John G. Preovolos(1922 - 2013)

John G. Preovolos
November 7, 1922 - December 19, 2013
Resident of San Jose
After a courageous fight against long-term illness, John George Preovolos, 91, of San Jose, died peacefully at home on December 19, 2013 with his family at his side. A native San Franciscan and son of Greek immigrants, John devoted his life to sport, service organizations and, most of all, his family.
Born on November 7, 1922 in San Francisco to George and Epfthemia Preovolos, John attended Lowell High School before joining the army in 1943 and serving as a captain during World War II where he met his bride, Elizabeth, an army nurse. They married in Dorset, England in 1945.
John was a past district governor of the Lions Club (4-C6), member and secretary of the San Jose Host Lions, a volunteer at the Veterans Administration clinic in San Jose, and longtime member of the Santa Clara Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. John's life revolved around community and serving others - and contract bridge, which he enjoyed tremendously with his friends.
A baseball player in his youth, sports were important to John. He served as a coach and President of Lincoln Glen Little League and was an avid tennis player at San Jose Swim & Racquet Club.
John worked as a manager for the B.F. Goodrich Company for many years and later served as vice president and general manager of Mac & Bob Equipment Rentals in San Jose until retirement.
Survived by his brother, Louis; four children, Michael (Catherine), Judy, David and John, Jr. (Harriet); nine grandchildren, Christopher, Melissa, Elizabeth A., Ross, Elizabeth J., Megan, Stephanie, Lindsey, Scott; two great-grandchildren, Magdalena and Ava; and Cathy and Tim Young. John was central to the lives of three generations of "Preovoli."
John was the widower of Elizabeth (Bette), beloved wife of 45 years, and then was predeceased by longtime companion Joyce Dail.
John was an incredibly loving, honorable man, with a generous heart that touched many people. His loving spirit and contagious laugh will be missed greatly by his family and friends.
A Private Service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent the Santa Clara County Salvation Army Corps or to the San Jose Host Lions Club Welfare Fund.
Inurnment will be in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Dec. 27, 2013