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John Lois

September 18, 1933 - August 21, 2016

Life Legacy

John Lois, a longtime resident of San Lorenzo, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on August 21, 2016.  He was 82 years old.

John was born on September 18, 1933 to Greek immigrants, Louis and Marina (Lekometros) Lois. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley, on December 6, 1953.  Their time together spanned more than six decades.  John had a long, illustrious and distinguished career in construction; working his way up the ranks to head superintendent for Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.   He also spent many years as a volunteer firefighter for the Ashland Fire Department. On May 23, 1963 John was highlighted in a newspaper article for running into a burning building and saving a woman’s life. This documented act of heroism was just one of many during John’s tenure as a volunteer firefighter.   Upon retirement, John was an avid fisherman, competing in many local tournaments. He also enjoyed gardening, mountain bike riding and going to the Oakland Coliseum to watch the Oakland Athletics.  John touched countless lives and will always be remembered as a very strong man with a tender heart who was profoundly devoted to his wife and family.

John is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Shirley May Lois; his four children Louie (Leslie) Lois, Shelley Calderon and her fiancé, Lee, Mary (Dave) Dunn, and John (Colleen) Lois, sisters, Edna Lopez and Sotiria Knoblich; 10 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many loving nieces, nephews, loving extended family and cherished friends.

Visitation for John will be 4 pm to 8 pm on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Grissom’s Chapel & Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo.  The vigil service begins at 7 pm.  Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, also at Grissom’s Mortuary.  John will be laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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