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    RIP Paradox :(

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    It's with a heavy heart that the family of John Messinger (known here as Paradox) has asked me to write this post to inform everyone that yesterday while doing what John loved he suffered a fatal heart attack.
    As soon as anymore information comes available I will post here for services and such.
    Thank you for your understanding while Sue and Adam grieve for the loss of such a wonderful husband and father. — feeling heartbroken.

    John (on a trip with many VFTTers) on Bond, with his friend "Karen Onatopp", February, 2012


    John (on a trip with many VFTTers) on WestBond, Flags on the 48, 2011


    John (on a trip with many VFTTers) on Adams, Flags on the 48, 2010


    John, Ed (OldMan) and Tim, Moriah, January, 2010

    I will miss you, my punny friend!

    Tim
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    Sue (his wife) posted that "A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11am at St. Mathews Church Plymouth, NH. All are welcome."
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    I must relate a story about John. We had not met yet, but out of the blue, John invited us to come to the whites, and stay for a weekend at his house. As it turned out, he was not even going to be home when we arrived, but he simply told us that he had placed 2 dog biscuits on the door step, and to give them to Zippy and Chip (his Black and Chocolate labs), and they would love us forever. So, when we arrived, we fed the dogs, and made ourselves "at home" in a "stranger's" house. We were never strangers after that. John spent numerous weekends at our house and vice versa. He was generous, friendly and as many of you know, once a pun war got started, few could match his wits!

    Tim's pictures bring back fond memories of our several trips together for Flags on the 48.

    FWIW, John was a 115'er, W48'er, and did trail maintenance. He also enjoyed biking, kayaking, and woodworking.

    He will be missed.
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    It happened at a kayak race in CT. He was about 1/2 mile from the finish when he collapsed and capsized. I was three boats behind him. The two closest to him pulled him from his boat and then four or five us took turns providing CPR near the shore until the rescue boat could get to us and transport him to the boat ramp.

    I’d raced with him over the past two years but only recently realized we had a similar passion for the mountains. Then I learned he was the famed jmmdds - poster of great gps tracks on Wikiloc. Now learning he was paradox - someone I used as a reference quite often when I was starting out. It truly is a small world.

    He was always upbeat and positive and I enjoyed talking with him and was looking forward to more conversations about our mountain pursuits.
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    I am very saddened to learn the news of John's premature passing. John was a friend of all things hiking and that included the ADK High Peaks Foundation to which he made generous donations. I will never forget when he learned of my and Glen Bladholm's (mastergrasshopper) attempt of a Pemi loop in March 2010. Between Galehead and Garfield he showed up with Zippy the "water dog" and filled our parched stomachs and
    hydration units with Gator Aid and water. That was the kind of great guy John was.

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    I'm so sad to hear this news. John was a special guy.
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    I am shocked. John was my dentist the past few years in Plymouth and we've hiked in winter to Isolation and Hale via Firewarden's Trail. I saw him a couple of months ago sharing his enjoyment of his new passion, kayaking, as I looked on at the pictures he proudly posted on the wall in his office. He was funny with a fantastic sense of humor. I really did not know that I would miss him until now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Rankin View Post
    FWIW, John was a 115'er, W48'er, and did trail maintenance. He also enjoyed biking, kayaking, and woodworking.
    John also holds the distinction of telling some of the worst puns I've ever heard in my entire life.

    One of my favorite facts about John is his "Paradox" screen name is actually in reference to his "Pair-of-Doc(torates)" - John was not only a doctor of Dentistry, but also a PhD Chemical Engineer!

    John was an incredibly smart and caring man and will be sorely missed by our family.

    In memory of John, here's one of his terrible puns that always stuck with me:

    Quote Originally Posted by Paradox
    Q: What is the best time of day for a Dentist?
    A: 2:30

    <long pause with a bewildered audience>

    A: Get it - Tooth-hurty!

    <audience groans>
    Image is John's 115 completion on Big Slide in 2014.

    Warning: BigNSlow may not actually be all that slow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradox
    What do mountains talk about?

    A range of topics
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    So sad...I plan on attending the memorial service on Saturday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikehikeskifish View Post
    Groan

    Tim
    In front of his dental office, the sign reads "Parking for Patients only, all others will be extracted"
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    Very sad to hear this. John was a very friendly man. I appreciated his puns, as well as his contributions to the mountains (including trail maintenance on a local trail, as well as experiments with new canister design). May he rest in peace.

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    I met John on a winter hike up Hale some years ago. It was there that he told me what his username meant. Funny guy. He will be sorely missed. RIP, John. I offer my condolences to his family and friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Rankin View Post
    In front of his dental office, the sign reads "Parking for Patients only, all others will be extracted"
    Haha, that is great! I would totally go to any Dentist that had that sign in front of their office! Lol!
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