John Thomas “Popo” Aguras was born on November 27, 1925, in San Francisco, California, and passed away suddenly on October 18, 2012, from injuries sustained in a car accident. He lived almost 87 full years, remaining strong, active, and full of life right up until his passing.
After proudly serving his country in World War II, John became a commercial truck driver. When he retired and moved to Florida to be near his only child, Melissa, he found a new occupation as her permanent handyman. He was always involved in some project or another, even surprising his daughter with repairs she had not yet approved, loving to get a rise out of her. He loved not only tinkering with his many projects but also playing golf, eating sweets, and talking to everyone. He was truly a friend to all, and a stranger to none, giving almost everyone he knew some kind of nickname.
John was preceded in death by his loyal best friend Jakob (his longtime yellow lab) and by his former wife, Mavis Butts, who gave him the daughter he adored, Melissa Lynn Ramsey. He reminded Melissa, whom he affectionately called “Polliwog,” of their special bond every single week with a bouquet of flowers. Popo also cherished his three precious grandchildren, MaKayla Elissa Ramsey, who inherited his curly, thick hair; William Howard Ramsey III, who has his Popo’s tender heart; and MaLena Lynn Ramsey, who got his stubborn playfulness. He will also be especially missed by his devoted friends Harry Lee Smith and Jimmy “Fix It” Cox, along with everyone at Sacred Heart Cafeteria.
Services will be held 3:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 24, at Oak Grove Church. The family asks that you join in celebrating the life of John Thomas Aguras, by wearing the cheerful colors of life and that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Popo do so by performing a random act of kindness for someone in need. John’s family will scatter his ashes at sea and with Mavis at Holly Hill Cemetery.