John Berquist, one of the original Nodding Wild Onions, died May 12, 2016, after a year of living with pancreatic cancer and its treatments. John played mandolin and accordion at the group's first gig at the 2008 Green Expo at the Rochester Civic Center, and rejoined the band during the last year. He had an astounding talent for playing music, singing exuberantly, and conveying his enthusiasm for music and life to fellow musicians and audiences. We all learned a lot from John, whose boundless gusto persisted even as his energy waned. We will miss him.