Retired furniture store owner passes at age 87
KULPMONT - Longtime borough businessman John F. Shimock Jr., who followed in his father's footsteps in the family business and then passed it along to his son, has died.
Shimock, 87, of 238 S. Hickory St., Mount Carmel, passed away Friday evening at his home.
He retired in 1992 and transferred ownership of Shimock's Furniture to his son, John III. John III's son, J.P., today represents the fourth generation involved in the business, serving as vice president.
Saturday was a somber day at the store, located along Route 61 in the heart of the borough. Longtime manager Carmella Daniels, who retired in 2012 but continues to work as needed, reflected on some positive memories.
"He hired me in 1971," she said about John Jr. "I was with him a long time. They're all like family to me."
She noted John Jr. was "extremely patient" with customers. She said he was a God-fearing man, and noted his membership in many service organizations and his marriage of 58 years to his wife, Pearl, who survives.
John Jr., a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, was an avid golfer and bowler and liked to play pool and shoot darts.
Shimock's, founded in 1915, is one of the region's oldest businesses. It was started by John Jr.'s father, who sold paint and wallpaper door-to-door from a wheelbarrow in Mount Carmel.
Daniels said she has offered whatever help she can to the family in its time of need.
"I'd do anything for them," she said. "And vice-versa."