John M. Maroney, 80, of the Irish Settlement Rd, died peacefully at his home on Monday, February 13, 2012, while under the care of his loving wife, family and Hospice. A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s Church in Canton.
John was born to Milton and Bessy (Ragan) Maroney on December 23, 1931. He was predeceased by his parents and 12 brothers and sisters, Kay, Donie, Pat, Mark, Meg, Anna, Bunny, Betty, Margaret, Frank, Bobby and Chip. He served in the US Army during the Korean War after which he was honorably discharged.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 68 of Norwood. During the construction of the Seaway, he drove ukes. Later, he worked for Borello Trucking. In the early 80’s, he purchased a woodlot and ran his own wood business, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed collecting vintage tractors, going to auctions, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. Much of this was discussed over coffee every Saturday morning with his dear friend Bob Moyer. He eventually turned his land into a safe habitat for wildlife and spent countless hours watching the many ducks, deer, coyotes, turtles and birds that made a home of the refuge he provided. It was not uncommon to see John working around his property with his wild turkey, “Albert”, walking protectively behind him, much to the chagrin of his canine companions, “Cleo”, “Sam” and “Blue”.
He was the devoted husband of Arlene (Runions) Maroney. This August would have marked their 40thanniversary. Together they made their home on the same land on which John was born and raised and eventually died.
Later in life he enjoyed keeping the property well maintained and taking rides on his 5 wheeler with his faithful dog “Blue”, following many of the same paths his brothers and sisters traveled as children. Many of his hours were spent working on the very barn his father built, surrounded by memories of those who passed before him.
Those who knew him, even casually, were always surprised by his wealth of knowledge on most topics. He could hear a name and usually follow it up almost immediately with a tidbit of information about the family history of the person mentioned. He touched the hearts and lives of so many who had the good fortune to spend even a short time in his company. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife and many nieces, nephews, great and great great too and friends. Cheerful in all weathers, never shirked a task, splendid behavior.
Arrangements are with Elmer Denesha and the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Condolences may be sent to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org.