I am shocked and saddened by the news of John Heckathorn’s death today, following a heart attack on Christmas day. For all his blustery persona, he was a kind and generous peer in the food-writing racket. He shared news with and lavishly praised the competition (like me). He made going to food-related press events fun. And, most important, he chronicled the islands’ food scene in an informed, entertaining fashion, enlightening eaters and restaurateurs alike. I’m going to re-read his last three reviews in Honolulu Magazine. Thanks, John.