MILLERTON — John Malone, born Feb. 28, 1935, in London, England, passed away peacefully on Oct. 9, 2011, from metastatic pancreatic cancer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.John was an extraordinary man, and those who met him were uplifted by his kindness, keen wit and positive outlook. John was a gifted singer and graced many events with his Irish tenor voice. His British wit and knowledge of politics and public affairs created lively discussions at many dinner parties. John was educated at Saint Dunstan’s College in London. After school, he served his two years of national service in the Royal Air Force Regiment as a gun instructor, spending most of his service in western Germany. He came to the United States in 1964 as a member of the first sales team from the Guinness Brewery. He subsequently helped turn Rolling Rock from a regional beer to a national powerhouse brand and spent the rest of his career building brands into successes in the beer, wine and spirits industries. John was an exceptional athlete, having played rugby and semiprofessional cricket in his younger years in England and very competitive tennis throughout his life. John is survived by his wife, Brenda Fields-Malone of Millerton; his children, Nicholas Malone of Sudbury, Mass., Sara Moore of Fairfield, Conn., and Amanda Bennie of Wilton, Conn., and their spouses, Suzanne Malone, Christopher Moore and Anthony Bennie; and his six beloved grandchildren, including Christopher Malone, Nicholas Osmun, Katherine Malone, John “Jack” Malone, Todd Bennie and Charley Moore.A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia Union, on Saturday, Nov. 5, at noon. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 50 Leedsville Road, Amenia Union, NY 12501 (www.stthomasamenia.org) or Brigham and Women’s Hospital (www.giving.brighamandwomens.org).