James Loizou died quietly in his sleep the afternoon of November 18, 2019 surrounded by his beloved family. Born in Cairo, Egypt he was brought up in Paphos, Cyprus. He attended the University of Athens and received his BA from the University of Pittsburg with graduate studies at Catholic University. He was an information scientist at the National Library of Medicine and was listed as a contributor to 23rd edition of Dorland’s Medical Dictionary. A founding member of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church of Northern Virginia, he held at various times positions as head of the Sunday School, director of the Children’s Choir and most recently Proto-Psalti (head cantor) of the church, singing into his 91st year.
He loved life to the fullest. He constantly strived to improve mind and body, being an avid tennis player into his 80’s, joining Toastmasters International, and taking language classes in Spanish in his 70’s to add to his working knowledge of 6 languages. An idealist at heart, he was also President of the Friends of Cyprus, an organization devoted to communicating the complicated geo-political issues on the island of Cyprus to the American public. He and his wife Jane traveled all over the world in their retirement, broadening their appreciation for other cultures.
He leaves behind his cherished wife of 67 years, Jane, his four children Maria Jane, Dean (Lia), Jamie (Denise), Ellen (William Bailes), 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Family and Friends Time will be held at Money & King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Avenue, West, Vienna, VA on Sunday, November 24 between 2pm and 4pm. Funeral services will be held at Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, Virginia at 1pm on Monday November 25. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, online at [email protected] or 212-763-5779.