He loved watching Syracuse Orange and Skaneateles Laker sports teams. He bravely cheered his Cleveland Browns. A hockey fanatic, the Lakers and Montreal Canadiens drew his greatest interest. But he focused attention on the activities and accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. A lifelong learner, he practiced and encouraged inquiry. With his wife Anne he celebrated the academic success of their children and grandchildren. They strongly supported the arts, particularly music and theater in the family and community. They enjoyed travel near and far as adventure and education.
John is survived by his children, Chris (Nancy Thomas) of Skaneateles, Carolyn of Skaneateles, Stephen of Hilton Head Island, SC, Tim (Doug Wingo) of Hudson, NY, Betsey Madden (Bob) of Hamburg NY, and Andy (Julie) of Skaneateles. He is also survived by grandchildren, Courtney of Washington DC, Brendan of Skaneateles, Owen and Matthew Sheppard of Skaneateles, Molly, Mitch, and Tim Madden of Hamburg NY, and Maddie, Ellie, and Jack Legg of Skaneateles.
The family wishes to thank the extraordinary support to John by many, especially the staffs of the Athenaeum, his home for years, Auburn Community Hospital, and Skaneateles Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Services (SAVES). Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary’s of the Lake Church in Skaneateles on Friday, May 27th at 10 a.m. There are no calling hours, but all are invited to a reception in Saint Mary’s of the Lake Church parish hall immediately following the funeral Mass. The family plans a private internment at a later date. Contributions in John’s memory can be made to the Spafford Area Historical Society (SAHS) PO Box 250 Marietta NY 13110.
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