On Monday, May 18, John F. Conklin, of Flagler Beach, Fla., passed away suddenly at the age of 86.

John was born on Dec. 23, 1933, in the Bronx, to John and Margaret (Hampton) Conklin. He was a military veteran who served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Naval Reserves. He worked as a methods analyst for Western Electric and Lucent for 27 years. On Oct. 4, 1958, John married the love of his life, Josephine (McMullan) Conklin. In 1968, they moved to Mohegan Lake, where they resided for 38 years before retiring to Florida. In his later years, John also worked at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School.

John is also survived by his daughter, Kathleen (Michael) Corrao; daughter, Maureen Strong; son, John (Lisa) Conklin; 12 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Carol Kern, of Columbia, S.C., and predeceased by sisters Lorraine Smith and Joan Brady.

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John was an avid sportsman who loved fishing, hunting and hiking the Appalachian Trail. After retiring, he hiked the Appalachian Trail from New York to Maine by himself. He also loved spending time with his family. He never had a bad word to say about anyone, was a man of strong faith in God, and a proud American.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, with interment to follow at Assumption Cemetery.