Obituary of Gustav F. Dubies
Gustav F. Dubies “Gus”
Port Jervis New York
July 5, 1933 – December 25, 2020
Gustav “Gus” Dubies passed away on his favorite day of the year, which is Christmas, at the age of 87. He was born in Port Jervis, New York on July 5, 1933 to Gustav Dubies and Anna Belle Wolf Dubies.
Gus was a proud and hardworking man, who always put his family first. He worked his entire life, starting at the age of 13 at Al Hassan’s Junk Yard, where EZ Way Beverage is now located.
Gus was a man of remarkable physical strength. During his younger adult years, he worked in railroad construction for the Erie Lackawaken railroad.
Gus and Joan Robbins Dubies, devoted wife of more than 63 years, were partners in every sense of the word. Following Gus’s retirement from the railroad, they started Carroll & Dubies Inc, serving the Tri State area with their septic tank and portable toilet business. They were also business partners in Joan’s Christmas Trees. For more than 40 years, Gus and Joan sold Christmas Trees, each holiday season, from the lot they owned across from the Hose 6 Fire House. Hose 6 was a big part of Gus’s life, serving as a volunteer fireman for more than 70 years.
Gus and Joan were inseparable. During the summers they were often seen leisurely driving around in his 1930 Model A Ford. He and Joan took great pride in driving his antique car at the head of the Hose 6 parade formation during the annual Port Jervis Fireman’s Inspection Day Parade. In 2006, Gus was honored as the Grand Marshall of the Fireman’s Parade.
Gus and Joan were regulars at local antique auctions where Gus was known for his loud booming bidding style. A collector of antiques, Gus would often remark that “You make your money when you buy”.
Gus loved his hometown of Port Jervis. He has never lived anywhere else. He was born on Wright Street. As a young married couple Gus and Joan moved one block away onto Woodland Drive to a home that they built themselves.
He will be remembered as a role model of the philosophy that hard work has its returns. His love for his only child Annamarie was unwavering. She was his pride and joy. He instilled in her the value of hard work, loyalty, honesty and integrity.
Gus leaves behind his loving daughter Annamarie Dubies Appel, son in law Gregory V. Appel and sister Genevieve Flury. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Joan in 2018 and his sisters, Marie Dubies and Lillian Ehre.
The Dubies – Appel family would like to recognize and thank Laurie Fuller for her dedication and home health care of Gus during the last years of his life.
Gus was passionate about his Grand Dogs. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Port Jervis – Deerpark Humane Society, Route 209 Port Jervis, New York 12771. www.pjhumane.org
Memorial service will be private. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Gray Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis, New York.