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John Patrick Scofield

Jul 6, 1959 - Aug 27, 2017

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Orono - John Patrick Scofield (Sco), 58, passed away on August 27, 2017, after a brave battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family in the home he built in Orono, Maine.
John was born on July 6, 1959, the fifth child of Harold and Ann (Geraci) Scofield in Tonawanda, New York. He attended St. Amelias grade school and graduated from Kenmore East High School in 1977. He studied Geological Sciences at the University at Buffalo and graduated in 1981. While at UB, he was involved with drilling on the Greenland ice sheet, which began his love affair with the ice. His interest in glaciology brought him to the University of Maine for his master's thesis; he spent three seasons in Antarctica doing research.
After graduating with his master's degree, John worked at the UMaine Acid Rain Laboratory. In 1993, his expertise in computer technology eventually led to a new job at UMaine in network technology, working to manage the computer system for the University of Maine. John was much beloved by his co-workers for his unfailing ability to see the best in any situation or person, his willingness to work hard, and to listen when needed.
While studying for his Master's degree, John met his wife of 32 years, Lynn Caron, who was also studying geology at UMaine. They married on July 19, 1985, and honeymooned on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. They enjoyed many adventures together over the years. This included trips to their favorite island, St. John, for snorkeling, as well as trips to Costa Rica, Colorado, and the Pacific Northwest to visit family and friends. Their greatest adventure together was raising their two kids, Marci and Connor.
John was a model father, who read to his kids every night, helped with homework, and attended all their sports games. As time went on, they also shared an appreciation for Buffalo sports teams, hiking, and craft beer. He was deeply loved by his children, particularly for his sly sense of humor, love of the outdoors, and unwavering encouragement and devotion.
John embraced the Maine outdoors, becoming an avid white water canoist, hiker, camper, and cross-country skier. He enjoyed exploring the Maine rivers and participating in canoe races with a variety of partners, including his son Connor. John was also a self-taught carpenter, plumber, and electrician. He designed and built three homes for his family during his 36 years in Maine.
John was much beloved by his co-workers, relatives, and many friends. His ability to listen and his willingness to help when needed were only part of his great charm. John was the friend who showed up on moving day, who helped tear down a barn, who took over a project when a friend was hurt, and who would trouble shoot computer problems late at night. John set the standard for how we should treat each other: with care, attention, humility, and respect. Treasured friendships, many decades-long, have been a strong source of comfort throughout his months of treatment.
John was predeceased by his parents; and by his beloved sister, Kathy Dibble. He leaves behind his wife, Lynn Caron; son, Connor; daughter, Marcienne; sisters, Christine Scofield, Pamela (John) Allen, and Sue Allison (Larry Crocket); brother-in-law, Edward Dibble; great aunts, Gloria Geraci and Marion Robertson; and in-laws, Cathy (Robert) Nadeau and Ray (Holly) Caron. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, who always looked up to Uncle John and dozens of close friends with whom he's shared his life.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service for John at 1:30 p.m. on September 9, 2017, at the Buchanan Alumni House, 160 College Avenue, Orono, Maine, with reception to follow.
Published on  August 31, 2017
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