John Fiske III

April 7, 1964 - January 7, 2016
John Fiske III


John Fiske III, 51, a resident of Charlotte, NC, passed away on January 7, 2016.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on April 7th, 1964 to John Fiske, Jr. and Linda Woronoff Fiske.

John attended The Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, CT, graduating in 1982, and was a proud graduate of Bates College, Class of 1986, in Lewiston, ME. It was at Bates that John met his beloved husband, Daniel Bradford Ludden. They were blessed in a thirty-three year relationship, finally legally marrying in Boston on September 11, 2012.

John spent his career in senior human resource roles for brands such as Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole and Talbots. Most recently, he had been a senior leader within the retail practice at Deloitte Consulting, LLC.

He is survived by his husband, Dan, and their beautiful dog, Benjamin. In addition to his parents, John is also survived by his cherished sister, Amy Brooks Fiske of Boston, MA; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Robert and Terri Ludden of San Francisco, CA; his aunt, Patricia Bagley Daniels of Vero Beach, FL; and an enormous gang of dear Woronoff cousins. On his paternal side, John is survived by his loving cousins, Elizabeth and Wayne Rollins and Hope and Jonathan Weinman, both of greater Boston, MA. In addition to family, John enjoyed a bounty of kind, devoted, and generous friends.

A memorial service will be held in Boston this coming spring. Details regarding the service will be shared with close friends and family registered in his Memory Book.

In lieu of flowers, Dan and John ask that a tribute gift be made to amfAR.org.

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  • January 16, 2016
    Michael Foley says:
    I am holding the memory of John Fiske very closely right now, as well as sending compassion and comfort to Daniel and all of John's close friends/family during this difficult time. Fiske was a rarity: his generosity and kindness was matched with his penchant for the fine and delicious things in life. I shall miss his lovely self. “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.” (Washington Irving)

  • November 19, 2016
    Carolyn Townsend says:
    Dear Dan, you may not remember me from Bates, but I remember you and John so well. You two were the model of what a fun, loving adult relationship could and should be, and I am so very very sorry for your loss.

  • April 16, 2016
    Beth Richardson says:
    Dan, I worked with John at Cole Haan and treasured our professional relationship. He popped into my head this morning for some reason. My breath has been taken away by learning of his death. I am so deeply sad and heartbroken for you.

  • February 23, 2016
    Katie says:
    John was the best mentor I have come across in my career. He was warm, caring and thoughtful; always valuing people over anything else. I miss his smile and his friendship.

  • February 06, 2016
    Scott Sterling says:
    I'm so sorry, Dan.