. X— Rebecca Marshall (@SCDBusiness) October 13, 2014
Good bye my good friend John Stokes from @abcsunshine. Forever an inspiration to me. RIP— Michelle O'Brien (@mobrien4564) October 12, 2014