John B. Middleton, Jr., 77, of Southbury, CT, died June 16, 2013 of complications from Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), also known as Shy-Drager Syndrome, a neurological disease. I started this page in his honor to raise money for the MSA Coalition. To learn more about this organization or to send them a check directly in memory of dad go to www.shy-drager.org
He was born November 15, 1935 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the son of Helen Morris and John B. Middleton. He graduated from Westfield High School, Westfield, NJ, and received a BA from Middlebury College and an MA from the University of Missouri Journalism School.
John reported for the Providence Journal and edited for the Washington Post before becoming a writer for Medical Economics magazine in Oradell, NJ. In 1977, he and his wife, Ginny, moved to Southbury, CT when they purchased the Heritage Villager newspaper, which they published until they retired in 2000.
He played the bagpipes with the Litchfield Hills Pipe Band and the Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums of Danbury, CT. He sang in the Ridgewood (NJ) Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and enjoyed sailing his 16-foot sailboat in Rhode Island and on the Chesapeake Bay. He was a member of the Heritage Village hiking club and served on the Heritage Village Ambulance for 19 years.
John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Virginia, a daughter, Martha Bogucki, and her husband, Peter, and their children, Kevin and Colleen, and a daughter, Amy Knieriem, and her husband, Donald, and their sons, John and Scott. He also leaves a niece, Kirsten Lamborn Schoenke, and her husband, Robert, and their daughter, Mary. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Middleton.
The family is grateful to the kind and thoughtful Watermark staff for caring for John during his illness. Memorial contributions in John’s honor may be made to the MSA Coalition at 8311 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 105-434, Raleigh, NC 27617 or at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/marthabogucki/marthaboguckisfundraisingpage.