John J. Tabone

February 10, 1928 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old

John J. Tabone Obituary

John J. Tabone. 95, Dunmore, died Friday evening at home surrounded by his loving family.  He and his beloved wife, the former Rita P. Richard, celebrated 68 years of marriage.

Born in Pittston, son of the late Leonard and Mary Occulto Tabone, he was a graduate of Dunmore High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Army.  Prior to retirement he had been employed by the RCA Corporation in Dunmore.  John was a member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish in Dunmore and always talked to others about his and Rita’s love story.  Together they enjoyed ballroom dancing and were very graceful as they moved across the floor.

As a true sports enthusiast, John enjoyed attending all his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events over the years, and had a place at all North Pocono football games known as “Papa John’s Seat.” He had coached in Dunmore Little League and in his earlier years, was a catcher for the Bucktown All Stars.  John also was an avid golfer until the age of 92, playing three days a week at the Pine Hills Country Club and Rock Creek Golf Course.  He additionally was a member at the Dunmore YMCA since its opening, where he swam daily and played racquetball.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was the “king of dad jokes”, and will be deeply missed by those who knew him.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons John J. Tabone of Eynon, Joseph Tabone and wife Laureen of Mechanicsburg, and Michael Tabone of Dunmore; a daughter Deborah Sporko and husband Raymond of Moscow; grandchildren Leonard Tabone, Christopher Tabone and wife Olga, David Sporko and wife Stephanie, Gregory Sporko and wife Ellen, Joseph Tabone and wife Nikki, Jeffrey Tabone and wife Anna, Jane Tabone, and Ben Tabone and wife Alexa; great-grandchildren Mila Sporko, Noelle, Nathan, Noah, Piper, and Prezlee Tabone; a brother-in-law Donald Richard and wife Judy of CA; nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his sister Carmella Tripus and daughter-in-law Deborah Tabone. 

The funeral will be Saturday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith St., Dunmore.  Interment to follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Friday evening from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions in John’s memory may be made to the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore, PA 18512.

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January 12, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home
318 East Drinker Street
Dunmore, PA 18512

Mass of Christian Burial
January 13, 2024

9:30 AM
St. Anthony of Padua Church (Dunmore)


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