Our hearts are heavy and still raw with sadness to learn of the passing of our dear friend John Lermayer. John was a mentor and friend to so many influencing the industry from his days in NYC to becoming an icon in the Miami cocktail community. Sweet Liberty has always been a thirsty favorite and our home away from home in South Beach. John, we will miss you so very much and promise to pursue happiness in your honor.
Sweet Liberty Statement for John Lermayer
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Sweet Liberty’s founding Father, John Lermayer. John was the force and spirit behind Sweet Liberty and one of the most selfless and charitable people we knew. A dedicated father, award-winning bartender, mentor, friend and die-hard New York Rangers fan, John was best known for his animated personality, enticing cocktails, his love for people, travel and his son, Radek. It was John’s tireless work ethic and spirited personality that helped him create Sweet Liberty, a space that his neighbors and friends from all over the world could call home and a place to pursue happiness.
John passed on Wednesday peacefully in his sleep. We ask that you kindly respect the family’s privacy during this time and we will announce a celebration of life in honor of John in the next few days.
We have set up a GoFundMe.com page HERE for his son’s college education that we ask people to contribute to.
From our entire Sweet Liberty Family, we love you John and will miss you always! #pursuehappiness”
We lost one of the very best 💔 John Lermayer meant to much to so many of us. Your memory and legacy will never be forgotten. If you ever had a chance to meet John, visit his bar Sweet Liberty or the city of Miami, where he pioneered the cocktail scene, please let his memory remind us to always Pursue Happiness. Rest in Peace dear friend and thank you for touching our lives. @john_at_the_bar #PursueHappiness