John Ott- Quito barowner
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Half Moon Bay, CA

#1 Oct 18, 2008
I heard that a great friend of mine, John Ott, was mugged in Quito and killed. He owned a popular bar in Quito and I wanted to find if anyone on this forum new of him.

I will really miss him....

Quito, Ecuador

#2 Oct 19, 2008
Hey, Pete. My name is Len Kinzel, a transplanted Canadian living here in Ecuador. My wife is from the LA area and her brother and his family actually lived in Sat Mateo while he worked in Hayward. I am afraid you heard right -- and this is likely a pretty harsh, cold, impersonal way to get any kind of details. John was killed on Thursday afternoon. Official details are sketchy but it seems pretty clear that some "wrong" people saw him in a bank where he and a guy with another restaurant (his spot is about half-a-block from John's "Bungalow 6" -- see ) had withdrawn a pretty hefty sum of cash to make a payment on an awesome fitness center that they were about to open in the same area. This whole thing has rocked the whole tourist district; the owners, managers, their workers and "regulars" make a pretty tight community. Bungalow 6 had become quite a hub and John was very well known and had the hearts of a lot of people. We had actually gone down to the area Friday night to celebrate a friend's birthday, which is when we got the word. It was beyond surreal to walk past Bungalow 6 and see it closed with a huge pile of flowers and candles at the main entrance. It is a hard core reminder that we're livin' between Eden and Heaven. Feel free to hit me with any follow up questions or thoughts: [email protected]

Manassas, VA

#3 Oct 19, 2008
I too knew John. I lived in Quito for about four months and got to know John really well. He will truely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Cambridge, MA

#4 Oct 20, 2008
My husband is a very good friend of John. I don't have any more information to share at this time; Len shared about as much detail as we know.

He was so happy in Ecuador and was building such a wonderful life there. He leaves a wife and young daughter. John LIVED his life. I am happy he traveled the world and experienced so much at a young age - husband, fatherhood, success. Len said it well when he said John had the hearts of a lot of people.

I understand there was a celebration of his life at Bungalow 6 on Sunday. We are saddened beyond words ....
Alexander Shaw

London, UK

#5 Oct 20, 2008
Very sad. The local Newspaper might yield some more information.
Stephen Abbett

Phoenix, AZ

#6 Oct 20, 2008
I last saw John in Boston in 2004 for the Red Sox run for the world series. I am very proud that my wife was able to meet him. I grew up with John and we did much traveling to football games. John was a HUGE Michigan fan and I still gave him crap about the Colorado game and the miracle catch, since we were there and saw it in person.
John Ott will be sadly missed but lets all remember John for the life of the party that he was and a good friend.

Fitchburg, MA

#7 Oct 23, 2008
My brother was John Ott's best friend since high school and he has been involved in our lives for many years. He was such a wonderful person, I miss him so much already. I read this yesterday and know that this is what John was all about. "Live a Good Life. In the end, it's not the years in the life, but the life in the years" --Abraham Lincoln. John was loved by everyone as was apparent when the farmers in Ecuador donated 15,000 roses in his memory. I loved him.
kevin mpls mn

Lakeville, MN

#8 Oct 23, 2008
I said good by to john at 5pm monday three days before his murder as i went back to mpls after 5 weeks in quito . over the last yr i spent around a 100 days in quito which was the best yr of 7 i have own a condo in quito because of meeting john ott and a group of 8 of his buddies john was a very solid true caring guy one of those people one does not meet often . john will be missed by so many people . john had a very nice wife and a darling 1 yr old daughter .

Ann Arbor, MI

#9 Oct 29, 2008
I met john Super Bowl Sunday 2007. That night he changed my life when he introduced me to an aspiring restaurant owner & a great chef. I decided not to return to the US and stay and cook in this new Vietnamese restaurant in Quito, Ecuador. I saw John every day- as we passed along Calama, when he would come in for lunch or at get together. John was always a friendly face and my favorite neighbor. He and his wife and daughter are spectacular people- the kind of people that everyone would be so lucky to have in their life. I am devastated to hear this news. If anyone knows how to get in touch with his family please let me know. We will miss you John.

Stamford, CT

#10 Oct 29, 2008
John Desmond Ott
JOHN DESMOND OTT son of M. Gerald and Virginia A.(Desmond) Ott died unexpectedly on October 16, 2008 in Quito, Ecuador. He succumbed to gunshot wounds inflicted by robbers in mid-afternoon. He had owned a business in Quito since 2005. He was born in Midland, Michigan on January, 2, 1969. He graduated from Greenwich High School in 1987 and from New York University in 1995. Besides his parents, he is survived by his beloved wife of two years, Andrea Castillo de Ott, a daughter Joana, who turned one year old on October 22, sisters Julie Farris and Jana Ott, brother James Ott, brother-in-law John Farris, nephews Joseph and Jacob Farris, nieces Hayley Ganslaw and Anna Farris, and many, many friends throughout the world. A celebration of his life was held in Quito on October 19 and another will be held in New York in late November. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the John Ott Memorial Fund for the Benefit of Joana Ott, PO Box 19, Waterford, Connecticut 06385.
As printed in The Greenwich Time, Greenwich, CT. 10-29-08

I met John shortly after he moved to Greenwich back in 1986. This tragic news has left me saddened beyond words. He was a wonderful person and one of the best friends I've had in life. Like all who knew him, I will miss him very much.

Audrey IL

United States

#11 Oct 30, 2008
I am so saddened by this horrible news. John seemed to figure out how to live life to the fullest. The earth is darker place without him here.

Brooklyn, NY

#12 Nov 2, 2008
I was about to send a post and am reading all the posts on his facebook and here. Became a great friend after living across the hall back in NYU. Am speechless. A great person! His desire was always to be in South America and was so happy that he found his way and found someone to be with.

John you will be missed.

Hail, Hail to Michigan

Montpellier, France

#13 Nov 2, 2008
I can't believe he's gone. He was my inspiration, and one of the main reasons why I live my life the way I do today. I am in shock.

Decatur, GA

#15 Nov 2, 2008
Stunned and shocked hardly describe how I feel after hearing of John's untimely passing. It's unreal. John was a great friend in college and as sad as I am now I also feel blessed to have had my path cross with his. John was ... is a true free spirit and dreamer.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his beautiful wife and child, to his family in the states as well as to all of those who were lucky enough to meet and get to know John.
Kevin formerly Greenwich

Memphis, TN

#16 Nov 4, 2008
Wow! Few things shock me in life anymore, but this one hits home. Words on a blog do not do justice to the life filled with so much adventure. I remember, when he first started travelling to south america, asking him "why". He told me he was just not cut out for the "cookie cutter lifestyle". He despised the corporate "me too" mentality. Always the funny man in a crowd, he had a way of making others feel at ease with themselves. Adventurous, philosophical, kind, hilarious...these all characterize John. BIG UPS! to a great guy.

May the perpetrator receive his 10 times worse in the end.
Sean Carter

Quito, Ecuador

#17 Nov 6, 2008
John was my business partner in bungalow and best friend i´ve ever have had..... i´ve had cancer and made it threw that, but this has been much harder....i wish it was a bad dream and i would wake up and be at the bar with john.... i´m going to miss john so much.... john´s daughter is only 1 right now, but i want to make sure she is taken care of. im going to help but at bungalow we are going to have charity parties for her. i always joked with john and said she is going to go to fla(gator) college, which i would love. but michigan is ok too. if anyone has any ideas on forming a fund for her let me know and lets do that....... Sean

Memphis, TN

#18 Nov 6, 2008
His Obituary mentions a memorial fund set up for his daughter, with a mailing address:
John Ott Memorial Fund
PO Box 19
Waterford, CT (USA) 06385

Cambridge, MA

#19 Nov 6, 2008
Lee Harris

Saint Petersburg, FL

#20 Nov 10, 2008
I have been thinking about John these past few days. That guy was just always smiling. He never would succumb to the clicks so prevalent in high school, he knew everybody. I graduated Class of 1987 w/ John. Prayers to his family.
Dustin Corbat

United States

#21 Nov 14, 2008
I am deeply saddened to hear the news of John's passing. John and I grew up together in Midland, and I still recall many of the great (and crazy) times we shared together. He truly was a free spirit, and I will miss him deeply. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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