Gearhouse, this week, announced the passing of John Shaughnessy after a long illness. In a statement, the company stated that Shaughnessy was an industry icon and lauded his 40 year. Over the years he worked for Sun City, Prosound, 8th Avenue Sound and Gearhouse, as well as having an extremely fruitful freelance career.

Notable highlights of his career were working with the likes of Radio Rats, Des and Dawn Lindberg, Letta Mbulu and Caiphus Semenya, Ella Mental, Tribe after Tribe, Bright Blue, e-Void, Petit Cheval, Hotline, Johnny Clegg and Mango Groove and on theatre musicals like Buddy Holly and the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Shaugnessy was also known for his willingness to share his vast knowledge and skills with many of the younger generations of technicians with patience and understanding. He will be remembered for his dry sense of humour, great listening skills and detail-oriented approach to his work as well as his fanatical interest in cars (he drove to SA from London in the 70s).

“We, at Gearhouse, extend our sympathy to his family, Andi Shaughnessy, daughter Caitlyn and son Patrick over this difficult time as well as all his friends and colleagues – we each had our own special relationship with John,’ said Robyn D’Alessandro the National Marketing Manager at Gearhouse.

His funeral will be held on Thursday 21 June at 11:00 Doves found on 10 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein in Johannesburg.