John Nicholas GIGICON

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GIGICON, John Nicholas known during his TV days as John Paul, died of cancer on December 13, 2017 at the age of 77. The only child of Nicholas and Sandra, John graduated from the University of Arizona and began law school, but left to help his mother when his father died. John was incredibly devoted to his mother throughout her long life. His Greek heritage was very important to him, as was his large extended family. John worked in TV news in Tucson, both at KOLD Channel 13, where he was a reporter and then news director, and at KGUN Channel 9, where he was a weatherman. He was often stopped when out and about by people wanting to express their fandom. Unfailingly polite and friendly, he would always say, "That's good to hear! You and my mother, that makes two fans!" He even once let a viewer test for herself whether his famous head of hair was a toupee (it wasn't). His days in TV news provided him with a chance to meet thousands of people, some famous and influential, some regular folks. He loved connecting with people and treated everyone with the same respect and interest. He had the rare quality of genuine curiosity, which made him such an effective reporter and communicator. John held a variety of advertising jobs, and was especially proud of being one of the first admen to work on promoting the all volunteer Army after the end of the Vietnam war. In later life, he taught traffic school, and with his charming personality managed to turn what people expected to be a dreary day into something entertaining, enjoyable, and educational. He was a deep thinker, a fountain of knowledge on many subjects, and a natural teacher. He loved to explain things and was endlessly patient. John never met a stranger. He had the best, booming laugh. For years his license plate read "MPATHY," and he was a person who felt things deeply. He seemed at his happiest when holding court with the people he loved, recounting a story or sharing a laugh, and when he had that twinkle in his eye and shone the light of his attention on you, there was no better feeling in the world. He touched many lives. A prayer service is scheduled for John on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon, PA. John is survived by his daughter, Nicole Meade, her children, Alicia, Ethan, Owen, and Arlo; as well as nine first cousins, and his friends, including John Priecko of Virginia and Roland Arellano of Tucson. In lieu of donations or flowers, to honor his life, spend some time with the people you love, and really pay attention. Be curious about them. Shine your light on them. If you knew John Paul, share a story about him. He would get a kick out of that. Vaya con Dios, Dad. Se agapo. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.

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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Dec. 24, 2017
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