33 thoughts on “WETA host and fundraiser John Begeny dies at 54

  1. How sad – – John was truly one of the not merely good – but truly great guys. His light and spirit and energy was a blessing to us all. I’ll miss him – his laughter, his ease and his love for what we all do as fundraisers in the system. He always made me laugh – always. Farewell my friend – your light will always shine!

  2. Wow….sad news,just watched the WETA show “If You Lived Here ” minutes ago & saw the note on his passing!! I really enjoyed this show & I guess it’s too soon to know if it will continue in his absence.He seemed like a nice & personable guy & I know he’ll be missed…rip….!!

  3. I know of John from his wonderful program with his friend and colleague, Christine, ‘If You Lived Here’. Their interaction, friendship and upbeat spirit always lifted my own spirits and left me with a smile on my face. I can see how he was a great friend to people who knew him because I would have wanted him as a friend myself.

  4. Wow. He was only my daughter’s age. And watching If You Lived Here, you had no idea he was ill. What a talent! He is already missed. Condolences to all who loved him. Hope his dog is with other relatives. Dogs mourn too.

  5. I was shocked about seeing the photo of John at the end of tonight’s program and that he died. I hope you continua this program because it is a lot of fun and I learned a lo about the DC area history. He will be missed and May he rest in peace.

  6. Oh no, I am so sad. Like the writer before me, I just witnessed the last line of “If you Lived Here”, in which I learned about his death. I absolutely love(d) the repartee he had with Tina. So authentic and clever but very real. I will miss him so much. Thank you for the light brought to us all, John.

  7. It was such a shock to hear of John’s death. I loved the program he co-hosted with Tina “If you lived here.” The program was very educational. To his family and friends you have my deepest of sympathy.

  8. I was shocked when I learned of John’s passing. John will be missed and mourned by his family, Chris, his colleagues, fans and the many people whose lives he touched. RIP John.

  9. I too loved the show If You Lived Here and John’s light and spirit he brought to the show. May God bless you John, your family and many friends. We will miss you!

  10. So sad to hear of John’s passing. He gave so many fun shows with Christine and he will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family, Christine and PBS family.

  11. Oh, my. What a shock tonight to see the memorial line about John’s passing on If you lived here. His enthusiasm and kind of lightness of life was so refreshing. May he rest in peace.

  12. So sorry to hear this evening of John’s passing. I have enjoyed watching him with Tina on If You Lived Here very much. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. May he rest in peace.

  13. It’s been a few weeks since I learned of John’s passing. I can’t stop thinking of how he will be sorely missed. I had come to look forward to seeing him and Christine on episodes of the show. Mi kind of hope the show will continue but on the other hand, it won’t be the same without him. May he rest in peace. 🙏🏾

  14. Oh my, I just found this out!, I love the show so much!, John was so sweet and funny, what’s Christina going to do without him,? Will ” If you lived here ” continue? It won’t be the same, but John would want the show to continue. Bless John’s family, and may John rest 🙏 in peace, thank you John for all of the joy and humor that you gave us. You will be missed.

  15. I had no idea John had passed until after watching the Rosslyn episode on 11/13/23. I’m so sorry and will miss his wonderful presence, and take on life. His friend , and partner in laughs Christine, I’m sorry you lost your buddy. May he rest with the angels.

  16. We just watched the Rosalyn episode and we’re saddened and shocked to learn of John’s passing. We have always remarked on his affable and warm countenance. He just seemed like a guy we would to hang out with and laugh!. He was a treasure and we are so very sorry and send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

  17. I just saw the news of John’s passing on his show. He was such a great person, and he’ll be missed. Condolences to all who were blessed by his presence. Rest in peace my brother.🙏

  18. Just started to watch new episode tonight and was so shocked to hear of John’s death he seemed like a cool person to know. Will miss seeing him! RIP

  19. I just found out about John’s passing before watching last night’s new episode of If You Lived Here. I have always enjoyed the show and the interaction between John and Christine. This is so sad. He will be missed .

  20. Like others, I was shocked and saddened to see news of John’s passing when tuning in Rosslyn episode of If You Lived Here. He will be sorely missed and my sincere condolences go out to his friends and family.

  21. I was very upset to hear of John’s passing, at the end of the Rosslyn broadcast, If You Lived Here. John’s pleasant, kind, optimism, & interaction with Christina was a welcome breath of fresh air. My condolences to his family, friends, coworkers, & Christina. I know he’ll be missed by all!
    James W.

  22. I just found out about his passing by watching episode of If You Lived Here tribute at end of show. I’m saddened and stunned. He was a joy to watch and the real friendship that he and Christine had came through. They made you feel like you knew them for years .

    • John exuded all that is good about human beings. He was warm, friendly, witty and smart. Above all, he cared about others.
      I will miss seeing him on Monday evenings but am so grateful to have known him through the show with his dear friend, Tina.
      God bless your memory, John.

  23. oh my! I am stunned and shocked!
    another bright light gone out.
    RIP dear sweet man.
    Condolences to his lifetime friend Tina and his bereaved family.
    All so lucky to have had him in their orbit.

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