John R. Dean

September 19, 1946January 7, 2012

Dean, John Richard, age 65 of Nashville, TN. Left this earth on Saturday, January 7 2012. Preceded in death by his parents John I. Dean and Jessie Lee Smitha Dean. Survived by his wife of 43 years, Josephine Strong Dean, daughters Christene (Joe) Coode, Ronnie (Danny) Francescon, Stefanie (Jason) Brown, and Katie Dean, six grandchildren Daniel, Maddie, and Wesley Francescon, Olivia and Austin Coode, and Dean Brown; sister Edna (David) Rideout; aunt Joyce Smitha; niece Sarah (Jeremy) Moore, nephew John Ed (Andrea) Hahn, grandnieces and nephews MacKenzie Moore, Josh and Drew; close friends, Price and Kit Lechleiter, Roshan and Yumi Bhattarai, and Ashok Bhattarai and all of his beloved friends. Born and raised in West Nashville, John graduated from Cohn High School in 1964, and attended MTSU, Belmont, and finally UT Knoxville. He first opened the Cosmic Ballroom in the early 70s, then Doug’s Pub before he and his wife opened McCabe Pub in 1982. John was very active in local politics and passionately advocated for the protection of individuals’ property rights. His enjoyment of politics, history, culture, and travel led him to opening a hotel in Pokhara, Nepal in 1997. John looked forward to his daily routine with all his friends. He was a member of the Garden Club in Sylvan Park (The Hut), the Hillsboro Hounds, and the Hooligans. He was never one to back down from a good debate. Those who knew John best knew that his inner spirit shone through regardless of whether he agreed with you or not. Visitation will be at McCabe Pub, 4410 Murphy Road on Saturday, January 14 from 2-5 p.m. and a celebration of life with family and dear friends from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The LAM Foundation at, 4015 Executive Park Drive, Ste. 320, Cincinnati, OH 45241 or The Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation at . To all his many friends and loved ones – “Namaste, and don’t forget to hide the eggs.”MARSHALL-DONNELLY-COMBS FUNERAL HOME, 615-327-1111


  • Visitation Saturday, January 14, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 14, 2012

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Jimbo Williams

February 5, 2012

Living in Fort Myers Flordia I too had no idea of John's passing. My memories are all good and a lot of them most funny! I know he will be missed. John and I were good friends and his passing has left a blank spot in my heart. My best to all the family.
Jimbo Williams

January 29, 2012

I have never forgotten John, Jo, and "the girls". I am saddened by your loss & regret just now getting in touch under these circumstances. God Bless you all. James Mansfield

January 17, 2012

Today is January 16th and I just learned of John's death. I am at a loss for words to tell you how sorry I am yet my hope is that in time you and the girls will see that the sadness is replaced by fond, happy memories of a life well spent. You are in my prayers.

Janet F. Rasmussen

Colette Hailey

January 17, 2012

Josephine and Family, Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers as time marches on. Sending lots of Love and Light. See you in a couple of months. xoxoxo

Karen Callahan

January 16, 2012

To Jo and Family,
Just learned this afternnon of John's passing. Please know that prayers and thoughts are for each of you. Peace be with you and those you love.

Erik Williams

January 15, 2012

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Jo, all the girls, and Ms. Edna as well. I had many great memories working for the Deans at "The Pub" back in the 90's. John will be missed, but never forgotten!

Jennie Smith

January 13, 2012

Our first neighbors - we'll never forget all our children growing up together!
James and I are out of the country, and are so sorry to miss the service this week. We are thinking of all of you, and will talk to you when we return.
All of you are in our thoughts.

January 12, 2012

I would like to express my condolences to Josephine, the girls and all of John's family. His restaurant, McCabe Pub is a unique place where people from Sylvan Park and all round would enter as strangers and leave as friends – it is truly ranks as one of the best ever.
John was a god friend to me and all of my family – he will be missed.

January 11, 2012

you all know how much we love all of you!!! we have many great stories from lynnbrook road and cherish the memories! love, mary leigh and "all the kids"

Jane Frey

January 11, 2012

I want you to know how saddened I am to learn of John's death. My thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.

Jane Frey, HCS