Millinocket - John L. Madore, 78, passed away very peacefully on February 28, 2023, after a sudden illness. He was born October 24, 1944, in Millinocket, the son of Henry and Leona (Murray) Madore. John graduated from Stearns High School in 1963, and was proud to have played for Stearns when they won the New England Basketball Championship. In 1965, he married the love of his life, Ruth Thorpe, and they enjoyed 51 years together. John is survived by his daughter Amy (Madore) Cyr and fiancé Robert DiFrederico of Millinocket; his son Jeffrey Madore and wife Michelle of Stafford, Virginia. John was the proud and very loving grandfather of four granddaughters, Katelyn Audrey (Cyr) Davis and husband Matthew of Durham, North Carolina; Abigail Spencer Cyr of Durham, North Carolina; and Maya Beth and Emma Louise Madore of Stafford, Virginia. He is survived by sisters Jacqueline (Madore) Sopko and husband Fred of Hillsborough, New Jersey; Marie (Madore) Miller of Garnerville, New York; brother Arnold Madore and wife Patricia of Millinocket; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a very special former son-in-law John Cyr of Millinocket; brother-in-law William Thorpe Jr. of Millinocket; Maria (Ippoliti) Knowlton, whom he considered his "second daughter;” many friends, but several special ones in particular: Jon MacDonald, Keith Beaupain, John and Joanna McVey, Jack Hart, Dan Daley, Francis Menu, Martin and Lynn Landry, Linda (Lepage) Boyd, and Bonnie (Blake) Malcolm. John was predeceased by his parents; his beloved wife Ruth; father and mother-in-law William and Audrey (Whitney) Thorpe; sisters Annette (Madore) Ross; Nadine (Madore) Buckingham; Arline (Madore) Bradshaw; brothers Henry Madore Jr. and Ronald Madore, Sr. John endured many years of various hardships, but he did so with dignity and optimism; he was a pillar of strength and an inspiration. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woods rides, golfing, and sharing his love of the outdoors with first his children, and then his grandchildren. John was well known for his smile, kindness, sense of humor, and passion for telling jokes and sharing stories, especially those about the mill and the old coffee shop. He will be so unbelievably missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Katahdin Area Support Group or the Alzheimer's Association. A service will be held at the Millinocket Cemetery on May 20, 2023 at 2 p.m. Messages of condolence may be expressed at John’s Book of Memories at www.lamsonfh.com.