“Jimmy,” 50, of Lorton, VA, passed
away unexpectedly on April 7, 2019 at Washington
Hospital Center after a brief illness. He is survived by
his wife Jeannette and five daughters: Emily (14),
Natalie (14), Jayda (13), Isabella (10), and Jazmyn (8),
and Ana, mother of Emily, Natalie and Isabella; brothers
John Di Giulian and wife Amy of Springfield, Tommy Di
Giulian and wife Mona of Catawba, Matthew Di Giulian and
wife Debbie of Beckley, WV, and sister Casey (Di Giulian)
Combs of Woodbridge. He was preceded in death by his
parents Holly Hooe and John Peter Di Giulian of Lorton.
To send flowers to the family of James Walter Di Giulian,
Jimmy was born at Fairfax Hospital on September 8, 1968
to proud parents who raised Jimmy and his four siblings
in Springfield, Virginia. He briefly attended St.
Bernadette’s Catholic Church for elementary school
before he transferred to Garfield Elementary, Key
Intermediate, and ultimately R. E. Lee High School where
in 1987 he proudly graduated. At a young age Jimmy
started playing baseball for Springfield Little League
and football for Springfield Youth Club. Jimmy played
both baseball and football in high school and also
developed a passion for wrestling. Upon graduating, he
continued to play baseball for the Pioneer League. As
long as it would allow and as long as he was able to, he
drove his prized “Little Red Express” truck that he was
well known for by friends and family alike.
Following graduation Jimmy worked on Meadowood Farm as a
ranch hand. After a couple years, he started working as
a plumber’s apprentice and went to trade school to
become a Master Plumber and Gas Pipe Fitter. He worked
for Kittleberger and Son Plumbing before starting his
very own business—Di Giulian Plumbing. Jimmy grew his
business and customer base over the years and enjoyed
serving the people in his community. He was finally
given the great opportunity to return to Kittleberger
and son where he worked until his death.
Despite having attended the same high school and having
many of the same friends, Jimmy and Jeannette didn’t
officially meet until Jimmy came to do a routine
plumbing house call in 2015. What should have taken 15
minutes turned into several hours of conversation and
finally-dating. They were married at Grace Bible Church
on March 11, 2017 and lived a busy and fulfilling life
together until his passing.
Throughout his life, Jimmy loved country music and
enjoyed attending concerts with friends and family.
After reconnecting with Jeannette, he became a fan of
her music as well and was even ‘on the rail’ at his
first Metallica show. He thoroughly enjoyed watching
Potomac Nationals and Washington Nationals baseball,
Virginia Tech football and Nascar races (rooting for
Denny Hamlin). Jimmy was an excellent coach for his
girls in baseball and softball, even tried to understand
and help with soccer, and worked with his girls for
years as a registered Girl Scout. He enjoyed reading the
Bible, historical literature and fiction novels.
Jimmy came to the Christian faith at Grace Bible Church
in Lorton. He participated in a local home group and
recently attended a men’s retreat. Jimmy was baptized
there in 2017 and regularly attended with his girls
until he went to be with the Lord.