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Jhon W. Marshall

Jhon William Marshall, 76, passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The son of the late Clifford and Maria Marshall, he is survived by family members Kathryn, Bill, Michael, Lori, Larry, Emily, Seth, Grace, Ava, Ben, and Michelle. Marshall produced and directed more than one hundred plays in his years as an educator and community theatre aficionado. As an actor he performed at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Showboat Majestic, and several community theatre stages. Upon his retirement from teaching, May 24, 1996 was declared "Jhon Marshall Day" in Cincinnati. Following retirement he continued to make an impact by working at the home office of the Educational Theatre Association. A member of both the Ohio and National EDTA Hall of Fame, Marshall always wanted his students to "develop a sense of ensemble, stressing that every student involved with the production in any capacity shared an equal responsibility for its ultimate success." Burial will be private. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to: Cincinnati Music Theatre, 1317 Mimosa Lane, Cincinnati OH 45238.

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I began my teaching career at New Richmond High School teaching next door to Jhon. Oh my! Jhon was a constant source of fun, wit, and just general delight. I was always amazed that I had any students taking my French classes when they could be next door in Mr. Marshall's Spanish classes, whopping it up with an experienced teacher and master entertainer. I will never forget John doing the splits at pep rallies. I mean, who can top that? The plays that Jhon directed were just amazing. Somehow he found the hidden talents in students and made them into stars. What a gift he had! There used to be a column in Readers Digest called "My Most Unforgettable Character", in which the author described someone who was truly memorable and had a positive impact on those around him. If I were to write about my most memorable character, it would definitely be Jhon. I am sure Jhon is currently entertaining the angels. Vicki Zoller

Vicki Zoller Mar 22 2021 5:31 PM

My tribute to El Jefe.

Rick Harper Mar 18 2021 9:45 AM

Remembering 6 amazing years working with Jhon as part of the Thespians at Princeton HS makes me smile inside and out. Even though I was an adult, he became a teacher and mentor to me. We were a team working with some of the most talented students I ever met. He believed that, if you wanted to be part of theater, you needed to learn all aspects behind and in front of the curtain! We adults were there to teach and facilitate - the students were there to do! And they always came through for El Jefe. So many amazing shows under his direction. So much fun and laughter despite the hard work. We learned stuff and made him proud, but mostly we were so proud of Jhon! We even were able to see him perform and how he could sing! Example set! When my son ( who was part of the largest Freshman group to join the troupe) and I attend a show whether professional, community or school produced, we see every aspect of the production. Taking shows to the International Theater Festival gave the students a chance to shine in a much larger theater arena, and we got to see others perform. Those memories will be with me forever! Thank you, Jhon! Bless your heart!

Debi “Ma Hess” Mar 13 2021 10:37 AM

Oh, Jhon, how we will miss your hearty laughter and your welcoming smile. You were often the first to greet us when we got off the bus after a long ride to festival. You made a huge difference in the lives of so many. Dance and sing! RIP:purple_heart: Lana Hagan, fellow Thespian

Lana Hagan Mar 11 2021 4:29 PM

Jhon was a delight to work with onstage as well as offstage! May he be enjoying life eternal and getting one more laugh in as it took me three times to let predictive text let me spell his name correctly :joy:. Thanks for the memories Jhon!

marty cunningham Mar 11 2021 11:29 AM

Jhon and I were very close friends in high school, for a while "boyfriend and girlfriend". I loved his sense of humor, talent, and kindness. I got to share the stage with him in his first production. Our jr. class play, The Silver Whistle, had us sitting behind the curtain nervously waiting to begin the first act. He had the first line, I the second. He admitted, "Suebee, I feel like I'm going to vomit." I said, I knew how he felt. Suddenly, the curtain opened and off we went. That was the beginning of a wonderful career for my friend, "Johnny", as I knew and loved him.

Sue Heeb Osborn Mar 10 2021 11:27 PM

Jhons love and support made it possible for me to find the courage to become an actor. I will forever be in his debt. God speed Vicki Lewis

Vicki Lewis Mar 10 2021 8:59 PM

As an ITO at the International Thespian Conference in Nebraska, I had such a memorable and meaningful lunch with Jhon. He lit a spark in my heart and inspired me to live loud and trust the script your heart is trying to write . To this day, I think of that meal and his words. Adios Tio!

roberto Mar 10 2021 8:35 PM

Mr. Marshall made learning Spanish fun. I had him for three straight years and that time with him influenced me to pursue Spanish as a major in college. Over the years, Ive realized that he had a huge impact on my worldview. Annie Foley

Annie Foley Mar 10 2021 7:55 PM

I cannot begin to tell the impact you had on my life, from being my Spanish teacher, to being my theater coach/director, to being my friend once I became an adult. You have touched the lives of countless others. I credit you with my profound love for musical theater. Even as a teacher today, I still use some of the witty "Jhonisms" that I once heard as an impressionable kid in your Spanish class. Every time I see an image of an owl, I think fondly of you and smile. You will always remain in my heart as the best teacher I ever had. Much love - vaya con Dios, mi Amigo Querido. Monica (Marino) Davis

Monica Davis Mar 10 2021 5:42 PM

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