John Skarbinski
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(Scub), of South Boston (formerly of Quincy) passed away peacefully Tuesday the 12th of January of the year 2021 at the age of 85. After seventeen years, he is reunited with his beloved wife Patricia Skarbinski (Alisio). Loving son of the late Joseph (Gramps) Skarbinski and brother of the late Helene Joyce (Skarbinski). He is survived by his four children and their spouses, Jay Skarbinski and his wife Domenica of Hanson, MA, Michael Skarbinski and his wife Beth of Southern Pines, NC, his favorite daughter, Catherine Scieszko (Skarbinski) and her husband Joseph of Braintree, MA, and Michael Keiran-Fox of New York, NY. Pup/Papa-Scub, as he was lovingly called by his nine grandchildren, leaves behind Kristina Skarbinski and her husband Ryan Flanders, Victoria Skarbinski, Mitchell Scieszko, Jake Scieszko, William Skarbinski, Carolynne Bacon (Skarbinski) and her husband Jameson, Edward Skarbinski and his wife Hilary, Michelle Skarbinski and Meghan Skarbinski.

John retired in 2003, after working 41 years from the United States Postal Service, most recently as a clerk at the Quincy Post Office. He loved big band music and dancing the Polka. When he wasn't cooking or enjoying the breeze on his front porch with a newspaper in hand and candy on his lap, you could find him walking around his favorite city, getting in his daily two mile walk for "therapy". On his walks, he would frequently add to his pen collection. Scub was an active member of the Chippewa Club of South Boston, where he spent many a late evening chatting with his friends.

A longtime fan of all Boston sports, he hardly ever missed a Patriots Game in 60 years. He coached numerous teams in Southie and East Bridgewater throughout the decades. It was a great joy for him to see his children and grandchildren on the field. When he wasn't coaching, you could find him cheering from the sidelines.

He spent his summers in New Hampshire, swimming in and boating on Newfound Lake, where it was always a race to see who would be the first one in. His favorite destinations were those with a beach, as he firmly believed salt water could cure everything. To Scubby, nothing was better than sitting seaside on Cape Cod or on a bench at Carson Beach and Castle Island. If he couldn't take the T somewhere, you know he would be the worlds greatest backseat driver – don't worry, he has a map.

After surviving a massive heart attack that Tom Brady induced in 2017 with the greatest Superbowl comeback in the history of the NFL and Lymphoma in 2018, it is with great sadness that John's story came to a close due to complications related to Covid-19.

Of all of his accomplishments, John was most proud of his family. In his final days he wanted to make sure his family knew he loved them all and was proud of each and every one of them.

Private Services will be held at Casper Funeral & Cremation Services for the Family.

Please make donations in his memory to Mass General Hospital

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Published in Boston Herald from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2021.
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January 19, 2021
To the family of John (Scub) Skarbinski - My brother John and I are saddened to hear of the passing of our longtime neighbor and friend John (Scub) Skarbinski. He was one of the nicest people to know, always a smile and wave each time he saw us. He always looked out for his neighbors and we will miss him very much. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless him.
Kathy Devine
January 18, 2021
So sorry for your loss. RIP Scubbie
Renee Gagne
January 15, 2021
He was a wonderful man-so sorry for all of you kids
May all the fabulous memories you have carry your broken hearts through this loss
Linda Zablocki
January 15, 2021
I am sorry to hear of scubbas passing. He was a great guy. I always enjoyed seeing him and talking to him. He was "classic" southie guy. May the family find peace and remember the good times.
Paul Walsh
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