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William Johns, Jr.

Born: Sun., Feb. 9, 1947
Died: Sat., Oct. 30, 2010

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William Johns, Jr., a resident of Lake Winola, PA and formerly of Chenango Bridge, NY, went to be in the arms of God Saturday morning, October 30, 2010, after a courageous, two and one half year battle with kidney cancer.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 39 years, Mary Emily Wayman Johns, cherished daughter, Jennifer Suzanne Johns Fiske, her husband, Scott Alexander Fiske, two precious granddaughters, Emilie Barnett Fiske and Anna Elizabeth Fiske, his cousins and their families, and an aunt.

Born in Dunmore, PA, on February 9, 1947, son of the late William Johns, Sr. and Janet O'Hora Johns, Bill was a member of Dunmore Presbyterian Church and attended Dunmore Elementary School, then moved to Buffalo, NY, where he earned his Eagle Award in scouting and graduated from Kenmore East High School. He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and a distinguished military graduate of Alfred University where he earned both his BA and MS degrees and then entered the military as a commissioned army reserve officer. Upon relocating to Binghamton, NY, he joined the Chenango Bridge United Methodist Church and was employed by The NYS Department of Mental Health working at the Binghamton Psychiatric Center. Using his outstanding leadership skills and his compassionate nature, Bill devoted his career to helping mentally challenged youth in both the Binghamton and Norwich communities. While working, he continued his education at the University of Scranton, Marywood University, and NYS Universities at Oneonta and Cortland, and earned an additional MS degree from the New School for Social Research. He was also active in many of his daughter's youth organizations, served as a KAA soccer coach, attended countless swim meets, and built floats for the annual Lake Winola Water Carnival. In 2005, he eventually retired to his family summer home at Lake Winola where he indulged in his passions of boating, golfing, fishing, cheering on the Buffalo Bills, reading historical fiction, researching family history, traveling within the US and abroad with his wife and constant companion, and sharing his life with family, especially his young granddaughters.

A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be conducted by the Reverend Joan S. Dodson at the Lake Winola United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 13th at 1:00pm with interment at Fairview Cemetery, Lake Winola. Relatives and friends may pay their respects Saturday at the church from 12:15pm until commencement of the memorial service. (See www.lakewinolaUMC.org for directions.)

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill's name to the Johns Hopkins University Sidney Kimmel Cancer Institute for renal cell cancer research.

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