John Mengucci

John MengucciA lifelong resident of Canastota, John graduated from Canastota High School in 1944. Following his graduation his service to his country, during World War II was marked by the time he served with 27th Division and the 11th Airborne division of the United States Army in the South Pacific. A 1951 graduate of Clarkson College of Technology, he received his degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Following his graduation from Clarkson, John was employed with Allis Chalmers, General Machinery Division, as an application engineer. He then returned to Canastota where he would spend over 40 years working with the Diemolding Corporation as an applications engineer and advancing to the vice-president and general manager of the Canastota Plant. He later served as the corporate plant engineer responsible for all buildings and holdings of the company.

He served a three-year term as trustee on the Canastota Central School Board of Education and served for ten years on the Madison –Oneida BOCES Board of Education, where he served as vice-president for two years and president for two years. He served as the Canastota member of the Executive and Advisory Boards of the BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education. John was a member of the community Curriculum Committee, a member of the Key Communicators Group at Canastota Central Schools and a member of the Board of Trustees of the former Lenox Memorial Hospital.

John also served 18 years on the Canastota Village Board, five years on the Canastota Water Board, six years on the budget and Executive Committee of the United Fund Way, on the Town of Lenox Assessment Review Board, the Canastota Traffic Commission and as finance chairman of the Village Swimming Pool Committee.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 140, the Canastota Memorial Post 600 of theMengucci Graduation VFW, the Knights of Columbus, and the Elks Club. He was also a member of the Rotary Club and served as secretary, vice-president, and president of the Rotary Club as well as serving as host club president for the Rotary Annual District Conference.

In 1990, he was the recipient of the Rotary Roses to the Living Award and in 1994 he received the Canastota Central School Alumni Award. In 1996 he received the Greater Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award for Humanitarian Service for his long service to the community, its students and its residents. He also served as a committee member on the Canastota World War II memorial that was dedicated in 2006.

His resume of community service was extensive; based on his belief that “...you should do whatever you can to take an active part of your community”