John F. Christgau was an author, poet, journalist and educator who had nearly a dozen books published in his 84 years — all of which were written in his beloved Belmont home. He was passionate about his writing, his subjects and his community. As an educator he installed a lifelong passion for literature and storytelling in his students. He loved people and found great pleasure in finding out what made someone unique. He asked a lot of questions and listened skillfully. In doing so he made people feel like their value and purpose was tantamount.
In lieu of flowers or food, we have started this fund in his honor to be donated to the Belmont Library where we hope to create a memorial that will serve to inspire people everywhere to read, write, create and fulfill their potential, and serve as a reminder of his will, which was expansive and contagious.