Copied From Niagara Gazette
Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 12:57 pm
John Wielgus, 60, of Niagara Falls, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at his home, following a courageous yearlong battle with cancer. John was born December 6, 1954 to Edward and Mildred (Bechtel) Wielgus. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Niagara Wheatfield High School, Class of 1974.
John made his living as a house painter who worked side by side with his father but his true love and passion was music, Blues Music. Known to most as "Harmonica John," John was a member of a number of formidable Blues Bands, including The Buffalo King Snake Band, The Excellos and The Electras. John was one of the regular house musicians at the Imperial Garage in the 1980's that hosted several famed old time blues bands. Within this time his true success was with Stevie B and the Rhythm Rockers, they recorded an album "The Real Thing" and played live at Attica State Prison. In the 1990's John went on tour with James Peterson. John was honored by Buffalo Music Award for top blues Harmonica player in 1994 and again in 1995. In 2004 Blues Beat Magazine presented him with the Muddy Waters Award for excellence in the field of blues "Class Act Award".
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Last November, John played his harmonica for the last time at a tribute for him. Family and friends gathered to watch and listen to the talent of this amazing man. A very gentle and humble man, John played his harmonica every night referring to it as his prayer to the Lord for giving him the talent to share with others. John loved to read and was an animal lover. He was also an avid Yankees and true Buffalo Bills Fan. Family and friends found it entertaining watching John watch the games, rather than the games themselves.
John is survived by his wife, Heather; stepson, Richard Kraft of FL; two brothers, Edward Wielgus (fiance Terri) of Middletown, OH, Richard (Michele) Wielgus of Lewiston, NY. John and Heather shared a major role in raising his niece, Chelsey Wielgus, and he lovingly assumed the role "judgie" to Chelsey's two children, Carly and Scotty. John also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his youngest brother, Scott Wielgus and his stepson, Patrick Kraft.
Visitation will be on Thursday from 4-7pm and Friday from 11am -1pm, with funeral service following at the ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 24th Street, cor. of Welch Ave., Niagara Falls, NY. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made in John's memory to: The Jonah Cancer Care Center, ECMC, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, New York 14215 Attn: Charlene Cherry. Visit zajacfuneralhomeinc.com for online condolences