John Roger Paddock\nElmira, NY\nPassed away on Monday September 13, 2021 at the age of 67. John was born on February 2, 1954 in Woodhull NY, the son of late Louis Paddock and Joyce Drake. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Dave Paddock.\nHe is survived by his children, Adam Paddock, Barry Paddock and Amber Thompson; six grandchildren; his siblings Larry Paddock and Linda Silvernail; along with several nieces and nephews.\nJohn could be described as hard, stubborn, and difficult at times, which explained his tenacious hold on life after battling heart disease for several years and surviving three medical procedures. Many friends, however, will also fondly recall acts of kindness and compassion, often to people he hardly knew including a saxophone player he gave money to outside a local grocery store and received an appreciative hug in exchange.\nJohn worked hard jobs most of his life driving trucks for construction companies and freight delivery services and retired early after working at a papermill near Emory, TX. He enjoyed socializing with a weekly Bible study group and attending Living Word Church. Following his first heart surgery, he dedicated time and money to establish a fellowship group, Men's Fellowship in Christ. \nHe loved spending time with family and was proud of his children's accomplishments even though maintaining his rough persona belied his ability to tell them himself. He loved his dogs, Jammer and Juju, who he found it difficult to be separated from for any amount of time. John was also an avid fan of the TCU Horned Frogs and baseball. He was inquisitive, wanted to see things for himself, understand how things worked, and enjoyed travel. He leaves an unfulfilled wish to see a sunset over the Pacific Ocean.\nThe family welcomes relatives and friends to Living Word Evangelical Free Church 1119 Lake St. Elmira, NY on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 2 PM- 3PM with his Memorial Service to follow at 3PM.\nThose wishing to remember John, treat each other with a bit more kindness, compassion and understanding by focusing on the things we have in common instead of our differences.