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John Michael York

June 23, 1937 - December 16, 2020

John Michael York (June 23, 1937 – December 16, 2020), beloved father and grandfather, died peacefully after a brief illness at age 83.


John was born in Hoboken, NJ to Helen (Ruszkowski) and John Youshkewich. He grew up in a large, extended Russian and Polish family with many cousins throughout the New York area with whom he remained close friends during his long life.


He attended the College of Pharmacy at Fordham University in New York City and began a career as a pharmacist and eventually owner of Reider’s Pharmacy in Montclair, NJ, and then as Director of Pharmacy at St. Elizabeth’s (now Trinitas Medical Center) in Elizabeth, NJ. Later in his career he earned an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a certificate in antique furniture appraisal from New York University.


John married Madelyn Lacicero in 1962. The couple purchased an old Victorian house in Glen Ridge, NJ, where they raised two daughters, Renay and Leslee. Thirty years into their marriage, Madelyn was diagnosed with cancer, and John was devoted to her throughout her difficult struggle. He was devastated by Madelyn’s death in 1993 and often said he would have given anything to have gone in her place.


After relocating to Portland, OR to be close to his family, John enjoyed attending the Oregon Symphony, the theater, and other cultural institutions. Those who loved John remember him as a kind, sometimes stubborn, friendly person who was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren and who was always happy to chat.


John is survived by daughters Renay York and Leslee York, both of Portland, OR; by grandchildren Brandon York and Tabitha Lee (also of Portland); by his sister Helen Muskin of Phoenix, AZ and by his sister-in-law Carol Garrity of Knoxville, TN.


Donations may be made in John York’s name to Meals on Wheels:

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