California Destination Imagination lost a good friend.

John  brought the magic that is DI to both DI team youth and DI volunteers, from theJohnCHeadshot newest team member to the most experienced volunteers. He was a Team Manager for six years and took his team to Global Finals three of those years. He also coordinated all the DI teams for Cupertino School District. He shared his love of DI by training many Team Managers in the Silicon Valley Region. For the last nine years, he was the Region Director for Silicon Valley and for the last 6 years has served on the California Creativity Association Board of Directors. For two years he was the State Tournament Director.

Just listing his positions with Destination Imagination and the various ways he served the organization falls far short of a true appreciation of what he meant to us. It was who John was! — his wisdom, his enthusiasm, his understanding of the magic that happens between a Team Manager an a team, his skill as a mentor, his ability to teach, and the positive effect he had on all who had the privilege to work with him.

John, you will truly be missed but you will continue to be remembered and you influence will continue…….

John is survived by his wife Annette and his two daughters Christine and Sara

I have attached a picture of John taken at the Silicon Valley Regional Tournament April 5th this year. Jonathan Oh’s team, the SFBKCE , had just thanked John for all the encouragement he had given the teams. They asked to have their picture taken with John. They are Global bound.


–  Dick Pinney, CALDI Exective  Director

A Memorial Fund in Memory of John Cardosi has been established.