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John D. Adams 71 of Porter Township passed away on Tuesday April 19 2022 surrounded by family. Born January 9 1951 in Seminole he was the son of the late Herbert and Erma Adams. Mr. Adams was an Army Veteran and retired from Consol Energy as a coal miner after 25 years. He married Sandy Goheen the love of his life in 1970. She survives. Other survivors include a son John Adams Jr. of New Bethlehem and a daughter Angie Conklin and her husband Brian of Cortland N.Y. He was proud of his six grandchildren Joshua Adams Jade Adams Jasmine Adams Josey Adams Mackenzie Conklin and Gracie Conklin.

John was known for his love of family gardening flowers and fishing on the Finger Lakes of New York. Mr. Adams was a member of the New Bethlehem Lodge No. 522 F&AM. He loved his home and looked forward to sitting on his front porch while enjoying the sunshine each year. A private memorial service will be held on Tuesday April 26 2022. In lieu of flowers John would have wanted a nice gesture of kindness to be paid forward in his honor. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.alcornfuneralhome When I try to explain the aspirational genius of the American founding I always refer to two documents—one of them one of the most famous documents in the English language the other far more obscure. Theyre by the famous frenemies of the American founding Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

The first of course is Jeffersons Declaration of Independence. The second is Adamss very short Letter to the Massachusetts Militi dated October 11 1798. In two pairs of sentences these documents define the American social compact—the mutual responsibilities of citizen and state that define the American experiment. Heres the first pair from the Declaration We hold these truths to be selfevident that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.That to secure these rights Governments are instituted among Men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

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