Portville Hall of Fame
John Maxson was born in Westons Mills on October 27th, 1937, the second
son of Braton “Bus” and Pauline Maxson. John attended PCS from
elementary through high school, graduating in 1956.
At age 10, John contracted Polio, adding physical challenges to an already
"full plate" of challenges to overcome. However, none of John's challenges
ever prevented him from becoming not only productive, responsible, and
respectable, but also invaluable and irreplaceable.
He began his working career at Olean General Hospital, then to the Village of
Portville, and working with Carl Lackey at Cathedral Kitchens before finding
himself at Portville Central School in 1970. He worked as a custodian for 25
years, retiring in 1995. However, beginning that same year, he began his
volunteer service to PCS. It was in this capacity that so many people are
here in support of John and his contributions to Portville Central School and
He is and has been universally respected, admired, and depended upon by an
elementary staff of teachers who say "not only do WE count on him, but the
children love him."
John has been a member of the Rivers Edge/ Portville Methodist church for
74 years, which may also be some kind of record.
Few members of this wonderful community have more richly deserved this
sort of recognition for their quiet, steady, unbending devotion and
contributions to Portville than John Maxson.
(As presented by Gary Swetland for the Hall of Fame at the Alumni Banquet
|The Portville Historical and Preservation Society
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Portville, NY 14770
Portville, New York
PCS Hall of Fame ~ Class of 2014