Johnny Noel Simancas Sr.
February 11, 1950 – January 27, 2018
Johnny Noel Simancas Sr, 67, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Georgetown Hospital surrounded by family after a tremendous fight against Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Johnny was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela on February 11, 1950. As much as this loss of Johnny pains his family and close friends, it is hard to cry a lot because Johnny lived a life always full of positive energy, laughing, joking and true joy for every moment. He was a true entrepreneur who lived and fulfilled his dreams– one would say the American Dream.
Johnny leaves a great void in his family, his close friends and all the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Hispanic Community. He arrived in Washington, DC in 1969 at a very young age with $200 dollars and the desire to learn English. His quest to keep studying and growing took him further, he graduated from American University and became a jack of all trades. He then found that his community, growing but small at that time, the Hispanic Community, needed help. He founded Hispanos Unidos of Virginia 40 years ago and ever since he contributed greatly to the community in all aspects from the delivery of clothing and food, teaching citizenship and other vocational classes, helping with immigration processes, preparing of taxes, translations, and the most valuable assistance was the guidance on how to live and work in the United States and be a positive contributor to the new country and home the Hispanic population had come to build for their family.
Johnny will live always in every laughter, positive thought, and the hands and hearts of the thousands of people who he helped change their life. His example has inspired many to follow in his vocation of Community Service and Outreach and to always do the best for people whenever you can, to lend a helping hand because it will come back to you, either in this life or the next tenfold. This way of life is his greatest legacy.
Johnny is survived by his wife Betty Simancas, his son Westley Simancas wife Jenny Simancas, his daughter Jennifer Simancas husband Patrick Judge, his grandson Sebastian Fierro and beloved granddaughter Sofia Simancas, his brother Ivan Simancas wife Diamora, and his sisters Edy Luz Simancas, Marisol Simancas, Ivet Simancas, along with many beloved nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his son Johnny Noel Simancas Jr., and parents Lorenzo and Tula Simancas. Wake/Visitation Wednesday, January 31, 2018 5:30pm-8:30pm at National Memorial Park 7482 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22042. Funeral Mass Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:00am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church 12805 Valleywood Dr, Lake Ridge, VA 22192. Burial to follow at 1:00pm at National Memorial Park 7482 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22042. Reception to follow 2:30pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church 12805 Valleywood Dr, Lake Ridge, VA 22192.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Team in Training Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in Johnny’s honor http://pages.teamintraining.org/ncfl/nj18/DWagner
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