John Gilbert Dankos

April 6, 1929August 21, 2013

Dankos, John G. 84, passed peacefully Wednesday, August 21, 2013 with his devoted companion Karen Millican at his side. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years Theresa Henicheck Dankos.He is survived by his children, John Jr. (Darlene), Mark (Karen), Glenn (Jan), Tracey Brock (Tony), Holly Angel; 2 brothers William (Slim) and Jerry; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren who knew him as Pop-Pop; and many nieces and nephews.

John was born and raised in Ashley, PA. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving with the Second Infantry Division in Korea. John and Theresa were the founders of the Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House Restaurants and Regency V Hotel Company. Among many other accomplishments he served as: President of the Lakeside Lions Club; Richmond Boys Club board member; President of the North Chamberlayne Civic Association; Director of Ramada Inns, Inc.; President of the Virginia Restaurant Association; Chairman and President of the National Tobacco Festival; President of the National Restaurant Association; and a member of The Capital Region Airport Commission. He received an honorary doctorate in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University and was twice named as “Virginia Restaurateur of the Year” by the Virginia Restaurant Association. John was a gracious host to all, a natural born actor and enjoyed spending time with family and friends at “Twin Oaks Cove” on the Rappahannock River. To his family and friends he leaves the precious gifts of a great sense of humor and finding simple joy in a good practical joke. He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Henrico Christmas Mother P.O. Box 70338 Henrico, VA 23255-0338. The family will receive friends Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 5-7:30p.m., at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd. where a memorial service will be held Monday August 26, 2013 at 10:00a.m. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Sunday, August 25, 2013
  • A Memorial Service Monday, August 26, 2013

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Len Tuck

September 3, 2013

To all in the Dankos family, I am so sorry to learn of your father's passing. Mr. and Mrs. Dankos were supportive of the community in so many ways, going back to hosting Key Club meetings on Route 1 and later when I had the privilege of practicing law with Mark. You all are blessed. Take care.

Dave Martin

August 31, 2013

Condolences to the Dankos family for your loss. I only knew John from my days as a young bartender at The Dominion Club. He was a very kind, generous man, my favorite member. He always had a kind word and was remarkably funny. I never forgot his charm and wit. Rest in peace Mr. Dankos.

Bob & Karen Carraway

August 26, 2013

Jackie and Family,
We are sorry for your loss, please accept our sincere condolences.

Larry and Zani Autry

August 26, 2013

Glenn, and family,
We are sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great contributor to the restaurant industry, and will be remembered for all that he did. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Andy & Vicki LeMaster

August 25, 2013

Thoughts and prayers to the Family and Friends of Mr.Dankos. Karen we are sorry for your loss.

Muhammad Harisuddin

August 25, 2013

My name is Muhammad Harisuddin. Mr Dankos knew me as Albert Harris. He gave me my first summer and after school job when I was 16yo back in 1961 at the restaurant on #1 Hwy in Glen Allen, Va. In hindsight, I learned a lot from this experience even though this wasn't the best of periods for "Black" employees. Mr Dankos along with his lovely wife Theresa, treated me well and I'm grateful. May he Rest in Peace and G-d forgive all of us our shortcomings and sins. If there is Restaurant in heaven, Mr Dankos will probably be the owner/manager.

August 25, 2013

John, Mark and family, so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you, Barbara Thornburg Adams

Susan Valencia - W.

August 24, 2013

He was a very generous man of the world - a great man - now, it's the end of an Era. He will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to have known him.

August 24, 2013

Our condolences go out to your family. John was a great and faithful customer to my father and myself for many, many years.

The Elkins family

Jan Jaeger

August 24, 2013

It was a pleasure to have known your father for many years. He was a wonderful, kind and generous man, who dearly loved his family and who contributed much to make the world a better place for all. He will be profoundly missed, but always fondly remembered by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
With Deepest Sympathy to the entire family at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.