Saw his family had posted this in tractor talk, thought I would add here also:
Hello to all on the forum,
I regret to inform you that my dad, John Close, AKA the Carvel Farmer, passed away on December 31, 2018. He enjoyed his conversations with the folks on this forum. There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Jan 5th at the Onoway Community Hall at 1 pm, should anyone like to attend. Thank you for being his friend and sharing your knowledge with him. All the best to you and yours.