Originally Posted by J.D. Dolan
Just got word that Johnny Ervolino passed away this morning--a heart attack.
Man that's a shame
Although Johnny was not at either Gulfport or Derby City this year, he was at Derby City last year and seemed to be in real good health (especially for a heavy smoker) for his age. He showed alot of stamina in the DCC 'practice room', where he seemed to be constantly in action or looking for action.
I remember seeing he and Cliff Joyner at Strawberry's One Pocket tournament back around 1992, when Cliff was considered more of a 9-Ball young gun than a One Pocket specialist. Johnny and Cliff went at it for hours -- or days, it seemed -- on the 'practice table' there. That session clearly had the look of Cliff paying about a c-note a game for 'lessons', as Johnny showed off his superior accumulated One Pocket knowledge to advantage over Cliff.
Of course, Cliff turned out to be a good student.
I'm real sorry I didn't get to interview Johnny, of course, but that's no comparison to the sorry so many must feel at the loss of a great player, teacher, entertainer, and great friend.
I wish I had known him better, and I sure hope that those who did can contribute a bit more about him. Anyone who has photos that they could email me, I could put them up in a little 'memorial' page.
Rest in peace, Johnny.
On second thought, instead of 'resting', he's probably already in action with all his previously deceased friends...