John Savas (“Papou”), age 92, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2017. He was born on July 28, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Natalia (nee Georgiadi) and Jack Savas (Savvas Patrikiadis), Greek immigrants from Constantinople and Cappadocia. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sophie (nee Paraskevopoulou), originally from Filiatra, Greece, his daughters Diana and Vanessa, his son Jack and daughter-in-law Jane, his grandchildren Jackie Giska and her husband Andrew, John, and Michael, and his sister and brother-in-law Thelma and Sam Adams. He was awaiting the imminent birth of his first great-grandchild.
John graduated from Glenville High School in Cleveland and served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific theater during WWII. He received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology, now part of CWRU. He began his professional career at Bonn Aluminum in South Haven, Michigan, and then was employed as a research scientist at Republic Steel Corporation in Canton and Cleveland, Ohio, from 1956-1982. He subsequently worked as a metal-failure-analysis expert consultant at Hurst Metallurgical in the Dallas-Fort Worth area until the age of 82, when he returned to the family home in Largo, Florida. The Savas family is forever grateful to Hurst owner Mahesh Madhani, who was a supportive boss and loving friend to John until his passing.
John’s interests were diverse, and he was especially interested in current affairs/politics as well as in cutting-edge science and medicine. At various points in his professional life, he had traveled as a consultant to Hungary and the Ukraine. He had also visited Italy, Switzerland, Greece, and Argentina, where his paternal first cousins resided. He was proud of his personal library, enjoyed fine dining, and derived special pleasure from giving silver dollars as gifts at Christmas and for birthdays, a tradition from his parents’ part of the world.
John was an honest, intelligent, caring, and generous man who sought to help humanity in any way he could—whether by giving financial assistance to down-on-their-luck individuals, sharing his ideas on vitamin therapy for cancer, or focusing on fusion energy research. He wanted to make a difference, and he did so in the lives of many.
John loved his family greatly, and they loved and will miss him. He loved God deeply, and our merciful Lord heard his prayers, bestowing many blessings upon him and his family during his lifetime. It is appropriate that John passed on All Saints Day. Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη. Eonia i Mnimi. Memory Eternal.
*Donations in memory of John Savas may be made to the Philoptochos Society of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando.*
Viewing will take place at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland, Florida 32751, on Tuesday, November 7, from 9am until time of funeral service at 10am. Burial to follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.
My condolences to you and your family Jack. Thoughts and prayer go out to you and your family.
Karen Olson HetrickBrecksville, OH
Our sincerest condolences to the entire Savas family. John was loved very much and will be missed. May the Lord give the family strength to persevere in this difficult time.
Yiannis Kaplanis familyLos Angeles, CA
We knew Mr. Savas through the life of his daughter Vanessa, a valued member of the Budget and Appropriations Affairs family within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Comptroller, Pentagon, Washington, DC. We share in her and her family's loss and want them to know they are in our thoughts and prayers. Mr. and Mrs. Savas raised a beautiful, hard working daughter and it was clear how much she loved her father. Vanessa, we are here for you and will always be here for you through these difficult hours. May the love, strength, and devotion of your father be your beacon henceforth and forever!!
Michael Benjamin and the Budget and Appropriations Affairs (BAA) Family!Centreville, VA
Sending the entire Savas Family strength, peace & surrounding love.
Vanessa Dornhoefer & FamilyThe Pentagon, DC
Sending prayers of love and healing to the Savas family. Mr. Savas was one of a kind. I will always remember sharing dinners with he and Vanessa. God Bless you all and wishing you peace and healing.
Beth GraverSONOMA, CA
I have known John Savas my entire life as my parents were close to him & his wife, Sophia. I consider them my family. It was very important to him to provide for his family. Family was always first. John was such an intelligent person that some people misunderstood and may have considered him eccentric. He loved to debate any subject & knew much more than the person he was having the debate.
I'm very sorry that the time ran out for John. He is joining my mom & dad in heaven.
Maria SclavounosIndian Rocks Beach, FL
Sending healing thoughts & blessings to the Savas family.
Carla RinerMiami, FL
We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. We have many great memories with your family. May his memory be eternal.
The Sorolis and Frey FamiliesTampa, FL