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Mahwah Firefighter Dies In NYS Car Accident

Friends say John Deming served on Co. 1 for 51 years

A Mahwah firefighter and longtime township resident died in a rollover car accident in Stephentown, NY, Monday afternoon, New York State police confirmed Tuesday. According to police, John Deming, 73, died after his car veered off State Route 22 at about 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, police said.

According to Deming’s friend and fellow Mahwah firefighter Jeff Smith, Deming was traveling with his wife, Fran, who was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Massachusetts, where she is recovering from injuries she incurred during the accident. Stephentown is on New York’s border with Massachusetts.

Deming is survived by his wife and two sons, David and Johnny, who live in New Hampshire and Texas, respectively.

Deming was a member of since 1961, and served as an assistant fire chief for a year in the 1970’s. Professionally, he operated a welding business out of his Christie Ave. home since 1958.

“John was the kind of guy who was always ready to give a helping hand to anybody,” Smith said. “He was just a very good person and a lot of people in Mahwah will miss him.”            

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, Smith said.

Johnny Defiant February 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Hi Christine....Ive spoken to your Mom and David is coaching me ....I hope to hear from you too. thank you..I will read this to mother.
Johnny Defiant February 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Im johnny their oldest son...We spent alot of time at Brandt lake....my Father and all of his siblings went to MHS. thank you.
Yvonne Arata February 13, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I am so sorry for your loss mr d will be sorly missed by us all. I am a good friend of the family and want to see mrs d soon. I feel like I got sucker punched b/c mr&mrs d helped me grieve for my father back in July. I will be there for mrs d now. I love them both like my family. I'm so sorry I didn't know this had happened until today feb 13 I ABSOLUTLY would have been at the funeral!!! Mr d was THE ULTIMATE BEST PERSON TO TALK AND HAVE A LAUGH WITH ( even when you are grieving ). Now mrs d has no choice but to be the one who makes me laugh . Shell do a good job. I just know it.... Again my DEEPEST SYMPOTHY....
kenneth Bledsoe February 20, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I just came across this article and wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the entire Deming family, particularly my dear friend Dave.
JoyKill Design March 11, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Dear Johnny, I know we don't know each other very well, but when I heard this news, I was terrified for you. I've never before lost a parent, but I've had many family deaths. It affects them terribly. I'm extremely, EXTREMELY sorry for your loss. I can't wait to hear back from you tomorrow. Call me when you get the chance, I have some questions about the graphics I made you. Sincerely, JoyKill Design

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