Dr. John Tom Keriotis, II
August 23, 1962 – June 16, 2019
John Tom Keriotis, II, 56, passed from his life on earth on Father’s day, Sunday June 16, 2019 after a difficult and courageous seven month battle with cancer. He faced seemingly devastating circumstances with courage, and subtle humor which had always sustained him. When he died, he was in his Vestavia Hills, Alabama home, surrounded by loving family. John’s life can be understood in the context of three themes: he was a self-taught builder, a maker of things beautiful and useful; he had an adventurous spirit that brought fun and excitement to his profession as well as his personal life. Born August 23, 1962 to parents John Tom and Shirley (Kremer) Keriotis. John was the youngest and only boy among four siblings. He graduated from Central Township High School (Central, PA) in 1982, where he was inducted to the National Honor Society and was a member of the football team. The next step for John, began with curiosity about a career in a health profession. This prompted a big adventurous leap to the Deep South; The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with double major in Mathematics/Natural Science in spring 1986. John embraced southern culture and continued his education at UAB, earning the advanced degree conferring the title Doctor John T. Keriotis, Doctor of Optometry (OD) on June 3, 1990. While in Birmingham, he met the love of his life and began a romantic 8 year long distance relationship with Annie, before getting married in 1994. In May, they celebrated 25 years of wonderful life together with plans to be partners for life into their retirement years. Their careers led them to live in VA and SC as Annie completed her obligations with the United States Navy and medical residency/fellowship. They eventually returned back to Birmingham in 2000 with hopes of finally settling down. John practiced optometry as a corporate employee at four companies to facilitate easy employment transitions. It took a few years, but eventually John was able to embark on a personal, entrepreneurial adventure. He opened a private solo practice in Vestavia. He built it from the floor up, all by himself. He built: beautiful mahogany veneered eyeglass frame displays with self-taught woodworking skills; reception desks; computer networks, vendor contracts, and countless other important things. Crucially, he built relationships with patients who trusted him with caring for their vision. John was a humble man, a wonderful husband to Annie and devoted, loving father to Nicholas and Isabelle. What he cherished most was family time together as he attended and participated in all his children’s school and church functions and activities. He was so giving of his time and talent as his hobbies of woodworking and grilling barbeques were often dearly requested and enjoyed by his family and closest friends. John lived a full life and ensured memorable and quality time were spent with his family even as he battled thru his cancer. His ODWA (Doctors of Optometry with an Attitude) friends knew him best for with his quick wit and great sense of humor. They loved him for his kind and gentle personality as they shared such a strong bond of love and friendship. Ultimately, John built a life well spent. He built a family worthy of careful examination. If you engage in that examination, you will conclude that it was a life and a family worthy of admiration, even emulation. Dr. John Keriotis, is survived by his amazing wife, Dr. Annie Keriotis, his two wonderful children, Nicholas A. Keriotis and Isabelle G. Keriotis. He is also survived by his mother, Ms. Shirley Kremer and three sisters; Kathy Weaver (Rod); Michelle Fattore (John); and Kim Worsley (Tommy). John was preceded in death by his father, John Tom Keriotis. Funeral arrangements for Dr. Keriotis are as follows: A Visitation at Ridout’s Valley Chapel, 1800 Oxmoor, RD, Homewood, Alabama, 35209, Friday, Jun 21, 2019, 5:00-7:00 PM. You may contact the Chapel at 205-879-3401. Funeral Mass will be at 1:00 PM, Saturday, Jun 22, 2019, at Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 7340 Cahaba Valley RD (HWY 119), Birmingham, AL 35242. A late lunch for attendees will be provided following mass, at the Keriotis’ house. John, all of your family and friends will miss you dearly. You will be always be in our hearts. Our prayer is that your soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, may rest in peace, Amen.
Memorials in memory of Dr. Keriotis may be made at https://www.curemeso.org/donate/tribute-pages/
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Dr. John Tom Keriotis, II
June 16, 2020
John, we still love and miss you dearly. Your friendship and all the great times Steve and I shared with you and Annie will never be forgotten.
Cindy & Steve
December 12, 2019
I was deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing. I didn’t know him closely in the latter years or in his professional career but knew him well in the early years due to scouts, grade school, Jr. and Sr. High school. I ran into him on facebook several years back and we had numerous chats about the old days which brought back many good memories of times past. John was always one of the good guys. My sincerest condolences to the family.
June 25, 2019
So sorry to hear about John's passing. I was his oldest cousin by 14 years and have lived in Colorado for all his adult life. The few times we did get together in Aliquippa he was very upbeat and always spoke about how he has loved his family and his successful Optometry career. He loved living in Alabama as I had early in my career in the Garment industry. My condolences to everyone that knew and loved John.
June 23, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time..
Liberty Park Elementary
June 22, 2019
John was a person who would brighten my day, I think he did that for every person he encountered. He shared freely his love for his family, and I travelled with them on their adventures through his social media posts.
He was a brilliant doctor, someone that many of us used to message to ask for help.
RIP, John, till we meet again.
June 21, 2019
I had the opportunity working with John at the Laurel Eye Clinic in PA.
He was a great eye doctor and a loving considerate person!!
I still will remember after I had my daughter in Aug. 1992, he thought I needed a break and he, my husband and got together and met out away from work :)
While we were having a conversation while out...a comment I still cherish and remember is " don't sugar coat it" is what John said to me! The blunt outspoken person I am :)
One more humor on his side is after I had my baby, while still in the hospital he came to see me.
While there visiting he and my husband changed her diaper, but then after the nurse came in the room, she informed them it was put on backwards...that made my day!!
GONE but NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!
MEMORIES will LAST!!
June 20, 2019
John, you were an outstanding mentor to me when I started UABSO in 1987-91. Always patient and kind...and funny! I will miss you my friend and colleague, you were special.
Garrison Meighen, OD
June 20, 2019
Please accept my condolences on the passing of John. He and I shared some interesting experiences on our externship in Jacksonville, AL. It was always a joy to catch up on life when I would run into him at meetings. Please know your family is in our prayers.
June 18, 2019
John - We cannot believe you are gone. Steve & I will miss you dearly. We will so miss your smile, quit wit, and sense of humor (even when you were giving me a hard time). We will miss all our Friday night dinners with you and Annie just talking and laughing together. We will miss our vacations to the beach and all our other adventures. We will miss seeing your next “Master Craftsman” project. We will also miss your delicious hummus and BBQ. John, you were such an amazing person and we are blessed to have had you as a friend. May peace be with you.
We love you dearly,
Cindy, Steve, Jonathan, Connor, & Ian
June 17, 2019
Knowing that you are home with your Heavenly Father will hopefully bring comfort to those who mourn.
You touched the world with your big smile, kind heart and soul.
I appreciated the time we spent together on our long car rides back from UAB to western Pa. I am honestly blessed to call you a friend and a fellow UAB SO Alum.