John K. Zografos was born on September 15, 1929 in Doliana, Greece and passed away peacefully in his Houston home on May 25, 2021. Known to many as “Brother John” he will be forever missed by family and friends.
John served in the Greek Army after high school and with the inspiration of his uncle and mentor, Spiros Zografos, eventually immigrated to America in 1955. He worked at the Shamrock Hotel and told many stories of his time there. He met his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Alexandra, in Ioannina Greece. They married after four months in August 1962 and returned to start their family in Houston, Texas.
Following Shamrock, John worked in the restaurant business at Ship Ahoy and eventually joined his brother Theo at Cliff’s Café. Many fond family memories took place at Cliff’s café. His eldest sons eventually opened an automotive repair business, Zografos & Sons, where he remained a regular fixture for many years after retirement. Great stories and lots of coffee were shared by Brother John and the shop “regulars.”
John was a proud Greek and loved history, which he never hesitated to share with anyone who sat next to him long enough to listen. He was a parishioner at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral for over 55 years. John (or Pappou) will always be remembered for his jokes, funny one-liners and most importantly his love for his family.
John is survived by his wife, Alexandra, their children; Dino and and wife Leroy Zografos; Dimitri and wife Debbie Zografos’ Peter and wife Jennifer Zografos; Grandchildren; Alexandra and husband Nathan, Mitch, John, Nicholas and Great Grandchildren Averi, Gracie Mae, Lefteris, Clyde, Jack, sister-in-law Vicki Zografos, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings. The visitation will be held at 9:30AM on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 with the funeral service at 10:30AM at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The burial will take place following the ceremony at Forest Park Westheimer.
Pallbearers: Mitch Zografos, John Zografos, Nicholas Zografos, Dean Zografos, Nathan Holub and Mike Dewey
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be direct in John’s memory to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.