John Bumb Sr. (July 31, 1927 – February 14, 2018)
John Francis Wilson Bumb Sr. passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 surrounded by his immediate family. John was 90-years-old.
John is survived by his wife Gloria and four children John Jr., Margaret (Eric), Christina (David) and Robert (Elena), his six granddaughters Melissa (Rocco), Katie (Heidi), Kelsey (Andrew), Selina, Jeanelle and Dominique, and his five great grandsons Arleigh, Brooks, Wyatt, Bennett and Baby Owen on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Margaret, George, Frank and Mary.
John was born July 31, 1927 to Frank (Franz) and Mary Bumb in San Jose, CA, eventually meeting the love of his life, Gloria, and marrying her on Dec. 29, 1950. John’s mistress was his beloved San Jose Flea Market, where up until his passing you could still find him running the arcade and making the rounds around the flea market grounds, sometimes walking miles each day.
John traveled the world with the Merchant Marines from 1943 to 1944. He was drafted into the army in 1945 and served in the Philippines as a cartographer until shortly after the war ended. After founding and running a successful appliance repair business, John was offered a career at the San Jose Flea Market, which was founded by his brother George. John’s tenure at the Flea lasted up until his death.
John and Gloria took international vacations to many places including cruises around the Mediterranean, the Panama Canal, Jerusalem and the Bahamas, and excursions to China, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
John generously contributed to the San Jose community throughout his life, and was revered by many. He will be immeasurably missed.
Services for John will be held:
Wednesday February 21, 2018
Darling & Fisher
471 E. Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95112
Thursday February 22, 2018
1565 S. White Rd
San Jose, CA 95112
Burial following Mass
Alum Rock Ave
Celebration of Life
2-4pm @ The Flea Market
In lieu of flowers the family request a donation to the Society of St. Pius X
1565 South White Rd
San Jose, CA 95127