John Walter Maxwell II


October 24, 1919 - February 1, 2012

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 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’s 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 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 (FDRS) 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 80’s, 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, John is survived by his children, Thomas Maxwell, John W. Maxwell III and his wife Linda, Sally Maxwell Hess and Peggy Maxwell-Duran. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Tim Maxwell, Scott Maxwell, William Maxwell, Bradley Hess and his wife Heather, Mathew Hess, Desiray Duran, R.J. Duran, Rico Duran, and Jereme Duran. Great grandchildren Sidney and Ryan Hess, and survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Feb. 4, at the St. Eustice Episcopal Church in Lake Placid, a burial service will take place in the spring.