JABLONSKI - John A. Of Naples, Florida passed on Monday, November 26, 2012 at his residence. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Peggy Ann (Tarsa), his six children John, Marianne, Suzanne, Pattianne (Brian) Dopkin, Adam (Andrea) and Michael (Molly), and fourteen grandchildren Ben (Brielle) Batory, Emily, Megan (Kevin) Flinn, Anna, Adam Livak, Max, Katie, Kevin, Karen, Faith, Joseph, Joe Dopkin, Jackson and Nicholas, one great-grandchild Baelyn Batory and his brother Adam (Audrey). Originally from Philadelphia where he attended St. Joseph's College, John entered the US Army and was stationed in Puerto Rico where he was in charge of the Rodriguez General Hospital Laboratory. John was General Manager at Quaker City Beverage in Philadelphia purveying Piel's Beer. He moved to Naples in 1990 after living in Buffalo, New York where he was a beer wholesaler with his brother at Buffalo Beverage Corp. Together, they worked to create a successful family business that his children continue to operate in Rochester, New York. A member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Bonita Springs, John worked as Campaign Director of the steering committee for the renovation and expansion of the parish's "Make Room for More Project," and also sat on the parish's finance committee. John gave generously to private organizations, such as Our Mothers' Home, an organization that supports pregnant women in crisis and sexually or physically abused children. He believed in community fund raising efforts. John focused his attention on under-privileged children and families. He was passionate about helping children and the elderly see Santa each year, and played this role at hospitals, nursing homes and local churches for decades. An active member, and past-president, of Bonita Springs Noon Rotary Club since 1996, John helped raise substantial funds annually at events such as The Taste of Bonita and the Tom Barr Open. John was also named a Paul Harris Fellow. Funds raised through these efforts provided wheelchairs in Costa Rica and helped the Rotary offer generous donations to the
and many other charities. A Memorial Mass celebrating his life will be held Saturday, December 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Orchard Park, NY. Burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, John's final wish was that donations be made in his name to The Rotary International Foundation One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201-3698. Arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home (239) 992-4982.
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Published in the Buffalo News on Dec. 2, 2012