John Porvaznik, Jr.


John Stephen Porvaznik, Jr. of Warwick, NY, passed away in the comfort of his home, surrounded by family, on January 10, 2020.  He was 75 years old.

Born in Pittsfield, MA on March 28, 1944, to parents John and Maria (Mucha) Porvaznik, and raised in Warwick.  After graduating high school he enlisted in the US Air Force and in February 1964, married his childhood sweetheart, Carol Hoag.  They lived in Florida and Michigan until 1968, when he was assigned to the Presidential Flight Crew of Air Force One, at Andrew’s Air Force Base, MD.  He served tours in Thailand and Okinawa and worked under Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan until retiring in 1986.  He worked for British Aerospace, Dulles, VA and returned to Warwick in 1999, where he worked several more years with IKON.

John enjoyed gardening, woodworking, tinkering around the house, fishing, summer stays at the beach in NC, and traveling; his last adventure being a trip to Dubai. John had a knack for making lifelong friends after just one meeting.  He was a loving husband for fifty-four years.

John is predeceased by his wife, Carol, his brothers Cyril, Lawrence, David and Andrew Porvaznik and sister Mary Jane Zamichieli.  He is survived by daughter, Amber Ewing and grandson, Shawn Wiggen of Leonardtown, MD; son John Porvaznik III, daughter-in-law Jennifer and grandsons Kameron, Daemon and Michael Porvaznik of Cary, NC; brothers Paul (Cherylanne) Porvaznik of Middletown, NY, and Daniel Porvaznik of Junction City, OH and sisters Stephanie Dragonette of Somerset, OH, Susan (John) Estes of Liverpool, NY, Teresa (Charles) Horton of Florida, NY, and Patricia (Gary) Hill of New Hampton, NY, as well as many adored nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in John’s memory to the Leukemia Society, PO Box 98018, Washington, DC, 20090.

Funeral services will be held February 8, 2020, at 10am, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 101 Main Street, Chester, NY with interment at Orange County Veteran’s Cemetery, Goshen, NY.

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Dear Amber, Sending you and your family our condolences. We met John when we moved in next door last year. Both Carla and I had lovely conversations with him and he was always incredibly kind with our six year old son. I was lucky just a few months ago to sit and talk with him for a while and tell him some stories about my own Dad's time in the Air Force. John was a wonderful man. So sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Ed
Ed Keller
Dear Amber— my condolences to you and your family. I was so blessed to know John and to be his priest and friend. I will never forget our wonderful conversations and he never failed to make me laugh. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
The Rev. Deborah Lee
A fellow classmate 1962, and hay forker at the Paul Miller farm. A genuine good guy, hard worker and loyal American. Rest in peace.
John Baird
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