Friends and family described John Christgau as a brilliant writer with a tremendous sense of humor who established a sense of community wherever he went.

The prominent author, educator and Belmont resident died Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the age of 84 after suffering a heart attack.

“He was amazing and super inspiring,” daughter Jennifer Christgau said. “He had an incredible gift for figuring out what made someone special and he wouldn’t just say that, but made sure for the rest of your life you knew that and were going to fulfill your potential.”

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