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John Lubas

January 8, 1921 May 6, 2017
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John Lubas, age 96, a lifelong Stratford resident, beloved husband of Patsy MacWade Lubas, peacefully went home to God on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He thought of "Death is an adventure—it is not about the where, but about the who." Born in Stratford on January 8, 1921, he was the son of the late Frank and Julia Fritz Lubas.  

He served as a Technical Sgt. in the Army Air Corp during World War II, and flew 65 missions as a radio operator. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University in Washington D.C. and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bridgeport. He worked at Dictaphone for 27 years as a Supervisor of Manufacturing Engineering. He was the main engineer in the development of the modern version of the Dictaphone and was known as "Mr. Dictaphone." He also was a member in the Industrial Golf League. His love for golf continued throughout his life, highlighted by achieving the amazing feat of shooting his age at 90 and two holes in one.

After he retired from Dictaphone, he became an Associate Professor at Norwalk Technical College for several years. He continued his passion for teaching at Stratford High School as a substitute math teacher. In addition, he was a lector at Our Lady of Peace Church where he taught CCD and RCIA. He was an avid reader, writer, philosopher, inventor, teacher, orator, sports enthusiast, chess master, ballroom dancer, theater lover, and a student of Shakespeare—a true Renaissance man. "There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough—hew them how we will," was his favorite Shakespearean quote. His genuine love of people and life, sense of humor and optimism will live in our hearts forever.

He is predeceased by his sisters Ann Markus and Dorothy Baldino, brothers Joseph, George, and Teddy, his first wife Ruth Kostelnik, and grandson Justin Petagine.

He is survived by Helen Lubas his sister from St. Augustine, Florida and his four loving children; Nancy Addorisio and her husband Michael of Killingworth, Mark Lubas of Bridgeport, James Lubas and his wife Lynn of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Kathryn Petagine and her husband Gary of Dover Plains, New York. Seven cherished grandchildren: Dr. Michelle Gora and her husband Matthew, Jason Petagine and his wife Tiffany, Jared Addorisio and his wife Caitlin, James Addorisio and his wife Tina, Daniel Lubas, Jonathan Addorisio and David Petagine. Nine adored great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Hospice for their loving care they provided for John.

Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Father Nicholas Pavia on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. by meeting directly in Our Lady of Peace Church, 651 Stratford Road, Lordship. Interment with full military honors will follow in Saint Michael's Cemetery. Friends may visit with his family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday in the William R. McDonald Funeral Home, 2591 Main St., Stratford.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Our Lady of Peace Sanctuary Fund, 230 Park Blvd, Stratford, CT 06615.

For additional information or to share a message of condolence, visit www.wrmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.

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Visitation

Thursday

11

May

4:00 PM 5/11/2017 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/11/2017 7:00:00 PM
William R. McDonald Funeral Home

2591 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615

William R. McDonald Funeral Home
2591 Main Street Stratford 06615 CT
United States

Interment

Friday

12

May

12:30 AM 5/12/2017 12:30:00 AM
Saint Michael Cemetery

2205 Stratford Avenue
Stratford, CT 06615

Saint Michael Cemetery
2205 Stratford Avenue Stratford 06615 CT
United States

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial

Friday

12

May

11:00 AM 5/12/2017 11:00:00 AM
Our Lady of Peace Church,

651 Stratford Road
Stratford, CT 06615

**** **** celebrated by Father Nicholas Pavia

Our Lady of Peace Church,
651 Stratford Road Stratford 06615 CT
United States

Memorial Contribution

Our Lady of Peace Sactuary Fund

230 Park Blvd
Stratford, CT 06614
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