John J. Dubas, 79, of Jessup, died Thursday evening at Moses Taylor Hospital from an illness.
Born in Jessup, he was the son of the late John A. and the late Mary Toth Dubas. He was a graduate of Jessup High School and Johnson Trade School. He was a professional musician and performed with “The Chartbusters”, and wrote and performed their Billboard hit titled “She’s the One”. John was also an avid pilot who traveled across the country in his plane. He was a member of the Polish National St. Adalbert Church in Dickson City. He retired from the maintenance staff at Lackawanna Health Care Center.
During his music career he has performed with all the big names in the music industry including Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, the Beach Boys, the Animals and BJ Thomas. He also performed on American Bandstand. He was a loving and caring son, brother and uncle. John was also known locally as Johnny Guitar, playing music all over the area, including at the Erie Hotel.
John loved his music and his family. He was the heart of the family and no family event will ever be the same without him. He loved to entertain his family by playing guitar and banjo with his nephew, Kris. John has brought so much fun and fun to everyone and will be sorely missed. He loved his family and his music.
He is survived by one daughter, Shawn Marie Christian, Missouri; one sister, Barbara Sheridan, Peckville; one brother, Edward Dubas and his wife, Liz, Forest City; a niece, Kim Sheridan-Megela and her husband, Ed; nephews, Kris Sheridan and fiance, Brandy, Edward and his wife, Lisa, and Eugene Dubas. He is also survived by his great-nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the doctors and all staff at Moses Taylor Hospital, especially the intensive care unit, who cared for John during his illness.
The funeral will be on Wednesday at the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main Street, Peckville, with Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Adalbert Polish National Church in Dickson City. Burial, parish cemetery. Friends can call Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. For online condolences, visit the funeral home’s website.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter on John’s behalf.