New Orleans, LA—On Saturday, October 19, 2019, John Galiouras, affectionately and notoriously referred to as “John G,” suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at the age of 72. Born Ioannis Antonios Galiouras in Sinasos, a small village on the Greek island of Euboea, John proudly served in the Greek Army before joining the Hellenic Merchant Marine. After meeting the woman who would soon become his beloved wife while in port, John immigrated to the United States. Though he spoke little English, he immediately started his own company, John G Painting Contractor, which remains a successful business to this day. John became an official American citizen in 1971, and upon doing so, introduced his lively and celebratory Greek culture to everyone he knew. He briefly owned a soccer team, “Greek American,” that won the Regional Southern 3 Cup; he consistently offered support and guidance to his fellow Greek immigrants; and he was personally responsible for some of the most epic Orthodox Greek Easter celebrations to date, where anyone was welcomed and encouraged to experience the dancing, music, cuisine, and other customs unique to his native Greece. Those on the receiving end of John’s legendary generosity are far too numerous to count. His is an iconic story of an immigrant whose fiery determination, strong work ethic, and passion for life placed the American Dream firmly within his hands. John passed these exceptional traits down to his five adored sons, who each carry on his legacy of refusing to do anything unless you give your everything. John lived and loved big, especially when it came to his family. The pride and love he felt for his boys in particular remained unmatched to his last breath. The Galiouras Family has lost their cherished patriarch, but his memory will undoubtedly live on for generations. He is, and always will be, simply unforgettable. John is preceded in death by his dear parents, Antonios and Anna Galiouras, as well as his treasured wife of 39 years, Mai Rose Coco Galiouras. He is survived by his brother and best friend, Dimitri “Jimmy” Galiouras; his sister, Maria; his five sons: Tony (Bridgette), Jules (Jennifer), Alex (Mindy), Mario (Ana Maria), and Nick (Andrea); his nieces Anna (Dave), Erica, Kristalo (Kostas), and nephew Christos; and the little ones who brought him immeasurable joy, his 12 grandchildren: Colette, Jessica, Dylan, Hallie, Sophie, Macie, Mai Rose, Lyla, Yannis, Catalina, Anabella, and Mila, with Number 13, another precious granddaughter, on her way. Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Saturday, October 26th 11:00 am in the J. Garic Schoen Chapel of JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, located at 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, la 70119. Visitation begins at 9:00 am and will continue until Service time. In lieu of flowers, please properly honor John’s eccentric, fun-loving life by sending Heinekens, Ouzo, and Souvlaki to 7700 Richard Street, Metairie, LA 70003. Opa! Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com
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