Sherbak retires after 50-plus years

       After more than 50 years of fixing TVs, “I got tired.”
       That was how John “Skip” Sherbak, 79, described his recent decision to close Skip's Mountain TV, a repair business he had started in the early 1950s after getting out of the Navy.
       Accompanying the closure was selling the house at 2317 Howbert St. - also his one-man business location in recent years - where he had been born in 1929. His father (also named John), a carpenter for the Midland Terminal railroad, had built the house in 1926.
       Skip thinks his dad would have gotten a kick out of the sale price. “He built it for $600,” he said. “I sold it for $145,000.”
       Like his father, Skip worked for the Midland Terminal (as a section foreman, repairing track) - his job ending when the railroad shut down in 1949. He also was a professonal boxer, served in the Navy five years (including service in the Korean War) and raised his brother's three children after he was killed in a car accident. He and his wife Louise, whom he married in 1952, are now living off Fontmore Drive.
       In a 2004 Westside Pioneer interview, Sherbak said he had no plans to close his business just yet. “I quit working once and it drove me crazy,” he said at the time. Asked this week what he was doing in retirement, he replied, “Going nuts.”

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Editor’s note: The entire 2004 question-answer interview with Sherbak is on the Pioneer website. To access it, go to, then Archives. For the year 2004, it’s under the “In Their Own Words” category. Direct Link