John MacKnight, 79, lighting director

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John MacKnightJohn Dauphinee MacKnight of St. Stephen, NB., passed away at the Charlotte County Hospital, St. Stephen, NB, on February 22, 2012…

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  1. Lynn Rinfret-Tijssen on April 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I have fond memories of John and working with him. He was a kind man and mentor, guiding me (at the time a young woman) to be the best that I could be. He had a quiet yet strong presence at GBH and a great sense of humor. My condolences to his family.

  2. Gerry Mabe on March 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I am truely heartbroken to hear about John’s passing away. Even though I have not seen him since he retired, I miss his wise advice and his calm manner. John was very much a mentor to me,one of many, but one for whom I will always have fond memories of the many times that we were together in Studio B lighting a set.

    I remember sitting on the echo lift smoking cigarettes while John would pull up a chair and sit and quietly contemplate the set. At some point he would be done planning his design and he would stand up and tell me how many lights to load onto the lift and we would go to work and get the job done.

    That was John, contemplative,creative and above all,productive. All this with very little fuss and no attitude. He always did a beautiful job and his results were high quality, always.

    John always did a superior job on anything that he did. He was a generous teacher to me and most of what I know about lighting , I learned from his tutelage. I will always be grateful to John for his kindness to me,for his generosity with his knowledge and for his eternal good humor and common sense.

  3. David Atwood on March 29, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    John was a dear and very competent guy. In the fray of production he could quietly light a show and it would look great. His name is on tons of WGBH shows. I’ve missed him since he went back home and will continue to miss him a lot.

  4. Ned McGonagle on March 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    John’s friendly good nature made him a pleasure to be around. He had a serious attitude toward his work which he was very good at.

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