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John (Giovanni) (aka 'The Doc') Strangis, 73, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Monday June 20, 2016 at his residence. Born in Nicastro (Lamezia Terme), Calabria, Italy, he was the son of the late Francesco and Veneranda (Girardo) Strangis.
John was raised in Italy until age 14. He came to America in 1957 with his mother Veneranda and brother Peter. He married his wife, Maria (Cugnetto) Strangis, in 1965 in Italy, and brought her to America for a better life.
John is remembered as a very hard working man. He owned and operated Doc's Sports Bar in Niagara Falls from 1992 to 2008. Prior to that, he worked as a bartender and beverage manager at many local hotels including the Ramada, the Red Coach Inn and the Treadway Inn. John was a member of the Cristoforo Colombo Society and avid fan of the Italian soccer team Juventus. Most of all, John will be remembered as a generous and good hearted man who was beloved and devoted as father, husband, nonno, and friend.
In addition to his wife of 51 years, John is survived by his three children, Franco (Wendi) Strangis, John Peter Strangis, and Susie Strangis. Mr. Strangis was predeceased by one daughter, Vanda Strangis Fioramonte (late Antonino Fioramonte); seven grandchildren, Edoardo (Amanda) Fioramonte, Giovanni Fioramonte, Christopher Strangis, Luca Strangis, Dante Strangis, Jaden King, and Milani Bell; one brother, Pietro 'Pete' (Maria) Strangis; one aunt in Australia, one uncle in Argentina, cousins in Canada, and nieces, nephews, and cousins in Nicastro (Lamezia Terme), Calabria, Italy.
Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 - 8 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY where funeral services will begin on Friday at 9:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Vincent de Paul Parish at Prince of Peace Church at 10 AM with Rev. Jeffery Nowak officiating. Entombment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY.
In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241, or American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Drive, Amherst, NY 14226.
Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.
Published on June 21, 2016
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