GIANCOLA, John 76, died of Covid-19 on June 28, 2020. A pioneer in video, his work is archived at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Born in Mamaroneck, NY, he came in 1984 to the University of Tampa to found its innovative Communication Department. A beloved teacher and colleague, he retired for health reasons after 20 years, returning recently to teach part time. He will be missed by his nephews, Jonathan and Robert; as well as numerous extended family members and friends.
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Published by Tampa Bay Times from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2020.
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John was a dear friend. We spent a lot of time together in our formative years in the 1970s. I have many happy memories. John was one of the most present people I have ever known. John had no time for "small talk."
Gus Linton
July 19, 2021
I just learned about John’s passing when I visited his Facebook page for the first time in many months. Sad to hear that he is gone. He was one of my closest friends at Oklahoma State University, where he recruited me to join Delta Chi fraternity. I have many memories of John. He loved the theater and played the role of Doc in a campus production of West Side Story. One of the most thoughtful people I’ve ever known, he had a profound influence on my social and political beliefs. After the Selma March in 1965, John was one of the leaders of a protest march at OSU in which I participated.
Royce Singleton
April 19, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Maryann Larson
April 8, 2021
Sitting here watching a Judy Collins special on PBS and thinking of you. Teaching me life lessons in your office, with Judy playing softly in the background. The mere thought your face makes me smile. Thank you for all you gave to me which, of course, is far more than I have space to write. I’m sorry this blasted virus took you from us. This world is certainly a little more dull, but the heavens shine a little brighter with your incredible smile. You are deeply loved and terribly missed.
Heather Shelley
September 4, 2020
John was a dear neighbor and friend. We had many good and fun conversations over the years. We also enjoyed many desserts together from Alessi's Bakery in Tampa.... cookies, cream filled pastries and pizza too. We saw John just before we went north. And it shocked us to hear CoVid caused his death because he was so very careful always using his mask and distancing. God called.... may his soul rest in eternal peace. Our sincere condolences to all of John's family. We will miss him.
Jim & Anne Rostick
August 11, 2020
I always enjoyed talking with John, there never was a subject where he did not have an informed opinion. I will miss visiting with him at our social gatherings.
Howard Rochte
August 10, 2020
I met John when he moved into our On Top of the World community. He would attend our Lambda Social Club get togethers here. I always enjoyed chatting with him. He was full of ideas which is not unusual since he was a college professor. John will be missed by many.
David Beaven
August 10, 2020
David Beaven
August 10, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Giancola Family for the loss of your loved one, John, and pray God gives you comfort, peace and strength.
August 10, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving.
Simone Taylor
August 9, 2020
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