John Dan Jobes

Born: Tue., Dec. 27, 1932
Died: Wed., May 13, 2020

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John Dan Jobes
Sydney Mines / Ingonish

It is with profound sadness and deepfelt sorrow that we, the family of John Dan Jobes, announce his peaceful passing at home, on Wednesday, May 13,2020, with his loving children by his side. Born December 27, 1932 in Capstick, Cape Breton. He was the son of the late John and Sadie (MacEachern) Jobes and resided in Sydney Mines until the death of his father in a mining accident. He returned to Black Point, where he learned and understood the value of hard work and a self-sufficient approach to life.  
As a young man he relocated to Sydney Mines, where he commenced work at Princess Colliery advanced to the position of Overman. He was a dedicated and well-respected miner who established life long friendships with many, especially the late Jiggs Snow. He shared a neighbouring fence with his sister and brother-in-law, Mae and Bob MacDonald, maintaining a close and life long supportive relationship with them and their 16 children.  
Years of Camper Trailering in Broad Cove Camp Ground rooted John Dan, Nora and family in Ingonish, and in 1973 purchased a summer home in Ingonish. Shortly afterwards they established a craft shop featuring the artesian of the Mad Potters of Sydney Mines, and later the Seagull Restaurant, where he remained active in its operation for 45 years. The restaurant staff were always considered to be part of John Dan’s family. A feeling that was obviously reciprocated with most affectionately calling him Grampy. During this time, the community of Ingonish held an incredibly special place in his heart. Over the years John Dan developed many special friendships, especially with his “Ol Buddies” Ewart Hardy and Raymond MacLellan
A true family man and a man of patience, John Dan was a considerate father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and cherished partner. His endearing relationship with each child and grandchild will be forever etched in their heart. He openly reminded them of his love and how proud he was of their accomplishments; everyone was Grampy’s baby.
During his retirement John Dan enjoyed working at the Seagull during the summer months and trips to Florida in the late winter, accompanied by Bev, his best co-pilot. He was strong in his culture and reveled in local ceilidhs, productions at the Savoy, Gaelic music and language.
John Dan was a no-nonsense man and approached life with practical knowledge and know how. He was strong in his faith and was an adherent parishioner of Holy Family Parish and demonstrated his faith by example.
John Dan is survived by his beloved companion of 21 years Beverly Mitchelitis, his children, Gail MacLean (the late Donnie Mac Lean), Manning (Andre), Joanne (Raymond) Burchell, Lori Lynn (Gary) Jessome, and Kara Jane Jobes (Travis Williams). Also left to mourn are his 10 grandchildren: Brandon, Tiffany, Erika, Joshua, Jonathan, Justin, Lauryn, Jeremy, Kody, and Brandi Lee, 13 great grandchildren, brother Billy Vanachuck, many nieces and nephews, and the Mitchelitis Family.
Besides his parents, John Dan was predeceased by his wife of 43 years Nora (Murphy), granddaughter Paige Burchell, son-in-law, Donnie MacLean, sister and brother-in-law, Mae and Bob MacDonald, brother, Ebbie Capstick and step-father, John S. MacKinnon.
Due to the current Covid 19 Pandemic, there will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass will take place at a later date.  Arrangements are under the care and direction of JM Jobes Funeral Home, owned and operated by John Dan’s only son Manning, an accomplishment that made him so proud.
Donations in John Dan’s memory may be made to St. Joseph Cemetery Fund, Sydney Mines. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at

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