John Walker spent much of his life finding ways to empower janitors and enhance the way custodial operations are organized, managed and executed. When you talked to John, his energy and enthusiasm for improving the industry was contagious.
Last Sunday, John passed away after an extended illness. In passing, the cleaning industry lost a legend and janitors lost one of their biggest champions. Wherever John went, he’d stop to thank the janitors he met. This was true right up until the end — in a short hospital stay, he knew the names of every person who came in to clean his room and made sure they knew how much he appreciated their service.
John touched the lives of so many people both in the industry and beyond; the outpouring of support we’ve received since his death has been overwhelming. We want thank everyone who has reached out with a story about John or a kind sentiment about how he impacted them.
We’re in the process of making arrangements to give proper tribute to this incredible man, but we wanted to say thank you.
Thank you, John Walker, for your tireless work and inspiration. Thank you for making the world —and our industry— a better place.
Thank you, dear friends and colleagues, whose support means so much to us.
With John’s wind at our sails, ManageMen will forge into a new chapter. But until we can continue on this journey, we thank you for your patience and continued support.
Renae, Ben and Lisa