John A. Maddocks,79, passed away July 22, 2019, at Northern Light-EMMC in Bangor. He was born Jan. 2, 1940, in Monroe. He was the son of Norman and Geneva (Small) Maddocks.

John was a graduate of Crosby High School, class of 1958. He served his country as a part of the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. Most of his service was spent in Germany during the Berlin Crisis, where he met two lifelong friends, Peter Dekramer and Michael Ricketts.

He married the love of his life — he claimed was "love at first sight" — Nancy Quimby on Aug. 29, 1964. God graciously allowed them 54 years together. They raised four children: his brother Eugene's two sons, Norman and Richard Maddocks, from an early age to adulthood, along with two birth-children, Melinda “Mindy” and Peter.

John raised poultry for Maplewood and Penobscot Poultry companies in Belfast for over 20 years, along with driving school bus for Searsport and Belfast for 50 years. He was very active in his town of Stockton Springs, and served as a member of the Planning Board, as selectman and was a member of the Fire Department.

He also was a Christian and served his Lord and Savior as a Deacon and Trustee at Morrill Baptist Church and Stockton Springs Community Church. He served on the board at Camp Fair Haven for many years.

John like to play as hard as he worked. He loved camping, motorcycling, and ATV riding. He had a 1957 Plymouth Savoy and joined clubs to ride with others. He loved to hunt deer. He loved yard sales, antiques and most of all, family get-to-togethers. John loved his bus students and their families; he would always stop and ask a former bus student how they were doing, and what they were up to now. He loved to joke. and to stretch the truth now and then. He loved to go out with friends and eat a meal. John was a people-person and developed many longtime friends.

Surviving are his wife and best friend, Nancy L. (Quimby) Maddocks; his four children, Peter and Alyssa Maddocks of Belfast and grandchildren Zachariah, Caitlin and Mason and step-grandchildren Maddie, Brendon and Gabby; Melinda (Maddocks) Crandall and husband Michael of San Diego and grandchildren, Ethan and Mia; Norman and Debbie Maddocks of Turner, and grandchildren Jason and Jennifer; Richard and Diana Maddocks of Warren and grandchild, Julie. Also, his brother, Brian of Hampden and children, Michael, Craig and Chris; and wife of his brother Byron, Nancy Maddocks, and children, Rose and Mark.

The family would like to thank Barbara (Bowden) Rozelle, on John's behalf, who constantly was at his bedside during recent hospitalizations. John called her his "adopted" daughter.

A memorial service will be held at Stockton Springs Community Church on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m. A fellowship luncheon will follow the  service.

A memorial service will also be held at camp on Mattaseunk Lake, in the Medway area in the fall, time not yet determined.

Those who wish to remember John with a donation may make a contribution to Stockton Springs Community Church on his behalf; or to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maine Neighborhood House, 174 Congress St., Belfast, ME 04915.

Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be offered to the family at ripostafh.com.