Constantine “Eddie” J. Jovan of Oak Park, 92, died peacefully on May 1, 2021. The son of the late James and Esther Jovan (Pappadakos), he was born Dec. 14, 1928, the second of three brothers, and grew up in Beverly and Oak Park. He attended Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he served as co-captain of the football team. Soon after graduating, he served in the Korean War. He delivered medical supplies on the battlefield and was promoted to Sergeant 1st Class on the 38th parallel.
Upon return from service, he managed the family motion picture theatre business. During this time, he earned a real estate brokerage license, picked up flying as a hobby, and earned a pilot’s license. Other hobbies included jogging, swimming, tennis, deep-sea fishing, and boating. He had a genuine love for art.
An active investor and longtime member of the Chicago Athletic Association, he prided himself on being an avid and dedicated athlete. He provided athletic routine advice to many, including attorneys, judges, politicians, and professional football players. He belonged to and frequented the Illinois Athletic Club, the Union League Club, and the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club. A longtime resident of Oak Park, he vacationed at his home on Lake Geneva and enjoyed vacationing and fishing with family and friends in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Michigan. A dedicated philanthropist, he supported Catholic Charities, Big Sisters of Chicago, Providence-St. Mel School, and other organizations.
Eddie is survived by his brother, William “Bill” Jovan; his sister-in-law, Mary Alice Jovan (Rankin); his nieces, Julie Jovan Sheerin (Patrick) and Heather Joyce Ebbott; his nephews, Fran Joyce and Peter Joyce; his great-nephews Judge Greyson Sheerin and Jackson Jovan Sheerin; and his sister-in-law Carol Joyce.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Catholic Charities, 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654 or to Big Sisters of Chicago, P.O. Box 5728, River Forest, IL 60305.
Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.