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John Vincent LaBardo, 71, of Jamestown, NY, passed away suddenly on Friday June 25, 2021 at UPMC Chautauqua.

A longtime resident of the neighborhood, he was born on June 8, 1950 in Jamestown, son of the late Anthony “Tony” and Grace M. Tilaro LaBardo.

He is survived by his wife Jodelle “Jodi” Nelson LaBardo, whom he married and saved on April 9, 2005, at St. James Roman Catholic Church; two daughters: Ambrielle LaBardo (Manoel Robinson) of Fredericksburg, Va, and Michelle (Douglas) Burleson of Rome, NY; three stepchildren: Daniel Colburn of Jamestown, Amanda Colburn of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Allison Colburn (Victoria Walburn) of Atlanta, Georgia; three grandchildren: Kennedy Burleson, Mariella Robinson and Micah Robinson; his sister Joséphine “Jojo” (Tom) Scarborough of Falconer; and a niece, Heidi Turner (Ritchie Campbell) from Jamestown, NY

John graduated from Falconer High School in 1968 and Fredonia State University in 1972, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He also obtained a Masters of Business Administration from Saint-Bonaventure University in 1983. He owns and operates Southern Tier Financial at Falconer, where he has guided and advised individuals and small employers on insurance and financial goals. . He also owned and managed several multi-use housing units to ensure affordable housing was available in the community.

A devout Catholic, John was a member of the St. James Roman Catholic Church, Ignatian Spirituality Group, Jamestown Area Knights of Columbus Council 926, as Chancellor, and enjoyed participating in the Catholic Bowls League.

As a track and field enthusiast, he competed in the Senior Games until the age of 55 in the shot put and was chairman of the track officials for Southwest New York State. He was an avid winemaker, a member of the Vikings Lodge and Wine Tasters Club, and loved to share his homemade wine with his friends and family.

John, who has always looked for ways to contribute to his community and the common good, volunteered for Jamestown Meals on Wheels, donated to charity whenever he could and truly enjoyed saving pets, including three of his great loves: Angel, Bear and Cookie.

Most importantly, he was a dedicated father, grandfather and husband who cherished his family more than anything. He will be dearly missed but will live on forever in their hearts.

He was predeceased by his father, Anthony LaBardo on March 7, 1993, and his mother, Grace M. LaBardo on February 22, 2013.

A Christian burial mass will be celebrated at 10 am Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church, Jamestown. The Reverend Darrel Duffey will be the celebrant. Interment will take place at Mt. Cemetery of Olives.

Friends will be received by family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Falconer Funeral Home. A Christian Wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, St. Susan’s Center, or Jamestown Meals on Wheels.

Visit our website at www.falconerfuneral to send a message of condolence.

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