Rev. Fr. James A. Foreso (Fr. Jimi), 47, Centennial, passed away Nov. 30, 2018, after an extended battle with glioblastoma brain cancer.
He was born in Washington, D.C., Dec. 30, 1970, the son of James T. and Julia A. (Verbonitz) Foreso. On June 15, 1996, he married Eleni Francis at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, Va.
Surviving are his wife, Eleni and three children, Karas, Kayla, and James T. II (JT) of Centennial; his parents, James and Julia (Verbonitz) Foreso, his sister Patricia Radmann (husband Jason) all of Williamsburg, Penn.; his parents-in-law, William and Jeannie (Karas) Francis; his brother-in-law Michael Francis (wife Jennifer) of Allen, Texas; his sisters-in-law, Tessie Duran (husband Tony) and Carrie Bing (husband Paul) of Albuquerque, N.M., nieces and nephews: Tyler, Miranda, Abigail, Matthew, Julianna, William, Lucy and Jenna and many aunts and uncles.
Fr. Jimi was a 1989 graduate of Chantilly High School, Chantilly, Va, and a 1996 graduate of George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. On August 4, 2011 he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate of the Greek Orthodox Church. In 2012 he graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, Boston, Mass. with a Master of Divinity and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood of the Greek Orthodox Church April 25, 2014, and assigned to St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, Greenwood Village.
Friends were received Dec. 4 at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 5555 S. Yosemite St., Greenwood Village starting with morning prayers, followed by Liturgy and the funeral service Dec. 5. The family prefers in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to The Iconography Project, St. Catherine Orthodox Church, 5555 S. Yosemite St., Greenwood Village.
Father Jimi was insistent that people be happy and full of laughter — he even made jokes at the altar. He always wanted everyone to feel loved, welcomed and accepted. He loved youth events for the church more than words can describe, he loved early morning softball games more than people will know, he loved crowded and noisy band rooms more than even the band kids did. He was committed in all times of his life, always turning to his faith for support. He wasn’t just a father to his own children but also to his friends and the youth of the church. He changed countless lives just by his smile, which was somehow both mischievous and sweet. If you ever needed somebody who would just listen without judgment, he was there. He is forever in our hearts. “Have fun storming the castle.”
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