Theodore Sarosy Sr.
September 22, 1930 – July 23, 2019
Theodore Sarosy Sr. passed away on July 23rd at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on September 22, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio to Ina and John Sarosy Sr. He proudly served our country as a veteran of the Korean War. He married the love of his life, Norma L (Bushman) Sarosy on January 19, 1952. Together they raised six children. He was the owner of Sign Asylum for many years until he devoted all of his time to work for Jim Boniminio at Jungle Jim’s International Market. His legendary oversized, creative displays, and signage continue to delight customers at both stores. He is survived by children; Theodore Sarosy Jr. (Pamela), Terry Sarosy (Victoria), Teya Salter, Todd Sarosy (Marie), and Tyra Sarosy (Rob Allen), eight grandchildren; Nikolas Sarosy (Christine), Kristina Whitney (Joshua), Bethany Sarosy, Kyle Salter (Angela), Erika Salter, Patrick Salter, Eric Sarosy (Alison), and Adam Sarosy (Courtney), nine great grandchildren; Jackson, Milo, Theodora, Aspen, Sebastian, Braden, Elizabeth, Eva, and Ella. He was preceded in death by his wife Norma of 58 years, daughter Tamra Sarosy, and grandson Matthew Varelmann. A Gathering will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 2pm until 3pm at the Rose Hill Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will follow on Sunday at 3pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Hospice of Cincinnati.
- Theodore is survived by children; Theodore Sarosy Jr (Pamela), Terry Sarosy (Victoria), Teya Salter, Todd Sarosy (Marie), and Tyra Sarosy (Rob Allen), eight grandchildren; Nikolas Sarosy (Christine), Kristina Whitney (Joshua), Bethany Sarosy, Kyle Salter (Angela), Erika Salter, Patrick Salter, Eric Sarosy (Alison), and Adam Sarosy (Courtney), nine great grandchildren; Jackson, Milo, Theodora, Aspen, Sebastian, Braden, Elizabeth, Eva, and Ella.
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- Hospice of Cincinnati
- Gathering Sunday, July 28, 2019
- Memorial Service Sunday, July 28, 2019
Theodore Sarosy Sr.
July 28, 2019
Our condolences to Todd and the entire Sarosy family for the loss of your Dad, Grandpa or Uncle that was so proud of you all. My experience with Ted was over fourteen years ago while he was attending an auction buying some unique treasures for Jungle Jim's from us. Instead, there was semi loads of party supplies and talked him into bidding on them for resale in the Fairfield store. He won them, afterwards he shared how Jungle will go nuts,but long story short the stuff made tons of sales and lead to other deals. I always asked Ted about his family and seen his smile while replying to me. He knew my passion of finding the unusual of larger than life fiberglass figures for myself or Jungle Jim for his stores. He laughed say" Michael, what stuff now you hauling in to sell Jungle " we both laugh along with Todd because, each item came with Ted's opportunity for a new creative adventure. After, Todd called me about his Dad passing recently I visited the Jungle Jim's in Fairfield just to remember Ted seeing his past projects throughout the store . He is an old school Artist and very talented so everytime I visited the fab shop was exciting. Ted may have left this world to heaven, but he is alive forever in your hearts,minds and throughout the world of Jungle Jim's. Lookup from the ground floor of the deli department at the Fairfield location of Jungle Jim's you will see a mural with his love of his life wife Nora and he's in the scene too. God bless you all...
July 27, 2019
Mr Sarosy was not only a very talented signage artist, he was an amazing illustrator. I remember an illustration that I always admired. It was a collage of illustrated portraits of each of the Sarosy kids that was layed out in a creatively designed manner. I would have loved to be even a bit as talented as he was. I learned freehand lettering, how to silk screen and an appreciation for typography (text) from him. He would let me watch him work for what seemed to be hours. Once in awhile he would let some kids from the neighborhood work for him. The biggest job I recall were these giant signs when the Red’s won the World Series. When I was creating my portfolio as a sr in high school, in order to apply for art school, He took the time to review my portfolio. I also recall a conversation about having my artwork
critiqued, not to take it personal, use it as a way to improve upon my skills. Years later I’m so glad I stopped by the Sign Asylum and thanked him for teaching me so much. He just smiled and said something humble I’m sure. 😉 he was a great artist and I consider him one of my mentors. I’ve thought of him over the years with a smile and a feeling of being blessed he mentored me and encouraged me to practice practice. I have Great memories with the Sarosy kids (and Kim Berter of course 😉 ) hanging out at the Sarosy’s, Berter’s and Witt’s on Shearwater Drive. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the Sarosy’s. ❣️
July 25, 2019
My grandfather was always kind to me. He was always happy to see me and always answered my questions when I watched him work. My happiest memories are watching him make something, then trying to replicate it. I'll never be able to paint as well or as effortlessly as you grandpa, but I will try to live up to what you taught me. I'll never forget our time together, I love you.
July 25, 2019
What a great example of a father, grandfather and great grandfather. A real family man! I enjoyed visiting home and going to see him in action at Jungle Jim’s to see what he was working on. I love walking the store and looking at all his handy work. He was an outstanding artist! I am so grateful we were able to spend his last days together. He will be missed dearly by everyone that has had the privilege of knowing him.
We love you Grandpa!