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John Walter Maxwell II

February 13, 2012
Lake Placid News

WILMINGTON - John Walter Maxwell II passed away at the age of 92. He was a resident of Wilmington, living on Quaker Mountain for over 60 years.

John was born Oct. 24, 1919, to Anna Clum and John Walter Maxwell I in Schenectady. He studied at the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1942 and a Master of Science degree in 1943. While at Syracuse, he was a member of the ski team and was the football team mascot, Bill Orange, walking on six- foot stilts.

John had a long professional career of innovation and working with wood resins used to manufacture plywood, particleboard and skis. He was the senior wood technologist for Borden Chemical and then Borden International. John had the opportunity to travel the world with his wife while working in a field he was passionate about. He was an early member of the Forest Product Research Society and coordinated multiple symposiums to further scientific knowledge in his field.

John was married to Ann Sidney Morehouse Leitch on May 8, 1943, in Lake Placid. He had a long life full of family skiing, including the early years at Marble Mountain, Paleface and Whiteface. John was an avid skier continuing into his 80s, without slowing down. He was a member of the Hurricane Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. In retirement, John put his knowledge of chemistry to good use by becoming an accomplished maker of wine, famous for his champagne cider.

In addition to Sidney, his wife of 68 years, he is survived by his children: Thomas Maxwell; John W. Maxwell III and his wife, Linda; Sally Maxwell Hess; and Peggy Maxwell-Duran; grandchildren: Tim Maxwell; Scott Maxwell; William Maxwell; Bradley Hess and his wife, Heather; Matthew Hess; Desiray Duran; R.J. Duran; Rico Duran; Jereme Duran; and great-grandchildren: Sidney and Ryan Hess. He also has many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at St. Eustace Episcopal Church in Lake Placid Saturday, Feb. 4. Burial and a celebration of John's life will be in the spring.

The M.B. Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid was in charge of arrangements.



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