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Jack's Supermarket owner looked out for his customers

Jacob Tierney
| Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 11:00 p.m.

People who frequented Jack's Super­market in Smithton knew owner Jack Fabean, and he knew most of them.

“He loved his store, and he loved his people,” said his wife, Marlene Fabean.

Jack D. Fabean, of Smithton, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at his home. He was 82.

He was born Dec. 28, 1934, in Smithton to the late Greeno and Lena Fabean.

Mr. Fabean bought the store when he was 26 and worked there the rest of his life. Even after turning over operations in 2010 to his daughter, Mona Shaffer, he still worked there regularly until the past month.

He was a “quiet man who loved to work,” Shaffer said.

He and his wife dedicated their lives to the store and their customers.

“They got up at 4:30 every day to get down here and let the milkman in and the bread man in and everything,” Shaffer said.

When local grocery stores started to close, forced out by larger competition, Jack's Supermarket kept its doors open.

“Over the years, they just closed up one by one, but he was always here,” said John Shaffer, Mr. Fabean's son-in-law.

Jack's Supermarket was the type of store where the community gathered.

“Even if they didn't need anything, they'd just come in to tell Jack ‘hi,' ” Mona Shaffer said.

And he cared for his community. When coal miners lost their jobs, he'd give them a line of credit and make sure they didn't go home without food, John Shaffer said.

“We've been in business for so many years, we helped so many people,” Marlene Fabean said. “Every­body came to the store. He would help out those who had fallen on hard times.”

Mr. Fabean was a member of the Lions Club and regularly contributed to local causes, particularly sports programs.

He enjoyed fishing, golf, bowling and taking trips to The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County. Every Saturday night, he would gather with family and friends to play cards — especially euchre, his favorite game.

Mr. Fabean is survived by his wife, Marlene Fabean; son Jack Fabean of West Newton; daughter Mona Lee Shaffer of Smithton; four grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Joseph W. Nickels Funeral Home., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie. Additional visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday with a Mass of Christian Burial at noon at Seven Dolors Church in Yukon.

Interment will follow in St. Timothy Cemetery in Smithton.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6646, jtierney@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Soolseem.

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