John David Bidell

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 August 2020 at 3:43 pm

John BidellAmerican flagJohn David Bidell, 77, of Medina, went home to be with the Lord on Thu., Aug. 13, 2020. John passed away at the Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Medina after a brief non-COVID related illness. John was born on Jan. 28, 1943 in Medina, a son of the late William and Esther (Ackerson) Bidell.

John lived in Medina nearly all his life. He began working with his family at the age of seven, helping to clean the Methodist church he grew up in. John held a number of different jobs throughout his working career, most recently as a custodian in the Medina Central School District. He had a knack for getting stains and marks out of anything, and a love for turning other people’s trash into treasures. John also served in the United States Army for three years between 1962 and 1965, receiving an honorable discharge. John was a member of Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church.

John moved into the Orchard Manor Nursing Home in April 2007 after living at home briefly, as a result of a major stroke that left him partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. John never lost his sense of humor, and he never met a person who wasn’t a friend-in-waiting.

John is survived by his four children, Tammy Bidell of Honeoye, Jeffery Bidell of Medina, Amanda (Joseph) Prewitt of Clintondale, N.Y., and Bradley Bidell of Rhinelander, Wis.; his grandchildren, Charles, Christina, Brian, Kimberely (TJ), Rachel and Ashlynn; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and his older brother, Paul (Jane) Bidell of Cleveland, Ohio.

John was predeceased by his parents; his foster brother, David Draper; his daughter-in-law, Cathy Bidell; and five grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held on Fri., Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, located at 226 Pearl St., Medina, followed by a funeral and graveside service with the Rev. Daniel A. Thurber officiating. In accordance with the “UNPAUSING” New York State Guidelines, 33% occupancy limitations will be observed, and masks and social distancing will be mandatory. Burial will be in Alabama Cemetery in Alabama, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honor of John to Orchard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Activities Department, 600 Bates Road, Medina NY 14103.

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