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AGE: 65 • Holmdel
John Politis, 65, of Holmdel, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. He was born on December 10, 1948 in Brooklyn, NY, to Thomas and Athena Politis. He was a graduate of New Utrecht High School in 1967 and received a bachelor's degree in biology from Hunter College in 1971. In 1969, he moved to East Brunswick with his parents and brother, Stavros. In 1987, he relocated to Colts Neck, where he raised his family with much care and love. In his final days, he resided in Holmdel with his beloved sister. John was the proud proprietor of the Red Oak Diner in Hazlet for 35 years. He was an active benefactor to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, and to many causes during his life. He was a board member at Bayshore Community Hospital and because of his love for running, he founded the Bayshore Autumn Chase. Also, he was a movie buff and enjoyed fishing. He was a beloved member of the community.
He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Athena (Vastardis) Politis and his brother-in-law, Emmanuel Vastardis. John is survived by his wife, Maryann (Schmidt) Politis; his loving children, Alexandra, Christina, Marielle, Daniel Habib and Nicole Habib. He is also survived by his dear sister, Irene Vastardis of Holmdel, and his dear brother and sister-in-law, Stavros and Maria Politis of Athens, Greece. John also had many cousins, nieces and nephews that loved him very much. He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3269 State Rt. 35 N, Hazlet. Family and friends were invited to visit on Tuesday, April 15th from 9 AM to 12 PM at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, Holmdel. A funeral liturgy was offered at 12:00 noon. Interment followed at Holmdel Cemetery in Holmdel. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, visit, www.shorepointfh.com
Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services
3269 State Route 35
Hazlet, NJ 07730
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 20, 2014