BACON - John W., Sr. “Jack” Age 83 of the City of Tonawanda, February 8, 2021. He is survived by his long time loving sweatheart Susanne (nee Miller) Tranter, father of John W. (Laurie) Bacon, Jr., Jill (Bruce) Spira and Joseph N. (Robin) Bacon, grandfather of Jaelle, Nicholas G. and Pearl Bacon and great-grandfather of Raelyn Bacon, son of the late George A. Sr. and Beatrice (nee Vigrass) Bacon, brother of Veronica (late Wendell) Wilbar and the late Margaret (late Daniel) Asbury, Bernice (late Duane) Townsend and George (late Lois) Bacon, Jr. Also many nieces and nephews. Jack was a 1955 graduate of Tonawanda High School and was a US Marine Corps Veteran serving on the USS Saratoga and on the USS Intrepid. Jack was a talented cabinet maker who built organs and boats in his career and his carpentry was evident in reconstructing his home. His career also included working as Maintenance Superintendent at the Tonawanda Housing Authority retiring in 2000. Jack was also a prominent musician who began playing drums at a young age. He was part of the WNY music scene and a bandleader, founding the Morgan Street Stompers Dixieland Band. He and his band played music at all sorts of venues for friends and followers. Jack was a member of Tonawandas’ Post 264 American Legion National Championship Band since the 1960’s and was a Charter member of the Clown Band. He was also a member of the Grandfather’s Band, Cheektowaga Senior Citizens Band, Queen City Jazz Society and the American Federation of Musicians Local 209. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, February 12th at 10 AM in St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 150 Broad Street in Tonawanda. Burial will be in Whitehaven Cemetery, Grand Island immediate following the Funeral Mass. Please be mindful that face coverings and social distancing will be required. Memorial contributions in memory of Jack may be made to Tonawandas’ Post 264 American Legion Band. Arrangements by JOHN 0. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., Tonawanda, NY. Condolences may be shared at www.ROTHFUNERAL.com.
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