Tony N. Janji
June 26th, 1940 – November 06th, 2021
This is the story of Tony Janji. Tony was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed and will always be cherished by the people who loved him the most. Tony’s story starts on June 26th, 1940, the eldest child to Georgette Janji-Vassilaros. Growing up during complicated times in Egypt, Tony struggled through the economic hardships that he was born into. He strived for change and knew that hard work, dedication and gaining a proper education was the fuel to achieving his passion for a new and better life. Moving to Canada at the young age of 25 years old, Tony quickly made moves to secure his dream. Finding his footing and eventually meeting the love of his life Jo Ann (nee Harpell) nearly five years after settling to Canada, the happy new couple started their dream of raising a family.
Tony had a strong passion for life and played and enjoyed multiple types of sports growing up. This drove him to further cultivate his love for soccer and weightlifting. Just when you think he couldn’t have had any more hidden talents, Tony picked up his first guitar and quickly became a self-taught musical artist. Having a consistent balance of work, love of music and physical activity was an extremely important combination for this driven young man.
In 1980, after raising two young boys in Canada, the Janji family had a unique opportunity to move to California. Packing up everything they owned, Jo Ann and Tony took their two young boys Mark and Steven to the United States and never looked back. Tony and Jo Ann left behind multiple beloved family members and friends for this new chapter and opportunity that was presented to them.
He is survived by his loving wife Jo Ann Janji, sons Mark and Steven Janji, brother Fraid Vassilaros, and granddaughters Sophia and Lola Janji.
Tony passed away unexpectedly Saturday November 6th, 2021 at the age of 81. His life will be celebrated on Sunday November 28th, 2021 at 2pm by his family and friends from all over the world. Please help us celebrate a man who has such a gusto for life, love of food, and one of the most infectious laughs that will never be forgotten.