Obituary of John T Silo: 1953-2020

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John T. Silo, 67, of Jamestown, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday,
September 5, 2020.

An area resident for most of his life, he was born March 12, 1953 in Cleveland, OH, a son of the late Thomas and Afroditi Pippa Silo.

John graduated from Jamestown Community College with an associate’s degree in business and accounting in 1974 and then attended Cleveland State University studying business administration. He then enrolled in the dental technology school at Cuyahoga Community College graduating in 1977.

Before his retirement just last year, John owned and operated the Jamestown Dental Lab for over 20 years.

John was an active member of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church where he served as chairman of the Yassou Festival. He was an avid skier and an active member of the Holiday Valley Safety Patrol and the Jamestown Rifle Club. He was active in his community being a Junior Guilder dad and volunteering for the Busti Historical Society. He also loved cycling, which is what he was doing when he suddenly passed away.

John’s hobbies included home brewing both wine and beer (winning an award for his honey mead), snowshoeing, hiking, cooking, and traveling. John had a love for life and adventure and always kept busy visiting his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed tinkering around the house, traveling to Europe and around the United States, kayaking with his wife, making jewelry, (which included their wedding bands), and spending quality time with his many friends and family. The many people who knew John well knew that he was the type of person who would give you the shirt off his own back and was always there to lend a helping hand. If John would want people to learn anything from his sudden passing, it would be to be grateful for each day, try to find the positive in any situation, and hold your family and friends close

Surviving are his wife, and the love of his life of 43 years, Barbara A. Oliverio Silo whom he married July 2, 1977, a daughter; Renee S. (Trevor) Bricker of Charlottesville, VA, a son: Evan J. (Lauren) Silo of Philadelphia, PA, four beloved grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Papa John”, Giana and Jude Bricker of Charlottesville, Ben and Lila Silo of Philadelphia, a sister; Helen (John) Petro of Bay Village, OH, a niece; Athena Becker and a nephew; Mark Petro.

A private graveside service was held at the Lake View Cemetery. The Rev. Soterios Rousakis, pastor of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church officiated.

Friends were received in the Lind Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the John T. Silo Memorial Fund, c/o Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring St. Jamestown, NY 14701 or to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 264, Jamestown, NY 14701.