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August 15, 2013

John Maxwell Weir

John Maxwell Weir

ONEONTA — John Maxwell Weir passed away in his sleep in Falmouth, Mass., on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the age of 91.

John was a beloved husband, father and a great grandfather.

The Oneonta native and former Mashpee, Mass., resident was a lifelong outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing and knew Otsego County like the back of his hand.

He was also an accomplished athlete who played football through high school, and was such a good catcher in baseball that he played under Dutch Damaschke and was offered a contract by the Boston Red Sox.

John was a machinist by trade, and worked for the Bendix Electrical Components Division for all 42 years of his professional career. His parents owned and ran Weir's Restaurant on Market Street in Oneonta where John helped as a child, developing his love of coffee and a good "Crisco" doughnut.

His favorite haunts included Oneonta's The Duke Diner, Friendly's, Wood Haven Golf Course; The Elm Inn in Milford, and anywhere he and his brother, Dick, felt like scouting, hunting or fishing.

He had a great sense of humor and laugh, and Christmas couldn't start without his trademark "Ho Ho Ho!" John could be heard rooting at family sporting events all over New England, and couldn't get enough “chowdah.”

He will be dearly missed by his family, and we were all blessed to have such a great man in our lives for so long.

Funeral services will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to VNA of Cape Cod, P.O. Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to

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