As I sat here this
morning contemplating what I was going to say, the song
came on the radio. Perhaps
that is of very
little consequence to anyone reading this, but to me it
profound message. ‘When you
wake up it’s a
new morning, the sun is shining it’s a new morning…’ The
written by Gerry Rafferty, a musician who wrote and
performed said song. This
piece of music somehow carries a
timelessness to it that even after so many years have
passed, I can
still remember it. The fact
went Home last week, somehow magnifies the emotions that I
feel at this
precise moment, thus making the message of the song even
Like most fans, I
never knew John Dye personally, I had only seen him
portray Andrew on
‘Touched by an Angel’ and admired him for giving Andrew so
gentility, compassion, understanding, and depth. I
knew that he had done other acting jobs, played in movies
and such, but
somehow Andrew was the character that I will always
remember him for. He was,
after all, the character that made me
a fan of the show.
Over the years, I
have been a fan of many actors and musicians, and while I
one interest or fascination to another, there were some
which remained. One of them
was my love
for the message that ‘Touched by an Angel’ carried;
acceptance of those
who are different, unconditional love, and several
that expanded beyond what one’s faith happened to be.
This message lifted me spiritually, enhanced my
faith, and made
me think of things that perhaps I had never considered
before. John’s portrayal of
Andrew was such an
intricate part of that.
It often made me
smile when I stopped to consider how trying it must have
been for a
mortal man to play the role of an angel from God. At
the same instance, it was heart warming how much
compassion John showed
to others when he was himself and not playing said role. Through
it all, he was able to share an idea that was a rather
alien one – An
Angel of Death is a loving presence who comes to us to
For all of us, John
Dye’s passing brings sadness, but maybe God was ready to
human angel come Home. Although,
question why he must leave us; perhaps the real reason is
so that John
can now watch over us all, and be an even greater presence
in our lives
than ever before. That is the
that I feel in all this. ‘Until
again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand…’
Blessings to you
Since I've heard the
yesterday evening, I couldn't stop crying. Right now,
I'm feeling a
huge emptiness inside my chest. I know, I'm sounding
silly. And part of
me is still denying John Dye has gone...
He was a very great actor. Otherwise, how could we love
Andrew and hate
One of the reasons I've woken up everyday was the hope
to see Mr. Dye
in a movie again. It's so painful and heartbreaking to
I'll let this hope go...
But, I have to be strong. Mr. Dye's portraying of Andrew
inspiring. Andrew is a kind of role model to me. So, I
like to think
that when I am compassionate, comprehensive, kind and
honouring John Dye. And I really believe that I'm
keeping his memory
alive inside my heart.
I can't say how sad I am about
John's death, it is
so hard to realize that he has passed away. It
was his character on
Touched that kept me to that show and changed my
live. When I started
to watch that show I didn't believe in God and I
was afraid of death.
Each time when someone passed I could feel some
kind of invisible
presence in the room and I never had an idea
what it was. But it scared
me. And then one day I watched TBAA and saw
Andrew how he talked to the
dying person and how the family sometimes could
feel his presence. It
was an explanation to me which changed my life
like nothing else. I
lost my fear of death and I can better deal with
the death of others.
He made death to something special. Later in
life when I got
major problems it was the believe in God (which
I found through John),
that made me go on and find my way.
I don't know if he ever was aware of how
intense he has
touched some peoples with his soul but I'm sure
he does it now. And I
believe that he wasn't alone when he died, I'm
sure there was such an
angel for him too.
R.I.P. John, you did a wonderful job on
Mr. Dye was being played on my home television
for as long as I can
remember. I was very small when TBAA premiered,
but it seemed to me
that every adult watched it. I likely only saw a
few episodes at the
time - as a kid, I did not yet possess the
attention span for hour long
programs. But I knew who Andrew (played by Mr.
Dye) was, though I only
knew him as 'the blonde man'.
several years ago,
I began to watch reruns of TBAA with my sister.
We would have ten hour
marathons, running all night. Andrew was my
favorite character. The
idea of someone being with you as you die,
holding your hand and
comforting you, was something I had never
considered before. The
messages he spoke of God and love were ones I
very much appreciated as
I struggled through hard times.
reminded of him daily.
It is the littlest things. Every time I hear
about the Vietnam war (Tour of Duty). Every time I
yellow converses or swimsuit calendars/posters,
I think of him (Campus Man). Anytime one
mentions Santa's children or uses the term 'au
pair' (not often used in
the US), I think of Mr. Dye's portrayal in Once and
Twice Upon a Christmas.
talent he possessed was
incredible. Any man that could play the diverse
range of roles he did
is truly a gifted one. I am also led to believe
he was also a very kind
and loving man, as evidenced by his support of
He had a
that could light up the screen. A smile I will
Dye, you really
are an angel. Welcome Home.
I was so sad to hear
Mr. Dye had passed. I have been living with
HIV/AIDS for 5 years and
applaud his work with HIV charities. I am
also a huge fan of Touched By
An Angel and always watch the reruns. He
always gave me a sense of
peace when watching him in that series.
After a program I felt as if
God loves me to even though I am living with
an illness that has a big
stigma with it to this day. I am doing my
best to be an activist for
people living with HIV/AIDS and speak freely
to anyone who has found
out they are positive in hopes of giving
them comfort and letting them
know they are not alone.
Mr. Dye you will be
missed greatly and I will keep your family
in my prayers. I will also
promise that I will continue to try to find
resources that will allow
me to become a better voice for HIV/AIDS
individuals and educate others
Should any fans of Mr.
Dye's have information that will allow me to
be more involved and share
my story of living with HIV/AIDS please feel
free to contact me. I
would like to pick up the torch and carry on
with Mr. Dye's work in
some form or fashion.
Rest in peace Mr. Dye
and God Bless you and you family, friends
and many fans.
I want to send my
thoughts and prayers to John Dye's Family
I enjoyed watching him in
"Touched by a Angel". I also have
the last name Dye always
wondered if we was related somewhere down
the line, but at some point
and time we all are related in the hands
of God. May Peace be
with the Family.
was so saddened to read of John Dye's
passing. There were so many
times that his words that were spoken on
Touched By an Angel, were
often repeated in our home. He was
truly a gift from God, his
abilities as a performer were a true
blessing. I have two of my
favorite episodes of the show saved on my
DVR, maybe he had something
to do with this (I may never know).
They are Psalm 151 and The
Pact, which to me, are two of the most
touching episodes that he
did. I only know now, that although
we have lost a wonderful
actor, role model, and human being.
Our loss is truly Heavens
gain. RIP John Dye~~You will
truly be missed.
Mary from Illinois
To my beloved John Dye,
It was you, who made a difference
in our lives. If it weren't
for you, we would have never met the
wonderful friends on JABB and have
been friends for over a decade.You have
touched all our lives in many
ways. Thank you and I will miss you. May
you be happy with Jesus.
I was saddened to
hear about John's loss.
I was in
shock. I got the news
from my TOUR OF DUTY
friends. I put
on the site only to find his
picture with two dates under
1963-2011. It reminded
me of how I felt when I saw my
tombstone a few months
ago. She died in October
and it didn't
REALLY hit home until I saw
the dates on the stone. She
too died from a
heart attack. She went
in her sleep. But in her
had dementia and it was a
blessing. In John's case
it was too
He meant a lot to
me. It's because of him
over 40 screen plays on the
web. Most are DOC HOCK
from TOUR but
a few were from TOUCHED.
Later I created a character,
WALKER. It's a
compliation of all the
characters he played. They
were all John to me.
I never met
him. I wish I had.
He seemed to
be a good person. The Heart
and Cancer never
forgives. They take
who they want. We have
to accept death as a part of
remember when John Lennon
died. I played IN MY
LIFE over and
over. I'm reminded of
the last verse.
"But of all these and
lovers there is no one
And these memories
loose their meanings when I
love of something new
Though I know I'll
never lose affection for
things that went before
I know I'll often
stop and think about them.
In my life, I love
I love you
John. You were a deep
part of my
life. I hope you went
home with your ANDREW.
just learned of John's
death and i have to say that I am still in
shock of this. It will be
hard to watch shows and movies with him in
them and realize that we
will never see him on television again.
Especially the Touched by an
Angel episodes that made us love him so
dearly. John Dye was truly an
angel sent from above. He blessed us with his
amazing soul and good
heart. Even though he was an actor, he always
had a way of knowing the
words that helped us get through alot of
things. So in his memory, I
have found a song by Nsync "God must have
spent a little more time on
you" I feel it described John just perfectly.
Hope this helps all of
you cope and feel some peace!
love is like a river
and deep (and deep)
soul is like a secret
I never could keep
I look into your eyes
know that it's true
must have spent...
little more time
you were loved on
earth and you were our Angel sent from above.
Now the good lord has
called you to play an eternal role that we
know you will perfectly fit.
We were saddened by your death but know that
you will be our angel
looking down on us. Thank you for being a role
model to all. We love
you and hope that you rest in peace!