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John Welsh Madeira Sr.

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John Welsh Madeira Sr. 83, of Southwest Harbor, ME and Fort Lauderdale, FL died peacefully on November 15 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME after a long battle with heart disease. John was born in Chestnut Hill, PA to Louis C. and Maris Welsh Madeira. He was the youngest of five children. His father, Louis, as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, competed as a runner in the 1912 Summer Olympics in the 1500 meters. His grandfather, Percy C. Madeira was a big game hunter and authored "Hunting in British East Africa." His great grandfather John Welsh, for whom he was named, was President of Finances for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition and World's Fair in Philadelphia and was appointed Minister to Great Britain by President Hayes, presenting his credentials to Queen Victoria in December 1877. John attended Chestnut Hill Academy, St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island and St. James School in Maryland. He met his wife, Charlotte Gillies, also of Chestnut Hill, while he was a patient at Chestnut Hill Hospital where she was his nurse. They married in 1950. John spent his professional career working for Diston Saw Company, then Supplee-Biddle-Steltz, Philadelphia. He moved his family to San Marino, CA to head up regional sales for Krylon Spray Paint Products, then to Akron, OH as Vice President for Plasti-Kote Aerosols and finally to Stamford, CT as VP of Manufacturing for Gulf+ Western Industries in New York City. John holds several patents, with his invention of the tamperproof cap for aerosol cans and a conversion kit for electronic ignitions. He was honored with G+W's Inventor Award for enabling the automobile industry to broaden the acceptance of electronic ignition systems by helping to invent a conversion kit for older, standard ignition automobiles. John spent his lifetime enjoying the beauty of Mount Desert Island, ME beginning as a child summering there. He and Charlotte subsequently spent their honeymoon and family vacations on MDI. Upon retirement in the 1980s, they became seasonal residents of Southwest Harbor and continued to enjoy time spent with their family of seven children and nine grandchildren. John is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and his children, Rebecca (Castle), John, Jr., Alan, Anita, Nancy (Matlack), Janet and Paul; his grandchildren, Maris, Sarah and Lily Madeira, James Castle, Charlotte, Anna, and Nicholas Matlack, Nell Blagg, and Margot Madeira; his sons-in-law, Grant Castle and Paul Matlack; daughters-in-law, Ruth Madeira and Ellen Dux; sister-in-law, Patsy Madeira and brother-in-law, Paul McCloskey. John had a lifelong sympathy and compassion for abandoned and abused animals and adopted many in his lifetime. In his memory, donations may be made to Southwest Harbor Animal Welfare, PO Box 434, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679. A memorial mass was held at St. Peter's Church, SWH in November. A memorial service will be held next summer on MDI as well.

Published in Main Line Media News on Dec. 20, 2012
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