As many of our friends, colleagues, and customers know
Dan Janes has passed away. We lost our dear Dan on June
Dan's life passion was for making the best cue possible.
Throughout his career he had a lifelong quest to continually
improve methods, materials, and aesthetics of the Joss Cue
while insuring they had the best, solid play possible. Dan,
Debbie, and Stephen would sit for hours and plan the approach
to perfect a certain technique. The goal always to make
the best playing, well-built cues with a range of price
points. All cues being equal only some had more inlays or
veneers. The play, the same!
And if you wanted to talk to Dan about almost anything,
especially cues, he would talk with you. Many people were
surprised when it was Dan who answered the phone. He spent
many hours with customers creating their image of the perfect
cue. He was an inspiration to other cue makers and would
spend hours discussing methods, ideas and strategies. Dan
shared his knowledge and his many, many pool, life stories.
He was a special man.
Dan began his life's cue making journey in a small garage
in an area of Baltimore known as Hampden in 1967. Later
in 1975 the business was moved to a new industrial park
in Towson where Joss still resides. By his side his wife
Debbie and son Stephen helped grow the business. Debbie
and Stephen will still run the business and will continue
to craft the same superior quality Joss Cue that we have
been making since 1967. Dan made sure that Debbie and Stephen
were ready for this transition. We have been there every
day beside Dan. Stephen has helped the business evolve with
his own innovative advances and stands behind every cue
he crafts. He has been managing the shop for 44 years. We
will carry on the tradition of making quality customized
Dan will be missed immensely by his family. His daughters
Amanda Janes, Kim Moreau and other son Mark Janes are heartbroken.
He is also survived by grandsons, a granddaughter, and
The pool world has lost a great man of the sport!
We are saddened.