John Paul II was many things to many people. A short biographical paragraph would not serve to properly detail the events of the man's life and times. Do we remember him as the staunch foe of communism or the globetrotting public face of the Church? Such questions are many and are best left to historians and congregations that judge if a man is worthy of sainthood.
In a way, he will be remembered more for the times he lived in and survived than anything else. He survived the Nazis. He survived the communists. He survived a deranged Turk's bullet. Nietzsche wrote that what does not kill us makes us stronger. Though John Paul would not agree that God is dead, he I think would agree that through life's adversity, we grow stronger in faith.