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John Joseph Giovannone

April 8, 1950 - September 26, 2013 John died September 26th at the age of 63 with his wife and immediate family by his side in his San Juan Capistrano home. A graduate of Hastings Law School (JD '75, captain of the Hastings Rugby Club), Princeton University (AB Physics '72, member of the football and rugby teams), and Loyola High School in Los Angeles ('68), John was a corporate/securities attorney with over 30 years of experience and was universally respected in his industry having received many accolades and acknowledgments for his professional prowess. John was equally dedicated outside the office as exhibited by his devotion to his family and multiple charities. As President of the Orange County chapter of the JDRF, John made it his mission to educate the public and to one day see a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. The son of Italian immigrants (John and Josephine), John is survived by his wife Cyndi; his son John, his wife Lauren, and their three children Emma, Izzie, and Jack; his son Brian and his fiancée Autumn; and his two daughters Andrea and Katie. John was an incredibly bright, generous, selfless, zealous and optimistic man. He was the voice of reason and the consummate counselor. He was always available when anyone needed his support or guidance. John's life left an indelible mark on the lives and hearts of all who knew him well. While his absence leaves an enormous void, and while he is already missed terribly, as he stated at a Dodgers-Giants game two weeks ago (as he powered through remaining items on his bucket list while simultaneously battling brain cancer), he left this world "totally at peace" with his life, and "very proud" of his family: "I'm fortunate to be able to say that." We should all be so lucky. A service is to be held at 10 a.m. on October 1st at the San Juan Capistrano Mission Basilica. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations in his name may be made to the JDRF of Orange County. http://jdrf.org/get-involved/ways-to-donate

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2013
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