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John J. Adducchio

Home: Painted Post, NY
Date of Death: April 2, 2018
Age: 92
Birthplace: Monongah, West Virginia
Birthdate: October 11, 1925

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John J. Adducchio

John J. Adducchio, age 92, a long-time resident of Painted Post, passed quietly in his sleep in the pre-dawn hours following Easter.  Born and raised in coal-mining country in Monongah, WV, John enjoyed a long and wonderful life.  A Veteran of WWII, John served in the US Navy as a Motor Machinist Mate 2nd Class on a Minesweeper in the Atlantic. After the war, he worked his way through college as a professional boxer and coal miner - often working through the night and attending classes during the day. John received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Fairmont State College, and his Mining/Industrial Engineering Degree from Morgantown University; both in his home state of West Virginia. He began his career in the mining industry, where he worked for several years. In the early sixties John took a position in Fairmont with Westinghouse. When a career opportunity with the company opened in 1969, John and his family headed to Bath, NY, where he began working as an Engineer.  In 1979, he was transferred to North American Philips in Bloomfield, New Jersey as their New Products Manager. He returned to the Corning area in 1983 as the Senior Industrial Engineer at Philips Lighting in Bath, NY, bringing his engineering career full circle.  John retired from Philips in 1991, but continued to serve the company as an independent consultant.

During his long career, John was a recognized and published technical writer.  He was a hard-working and fun-loving man who had a large list of accomplishments.  He was an avid golfer, winning tournaments well into his 80’s. John caddied in the LPGA Corning Classic and the Binghamton Open, officiated New York high school football and basketball games, was a practicing Licensed Insurance Agent and an Income Tax Specialist.  John loved all forms of music and was adept at improvising on the fiddle.  He enjoyed playing with local groups and his very musical family. Always fond of staying busy, John began a new career in 1994 as a motor coach driver, traveling all around the Eastern United States.  In his last career endeavor, John became a school bus driver for Birnie Transportation in Corning, where he happily drove a bus until the age of 90.

John’s love of friends and family was without bounds, and he was loved by many... A friend of the family, Richard O’Donnell, of Ogdensburg, NY, shared this memory of John: “He was indeed a supercharged ultra-positive man, an old-school charmer that loved life with all its ups and downs. He reminded me of Jack LaLanne with sprinklings of Tony Bennett. He was his own man, an original through and through, a real powerhouse that loved his family and friends to the moon and back... [he] would give you the shirt off his back and tell you how to wear it, too. And if you ever got him mad, which I did on occasion, he would yell and forgive you at the same time. The angels above are getting a new life coach in heaven and boy are they lucky!  I know I was.” John’s family heartily agrees.

John was predeceased by his father and mother, Sam and Mary Adducchio (DeCarlo), an infant brother, Patrick, his brother and sister-in-law Patsy and Mary Adducchio (DeCarlo), and his first wife Katherine Adducchio (Sciubbo). He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 32 years, Linda Adducchio (Crane), his daughters Katherine Foss, (Hank), and Dianne Adams McDowell (Jim) and grandsons, Taylor and Mason McDowell, granddaughter Laura Stevenson (Mangano), great-grandchildren Madison Webster and Kyler Stevenson, as well as his brother Patsy’s grandson, Ben Adducchio and his mother Christina Adducchio (Bob). He will be greatly missed by his step-children, Michael Farrand, Lisa Hunt (Mark), and Mark Farrand (Cassie), and step-grandchildren, Serena Space (Yen), Melinda Space (Cassidy), and Aaron Space (Ashley), and precious great-granddaughter Charlotte Stich, and the entire Crane family and close friends.  John was loved by all who knew his vibrant and gregarious personality, and he will be greatly missed by all.  There will be no calling hours as per John’s request; a small memorial gathering of family and friends will follow in the near future. 

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