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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 03, 2012 at 07:44 AM
wassup skeet....Im on my way home...talked to mrs. G...I wont even believe it ....Dad gone......fuck that..
Johnny Defiant February 03, 2012 at 07:56 AM
holy shit,,,,,tommy...its me ..johnny deming on my way home...from texas....this is the worst
Johnny Defiant February 03, 2012 at 07:58 AM
big chris is this you....its me johnny.. im on my home ....dad gone???? fuck that.,
Johnny Defiant February 03, 2012 at 08:07 AM
OMG..debbie smith..its me johnny... dad gone? it doesnt register....on my way home now from texas.
Johnny Defiant February 03, 2012 at 08:21 AM
Im on my way home from texas now...I must meet you...I must hug both of you.. My mom is better...somewhat....my number is 832208842
Johnny Defiant February 03, 2012 at 08:22 AM
thank you.. johnny deming
duke03 February 03, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Fran, Johnny & David, To lose someone we love is hard enough but to lose our loved one so quickly is so much harder to try and understand.Fran we have know you two for almost 40yrs.From snowmobiling with you before I got married,to the dirt track up at Middletown and of course the one major bond of the Mahwah Fire Dept. If we saw John,you were never far behind.We have nothing but great memories of John.Wherever you travel from now on he may not be by your side but he will always be close and in you heart. You know you have so many people to help you through this time and your recovery.Fran, you know where to find us if you need anything at all. Sending our love, Fuzzy ,Jean & Mike
Johnny Defiant February 03, 2012 at 06:12 PM
My lord....I was writing and the computer hic cupped....I love you all....The Roe family as I recall is in stories I heard from my mother that go back eons......I know I can count on you all....go see Mom please....she is home w/ david, jeff smith and PAMELA MALONE.....angels all....im driving home now with my oldest daughter..pete ekholm and his wife....The only thing that really helps me now is my faith in the lord and knowing that all the people my folks know are special....THANK GOD FOR MAHWAH FIRE DEPARTMENT .......I just pray that Mr. Edison "Ike" Wiley is still around...He always helped Dad and I ...and Trust me tthe rest of that list stretches til the farthest reaches of eternity.....bye for now.... sincerely, johnny deming.
Johnny Defiant February 03, 2012 at 06:22 PM
when you have time i would like you to call me,,,,im their oldest son johnny...on my way home....my mother spoke of you moments after my father passed away...my number is 832 208 8464....mom said you were so helpful ...you and one other person i think....before the police or EMS arrived. she was in alot of pain and you helped her....that is such a comfort to me that they werent alone. may god bless you...im sure you must be some folks like mom and dad always knew.... decent, honest and loving. call me and thank you....8322088464.
Johnny Defiant February 03, 2012 at 06:32 PM
savino???? im johnny...their oldest son...driving in from the oilfields of texas....your post indicates you were close to my father....if its with i would like you to call me....im alright...just driving with pete ekholm and my oldest daughter...whom my mother loves dearly...we are devastated....im a rock ....just like dad....cool in a crisis....but all of this is like some bad dream to me...all i can do is one simple thing....Act like Dad is standing right next to me telling me to try harder... any job worth doing is worth doing right.....call me .....2/3/12 @ 12:29pm CST... Id say dinnertime where youre at would be good....or just anytime its cool...thanks .johnny austin deming 8322088464
Johnny Defiant February 03, 2012 at 06:47 PM
im driving ....i cant type...im johhny austin deming....driving in from texas...my daughter , pete ekholm and I will be home in about 22 hours...mom is fine...she is with my brother and jeff smith....and a real living and breathing angel....Pamela Malone. Its my faith and love for jesus that comforts me...but aint nothin better than knowing that some real MAHWAH folks are at my Mothers side....call her....she really needs to hear from yall.....I spoke to her and she said ," im fine... allitle sore. your daddy didnt suffer". I just spent 10 weeks at home w/ them...When a first responder like MOM says everything is OK....what does your gut tell you??? I can only act like my dad is standing next to me.....saying ..LETS GET THIS SHIT DONE AND GO HAVE A COLD ONE.....;my father never turned his back to me....the black sheep of the clan... always taught me to forgive .... and never turn your back when help is needed...if yall know my well enough call her and talk about old times....she is fine for now,
Samantha Armstrong February 03, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I am te daughter of Bill Koyak who knew your dad very well. My entire family sends their regards and are very saddened by your dad's passing. He was a great man and will be missed.
Kim Mark Koenig February 04, 2012 at 12:33 AM
RIP Our friend JOHN . Thanks for the Great Memories. Fran Get well soon we are all praying for a speeedy recovery for u. Mark & Kim Koenig. Formerly of Mahwah. Now in Mt. Cobb, Pa
Anne Sun February 04, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Hey Johnny.. it's Anne Sun again... you actually went to elementary school with me.. I'm your age and I do remember those days playing in the firehouse with Meredith and you. Her dad, Ike, is still in town. I also remember family BBQ's at your home and walking over to Franklin Tpke to get some ice cream :) Very fond memories. Your mom and my mom were the first women on the Ambulance Corps... so long ago. I am glad you have company in your journey driving back to Mahwah. See you soon...
Anne Sun February 04, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Anne Sun (Stricker)
Johnny Defiant February 05, 2012 at 04:44 AM
johnny deming 8322088464 anne call me...im in tennessee.
Debora February 07, 2012 at 06:20 PM
John do you know how proud Dad would be of you right now? You have answered every message posted to you and your family. I know you are in Texas now and so is my Mom Susie Smith, she wanted to make sure your Mom knows she has sent her prayers, love and regards I know this is unreal for you, it is for all of us. Be safe. Debbie
Nick Lorenzo February 07, 2012 at 08:06 PM
debora its me johnny call me as soon as possible...2015292832..
Nick Lorenzo February 07, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Im having a problem with my phone and internet...please call me @8328890221...or 2015292832....try not to talk for too long...I need to hear from you...ike wiley...meredith ....ginny....laurie ...anne sun...etc..Im using my neighbors computer...this is me...johnny austin deming...the wild one.
Nick Lorenzo February 07, 2012 at 08:17 PM
this is johnny austin deming....I know my folks and yours were close ...please call my mom at home...she was seriously injured, but if you know my mom she is up and about and calling the shots.
Nick Lorenzo February 07, 2012 at 08:21 PM
hey yall....johnny deming here...just lookin at soome pics and came across one of mark, dad and big chris at auto lab.mom would love to hear from you...Im there too...services are this weekend.
Anne Sun February 08, 2012 at 04:38 AM
hey John.. I just saw your recent comments... I will call you tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday afternoon). I'm glad you're in Mahwah with your mom... I hope she's feeling better healthwise. Talk to you soon...
ChristineAbella February 09, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Although I haven't seen them since I was in my teens, the Deming family were always generous to me and to my family. Sincerest condolences from the Giuliano family. Warmest regards, Chrissie
NANCY (BAMBERGER) CASTNER February 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
To the Deming Family; My name is Nancy (Bamberger) Castner, I was a resident in Mahwah from 1957-1961. I currently reside in a little village named Brant Lake; in the Adirondacks of NYS. I am sure that John & I crossed paths years ago. I remember the name but I am not sure if I went to school with him or one of his siblings. Tom Ulrich emailed the horrible news regarding your loss & subsequent injury to Fran. Please accept my sincere condelences at this time. Regards Nancy B Castner (NBC)
Johnny Defiant February 10, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Mary was here today...she is a saint. Your family is amazing. So sincere and caring. And Her visits always make my mother happy....Im so thankful.
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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