Richfield Springs, N.Y. ~ John Ray Sovocool, age 65, passed away early Thursday morning (May 20, 2021) at Crossroads House in Batavia surrounded by his loving family.
He was born January 25, 1956 at Pepperrell Air Force Base, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, a son of the late Wilbur J. Sovocool and the late MaryAnne Cranston Sovocool.
John was a proud graduate of Cornell University, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. While there he was a member of the U.S, Air Force ROTC program, and upon graduation was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. John served his country in many notable assignments around the world before retiring from the Air Force with the rank of Major. John owned and operated Fieldstone Farm Resort in Richfield Springs from 1998 until the summer of 2020 and his wife, Jean, joined him in the Fall of 2009. Together, they made every guest feel welcomed and like family.
John was an avid long-distance runner who ran 98 marathons, including 10 Boston Marathons and at least one in each of the 50 states. He also loved working with wood and stained glass, was a stonemason and landscaper and was considered by all to be a true artisan in these mediums.
John will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife Jean Barr Sovocool; children, John E. Sovocool, Adam Sovocool (Nancy), Kristin (Ben Cook) Sovocool, Nicholas Sovocool (Kelsey) and Alexander Sovocool; step-children, Alison Barr (Robert) and Robert Faucett (Mickie); grandchildren, Chayden, Hayden, Ashton, Henrik, Samuel and Viviane; siblings, Robert Sovocool of LeRoy, Sharon (Gary) Harris of Chanhassen MN, Wayne (Joan) Sovocool of Madison AL, Daniel (Ber) Sovocool of Portugal, Charles (Suzanne) Sovocool of Fairport and Kathleen DelPlato (Robert) of LeRoy; sister-in-law, Kathy Sovocool of Batavia, along with several nieces, nephews and dear friends.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Patricia and brother, Kenneth.
There are no prior calling hours. A public Memorial Celebration of John's life will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, N.Y. 14021 - www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.