James Anthony Sabatino Sr.

June 27, 1929October 3, 2020
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James A Sabatino, Sr, 91, of Fairfax, Virginia passed away peacefully at home on Saturday October 3, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born in Dayton, Kentucky to the late Anthony and Anna Berry Sabatino. He was raised in Newport, Kentucky. After living in Germany and Ohio, Jim moved to Fairfax County in 1960 and has been an active member of the Fairfax community ever since.

Jim’s life-long love of airplanes began as a teen when he worked at Cincinnati Airport as a baggage handler for Delta Airlines. This led him to join the Air Force where during the Korean War he became an air traffic controller in Germany. When he left the Air Force he became an air traffic controller with the Civil Aeronautics Authority, later the Federal Aviation Administration. As a controller Jim worked at Cleveland Airport, the Greater Cincinnati Airport, National Airport, and retired from Dulles Airport. After his retirement from the FAA in the mid-1980s, Jim bought a fixed wing Cessna, learned to fly, and earned his private pilot license. Jim’s second career was Real Estate. He worked for Singleton, Century 21, Mount Vernon, and Weichert Realties. He was a Broker and mentored many in the field. He served as an NV-RPAC Trustee and was a member of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Grievance Committee. In the 80s Jim established his own property management company, Champions Real Estate, and continued to run the company until 2019.

Community and people were so very important to Jim. Jim earned a Kentucky Colonel designation for his work as the Lion’s Club Sight Conservation Chairman. He was an avid sports fan and was one of the first coaches in the newly formed Fairfax Little League. He served as an elder at Fairfax Presbyterian, coached the church softball team, and was a long-time member of the choir. He enjoyed being a member of the Redskins Singers for several seasons. He volunteered at George Mason University counseling students in need of a friendly ear. He enjoyed golf and was a starter at Oak Marr golf center. One of his greatest loves was being a volunteer for the Northern Virginia Swim League and for over 40 years Jim was an Official and the Starter for the Villa Aquatic Swim team.

Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife of 46 years Charlotte Baker Sabatino. Jim is survived by 7 children - Sharon Noah, James A Sabatino Jr, Michael Wilds, Michael Sabatino, Larry Wilds and his wife Robin, Bruce Wilds and his wife Vicky, and Anne Elliot and her husband James; 15 grandchildren Tim Klix, Jamie Sabatino, James Noah and his wife Mary Ann, Lauren Chevalier and her husband Brian, Jessica Sabatino, Tony Sabatino and his wife Kristinha, Michael Sabatino and his wife Josi, Michelle Wilds, Jonathan Sabatino, Carter Elliot, James Elliot, Andrew Wilds, Charlotte Elliot, Sophia Wilds, and Alexis Wilds; 9 great-grandchildren Tyler Klix, Joshua Noah, Katie Kincaid her husband Wade, Christian Sabatino, Madeleine Sabatino, James Sabatino, Jack Chevalier, Killian Sabatino, and Ryan Chevalier; and 1 great-great-grandchild, Levi Kincaid.

Friends may call Friday, October 16, 2020 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Demaine Funeral Home, 10565 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030. Attendance at the church will be limited to 125 with social distancing and masks required. For those who are not able to attend, a livestream of the service will be available at the following link: Interment will follow in the Fairfax City Cemetery.

If you would like to donate in lieu of flowers please give to the American Stroke Association.


  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020



James Anthony Sabatino Sr.

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Ellen Turner

October 16, 2020

We all lost an incredible man the day Jim died. He was funny,kind, compassionate, full of life and full of love for others . Even in the toughest of times in his life when he was losing his vision and was bound to a wheelchair, he was always putting others first. He was very inspirational to me and still is. I'm going to miss the long conversations that we had sitting in his kitchen table while going through his mail. I'm going to miss the way he would tell a joke and then he would laugh like this ".hee hee hee," I'm going to miss him singing at the top of his lungs to John Denver's country roads, And I'm going to miss him saying "God loves you and so do I" before hanging up the phone. I am grateful for the help he gave me in dealing with my fathers death and so much more. Jim, I love you and I am going to miss you terribly Until we meet again my friend!

Leticia de Hoyos

October 12, 2020

I first met Jim when he was acting as a caregiver for his wife. That was the beginning of a friendship it would last for the rest of his life. Some of the things that I recall about him are that he always spoke highly of his family, and was proud of his Christian faith. He always had kind things to say to people, and freely offered advice when he thought he could help. If he thought you were having a bad day he would do his best to cheer you up. Jim had a one-of-a-kind personality, and would joke, saying “you’ll never find another one like me.“ He was right. He also had a sly sense of humor, which I appreciated, and it made me laugh. He was a hard worker, but a gentle man. He was also a generous person, who knew how to make people feel special, and he left them with good feelings and wonderful memories. I’m happy to have known you, Jim, and I’ll miss you.

Lynne Sawyer

October 11, 2020

Mr. Sab. Thank you.. Thank you for your big, welcoming heart, your kindness, and all the great memories of our families - beach trips, 4th of July crabs and fireworks, holidays, and always your smile and sense of humor. You and Mrs. Sab were like another set of parents to me and I am very grateful for your help, support and words of advice over the years. You had a way of making people feel special that will never be forgotten. I know you and Mrs. Sab are finally together again, sharing a laugh and a hug, and watching over your amazing family. Until we are all together again, I love you.

Connie Vanderpool

October 10, 2020

When I started my career in RE 31 years ago, Jim and Charlotte were a few of the Realtors that are memorable to me. Jim always had a sense of humor and a wonderful personal touch to his business. An Icon in the Virginia business for so many years. He will be missed.

James Elliot Jr

October 9, 2020

I will never forget when he was arguing balls and strikes at my little league game with an older umpire and told him “You’re too old to have that thin of skin.” I also loved hearing stories of his days as an air traffic controller or of his days flying with my grandmother Charlotte.

Anne & Tim Tarzier

October 6, 2020

Jim and Charlotte were two of our favorites. Kinder people we've rarely known. They were our trusted agents, dear friends and Jim was, for many years, our mischievous Fairfax Pres. choir buddy. We remember them as a pair because they were so devoted to each other and were greater together than just two people. We now rejoice that they are together again. Their smiles will linger in our hearts and the good they left behind them will echo for years to come.

Valerie and Jim Olszewski

October 5, 2020

Jim and I have many wonderful memories of Mr. Sab. We will miss his great sense of humor, kindness, and friendship.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sabatino family during this difficult time.


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