It’s with deep sorrow that I report the passing of former star basketball player and community leader John “Boy Wonder” Isaacs. John passed away this morning at the Albert Einstein Hospital in the Bronx, New York. He had suffered a major stroke last week, from which he never arose. He was 93 years old.

John Isaacs

John Isaacs, 1915-2009. Here, standing in front of his beloved
Renaissance Ballroom in Harlem.

John had a long, strong, full life.  He saw a lot of things, and got to experience, on some level, what it was like to have a black President of the United States — a breakthrough that his pioneering efforts helped make possible. John’s was a historic life, and as a person he was a national treasure.

But, as his daughter said to me a few days ago, it was time for us to let go so that he could let go too.

The circle of life continues.

I’m sure that a part of John will continue to live in all of us who remember him well.

John’s uncontainable energy — which seemed eternal even before today — is now free to soar wherever it may.

To help honor John, please feel free to leave a comment, share a memory, retell a story, offer a word of inspiration, or leave a parting thought.

John Isaacs

My last photo with John Isaacs in October 2008, the way I'll remember him.
May he rest in peace.

More information about the Memorial Service for John, and other details, will be available soon.

UPDATE (1/28, 2009):

Wake and Viewing Ceremony
Date: Friday, January 30, 2009
Time: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Granby’s Funeral Home (map)
Phone: 718-519-6047
Street: 4020 White Plains Road (@ 228th Street)
City: Bronx, NY

Funeral Service
Date: Saturday, January 31, 2009
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
Location: Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church (map)
Phone: 212-690-1834
Street: 58 West 135th Street (off Lenox Avenue)
City: New York, NY (Harlem)

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made to the John “Boy Wonder” Isaacs Scholarship Fund in support of education and mentoring for children and young adults:

John “Boy Wonder” Isaacs Scholarship Fund
c/o Karen Isaacs
1011 Sheridan Avenue
No. B16
Bronx, New York 10456

Thank you for your generous contribution.