Joseph Medwick

Joseph Medwick, 64, of 28 Cedar St., Saranac Lake, died Saturday, June 8, 2013 following a courageous and short battle with renal cell carcinoma.

Born in Yonkers on Jan. 8, 1949, he was the son of Joseph and Eleanor (Kellman) Medwick. Joe met Joanne Wojcik in 1970 and they were married on Dec. 24, 1973 by his uncle Ed Kellman of Spring Valley.

Joe had been employed by the New York State Department of Corrections as a correctional officer for 34 years until his retirement Aug. 16, 2006. After his retirement He worked as a bus driver for First Student Bus Company delivering his precious cargo to Childrens Corner. Joe was an avid fisherman and he especially loved fishing with his brother Rich.

He is survived by his wife Joanne; one son, Joseph J. and his companion Scott Bushey of Saranac Lake; two brothers: Richard and his companion Kate Griffey and Edward, all of Fishkill; mother-in-law Eileen Wojcik of Saranac Lake; sister-in-law Deborah Harrison and brother-in-law Rich Harrison, both of Rainbow Lake; brother-in-law Stephen Wojcik and sister-in-law June Wojcik of Orlando, Fla.; nieces Sandra Medwick and her two children Gabby and Gregory, of Wappinger Falls, Carolyn and her husband Mathew Scerra of Tewksbury, Mass., Jessie Wojcik of Bedford, N.H.; nephews Morgan and his wife Sabrina Harrison and their children Gunner and Ryder of Saranac Lake, Dylan Harrison of Rainbow Lake, David Medwick of Wappinger Falls, and Stephen John and Amy Wojcik and their son Oden John of Missoula, Mont. He is also survived by his favorite uncle, Al Medvec of White Plains, Uncle Steve Medvec of Texas and many cousins and friends.

Calling hours will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13 at St. Bernard’s Church in Saranac Lake, with the Rev. John McAvoy officiating. Burial will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid. A reception luncheon will follow burial (approximately noon) at the pavilion at Camp Adirondack.

Friends wishing to remember Joseph Medwick may make memorial contributions to High Peaks Hospice or the Adirondack Medical Center Oncology Department in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at