John George Magiros, a longtime Ellicott City businessman and resident, died peacefully at his Ellicott City home on September 2, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was 95 years old. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Minnie Valmas; brother Peter Magiros, of Greenville, South Carolina; his three children Anne Sfakianos (John) of Ellicott City, Maryland; Eve Magiros, M.D. of Biloxi, Mississippi and George Magiros (Sheila) of Columbia, Maryland. He also leaves four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
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Born in Ellicott City in 1924, John was awarded the Simon Prize in practical chemistry from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy which he graduated from in 1948. He also served in the Navy during World War II. He went into business for himself in 1957 with Magiros Pharmacy on Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City. After 15 years at the location he moved the store in the Village Green Shopping Center on Rt. 40 until his retirement.
John was a devoted family man and he enjoyed community involvement as a Rotarian. He was affectionately known as “Doc” by his customers and friends throughout the country.
Friends may call at Slack Funeral Home, P.A., 3871 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043, on Friday September 6, 2019 from 5-9 pm with the Trisagion at 5:30 pm. Visitation will also be held on Saturday September 7, 2019 at the Chapel of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation Cemetery, 5917 Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore, MD 21207 from 10-10:30 am with the funeral services beginning at 10:30 am. Interment will follow in the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 24 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201 in memory of John G. Magiros