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Godspeed John Gioia (Nov. 11, 1932-Dec. 26, 2008)

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john_gioia02Sad news that John Gioia passed away on Dec. 26 after a battle with cancer. He was 76.

Gioia is probably best known for creating the firm that bears his name, Robbins Gioia, which focuses on helping agencies with program management issues — something that was really unheard of at the time.

A good friend of mine simply said, “Very sad. He was a true gentleman who built an incredibly successful company after a distinguished government career. He will be missed.”

I have posted the notice below… but after the break, I have the very classy note that Robbins Gioia posted… and the note the family sent around that has information on arrangements…

The Gioia family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to USO-Metro. You can donate online at by selecting Donate from the menu. You will be able to specify that your donation is in memory of John Gioia.

Here is the death notice as posted in the Washington Post:

John Gioia

GIOIA JOHN GIOIA Colonel Air Force, retired of Alexandria, VA and North Palm Beach Florida died on Friday December 26, 2008. Husband of Patty Gioia. Father of Eric Gioia and his wife Piper. Grandfather of Parker, Luke and John-Austin Gioia; son of Mary Gioia and brother of Sal and Jerry Gioia. Friends may call at the Demaine Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 where the family will be present on Friday January 2, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday January 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. where funeral services will begin at 12 p.m. Graveside services with Full Military Honors will be held on Monday January 26, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to USO Metro, PO Box 1710, Fort Myer, VA 22211.

Much more after the break…
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Written by cdorobek

December 31, 2008 at 12:39 PM

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