Posted by Ray Pfau on Feb 19, 2021
John Wackman, a real force in the Repair Cafe movement, passed away recently from a heart attack. He started a Repair Cafe in 2013 in the New York's Hudson Valley and helped to get Repair Cafes started in more than 30 towns in that  local area.
John also co-authored with Elizabeth Knight-Moss the book The Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway CultureIn addition, he gave talks with and visited with Martina Postma, the founder of Repair Cafes in the Netherlands and of the Repair Cafe International Foundation.  
John was a very good friend and a gentle, positive and caring person. He had a knack for bringing out the best in people, and will be sorely missed. We plan to carry on the tradition and to work hard to spread the word about Repair Cafes once the COVID-19 pandemic is somewhat under control. To learn more on John, click here.
Repair Cafe resources:
  • Some of the Repair Cafe people in the Hudson Valley have set up the Repair Café USA website, which has information about Repair Cafes in the U.S. The first meeting (via Zoom) of Repair Cafe USA organizers nationwide was held on February 20.
  • Don Fick, of Repair Café North Carolina, has set up the Repair Cafe TV  website, which is keeping track of all the virtual repair events during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The Massachusetts Repair event calendar now includes virtual repair events worldwide in addition to repair events in Massachusetts.
For more information, contact Ray Pfau, of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley's Repair Cafe, at
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