John Edward Hudson: He Received ‘the Purple Heart and Further Decorations for Marksmanship and Bravery’
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In 1954, the family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio. John took advantage of this change to explore his new surroundings in the “North” and begin his transformation into the person he wanted to be.
In 1960, John attended John Adams High School. He was often criticized for his style of dressing (sear sucker trousers, stiffly starched shirts, and high-heel boots) but John was never phased; he was on a mission. His younger siblings appreciated his flare and often asked their big brother for help tying their neckties and guidance on how to dress for dates or special occasions. He truly was a big brother and a personal stylist!
In 1965, John served in the Vietnam War, assigned to the First Air Cavalry Division, where his primary duty entailed rendering medical aid to his fallen comrades and providing continuity of care during air transportation to more stable locations. John was wounded during his tour of duty, receiving The Purple Heart and further decorations for marksmanship and bravery.
In 1966, John moved to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. There he continued his service as an evening supervisor for the Intravenous Therapy Department at Temple University Hospital. He never wavered in his professionalism or altruism at the hospital.
Relocating to San Francisco in the early 1970s, John worked as a short-order cook at various restaurants around the city, entering the San Francisco Culinary Academy in the early 1980s. Introduced to cooking as a child by his mother, Johnnie Mae, he became a well-respected chef, opening and managing a restaurant for Boz Scaggs in San Francisco. Throughout his entire lifetime, cooking was a passion and a way of celebrating and inviting others into his life.
Let’s engage in an exercise: Everyone close your eyes and imagine yourself at a potluck. Look on the desert table and imagine a lemon tart, a pound cake and a beautifully designed cheesecake. Now take a slice and savor the flavors. Ummmmm, so good!!! Exercise complete. The only way to relive those special moments is via imagination.
In 2000, John moved to Eureka California, where he soon became a beacon of service, founding The Farmers’ Market AIDS Food Project and volunteering with the ‘Buddy Program’. Following a calling to a life of joyful service, John became a founding member of The Abbey of the Big Red Wood, the Eureka chapter of the worldwide order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, taking the name Sister Saturnalia. He became the supporting sister (mother) to a generation of nuns, including Sr. Nova Aggra, founder of the Crossroads Sisters in Indiana and currently Mistress of Novices in San Francisco. As a sister, Saturnalia wove his love of hospitality, his joy in service and his abiding faith in others into his work. Sister Saturnalia was a larger-than-life figure who was a dear friend, leader, mentor, confidant and beautiful person.
John departed this life on August 15, 2018, with his sister Sandra and brother Aaron Jeffrey at his side. He leaves to cherish his memory two sisters, Sandra A. Hudson and Jeanette Spencer, and two brothers, Taalib llaahee and Aaron Jeffery Hudson, and a host of extended family members, friends and sisters.
The family of the late John Hudson wishes to express their profound appreciation and gratitude to everyone for their love and support during our hours of sadness. Please know that everyone has been a source and strength. A special thanks to The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for being at John’s side in a multitude of way. God bless, always.
There will a Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 23rd at the Bayside Community Hall (Bayside Grange). This event is a potluck and will start at noon. All who knew and loved John are welcome.