Mr.Skedros was my civics/homeroom teacher during my senior year at West. We who were his students owe much to his engaging style; always inviting comment and repartee, cultivating our critical capacities. I was later privileged to know him as an archon of our parish. During one of our last in- depth conversations, I asked him what he was reading, and he mentioned a recent history of the Roman republic, advising me 'you oughta take a look at it'. I read the library copy the very next week. He was right; it was a good book. We pray his memory will be eternal and I for one, will never forget him.
Dear Skedros Family,
I attended West High School and Mr. Skedros class in US History was one of my very favorite ones. He was a very good teacher. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this time.
I was privileged to be a student of Mr. Skedros at West High in the 60's....when so much was going on in our country and around the world. I remember the day the USS Pueblo was seized in January of 1968. We got a lot of mileage in our American Problems class out of that scenario. Everything he taught us was interesting and pertinent! I always looked forward to fourth period and his class. He had a way of teaching without one really realizing one was being taught! When I think of my years at West, I always think of Mr. Skedros, his teaching methods, his knowledge of History was phenomenal, and his humor. As a result, I have ALWAYS loved History! Thank you, Mr. Skedros, for your love and devotion to teaching! You were heard and we are all better for having heard you. Heaven must have been in need of a History lesson!! He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. Rest in Peace Master Teacher!
Dear Skedros Family.....I was a student teacher at West High School assigned to Con in the fall of 1979. Con was a great teacher, and a better person. He gave me sage advice about my chosen career, and life. He was such a character, he always had a twinkle in his eye, and a story to tell. I would see him occasionally at Dan's market and he would alway ask me if I was still shoplifting here! He has influenced many, many persons over the years, and I am one of them. Con is one of the reasons I have been in Catholic Education for last 33 years. I respect him a great deal, and I wish your family the best, God Bless you all.
I was so saddened to hear about Mr. Skedros and sorry I couldn't attend the funeral since I was out of town. What a kind and wonderful man. Each time I saw him, he would ask me how teaching was and always make me feel proud to be a teacher. My deepest condelences. May his memory be eternal.
Dessie Olson and family
Dear Skedros Family
I was a student of Mr. Skedros at West High School. What an amazing teacher and man! He was truly one of a kind and inspired many students-including both my parents. He retired with my graduation class of 1987 and we were thrilled to have him go out in style with us. He knew how to motivate us and expected nothing short of excellence.
I was reunited with him when I married into the Greek community 10 years later. I am blessed to have known him!
To The Skedros Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Skedros was such a wonderful teacher and such a gentleman.
To the Skedros Family.... Reading these pages you will see that he was special to so many... but he had the knack of making each of us feel that WE were the special ones... Always a smile, a keen look of interest, head bowed forward eagerly to catch every word we had to tell him about our lives since he last saw us... I new Mr Skedros from Holy Trinity Sunday School and he was a dear friend to my family (as he was to all of the Greek community) but I really came to know and appreciate him as a fine educator during my American Problems class in '64-'65. Those were eventful years in America and Con always encouraged us to think for our selves. He challenged us to examine how we had arrived at our beliefs and opinions but never judged. His enthusiasm for learning both about American as well as our shared Greek heritage made be proud to be part of both heritages. I looked forward to seeing him every year at Greek Festival. When my grand-daughter recently did a report on the '60's and her yiaya's place in that decade, I told her that it started with my most stimulating teacher, Mr. Skedros, in his American Problems class. To his family.. thank you for sharing him with us... Thank you Con... your memory will truly be eternal.
Rosann Mastoris Winther West High 1965
Sorry to hear of the passing of CON as I
knew him for many years, my sincere
sympathy to the family
Mr. Skedros was a marvelous teacher. Every class was an adventure in learning new and wonderful things. I had him for American Problems and will never forget the day he was called to the office and returned to class to tell us that President Kennedy had been shot. We all cried together and I realized at that moment how special he was and my life would be forever changed having him as my teacher. My deepest sympathy to the family. Your father's reach is probably felt all over the country.
I just learned of Mr. Skedros' passing last week, but as I read about his parents emigrating from Greece and his school days at East, as well as having taught me Utah history at Horace Mann and U.S. history at West, I mentally summed up those events: "From East to West in more ways than one, be it across the globe, the Great Plains, or across town." From my Jr. High days to my high school years, Mr. Skedros was one of my most memorable teachers at both schools. When I saw him again more than a quarter-century later, he barely seemed to have aged and he remembered me almost as if I had left his class just the day before. I'm sure I'll always remember him that way, too. He was a true educator who not only helped make this world a better place, but also the lives of those he touched along the way. And I'll always be grateful to know that mine was one of them -- as evidenced by his personal autograph on page 1 of my 1955-56 Horace Mann yearbook entitled, "MOMENTS TO REMEMBER" and my photo immediately behind his in our homeroom class picture of "Room 28" on page 22. It is difficult indeed to imagine I was ever that young, but the sun never fails in it's relentless trek from East to West, marking the daily experiences of life. The sun has now set for the last time in Mr. Skedros' experiences, but it will always shine brightly in the memories of those who knew him. Yet even so, his final curtain call for me won't occur until he has taught me posthumously, as the author of "100 Years of Faith and Fervor:..," with regard to the values of my many friends within the Greek community of Salt Lake -- and one in particular who taught me about the history of my own native state and country. I look forward to obtaining a copy of his book for my personal library as part of his lasting legacy that touched my life.
My deepest sympathy to the family as you contemplate his loss, but at the same time celebrate his life. May that East/West sun brighten each day of your lives with the healing memory of your loved one, whom I was only privileged to know as my teacher and friend. Yet my life was made the better for it and I've often talked about him over the course of many decades. I don't expect that will change in the future because he was truly one of my most unforgettable characters. I'll just have to include the final scene in his life from now on, but his legacy will forever speak to the world for itself.
Horace Mann Jr. High - Class of 1957
West High - Class of 1960
Mr. Skedros was a wonderful educator. He made history so interesting you couldn't help but learn from him. I would run into him at the Greek Festival and other events and he was always so friendly and interested in how our lives turned out. May his family know how many lives he has touched and left an impact on. I send my prayers Mr. Skedros family. My you always feel his wonderful spirit surround you.
West High Class of 65
Linda Putman Jepson
I remember Mr. Skedros teaching me all about history when I was a student at West High! He taught me alot and made me work hard for my grade :)
Dear Greg Skedros,
All of your old classmates at East High send their condolences and love to you at the passing of your brother, Con. I suspect most never knew him, but knowing you gives us insight into what kind of a man Con must have been. Please accept out combined love, respect and condolences at this sad time for you and your family.
Sincerely, Tom & Dwan Young, Class of '45
The deepest sympathy and our condolences to Mr. Gregory Skedros, Angela, Nia, James, Cindy and all family members and friends. It's a great loss for you, whole Greek community and Utahn s too.
Mr. Constantine Skedros left an incredible legacy for all of us. We can be proud of knowing him and being touched by his presence in our lives.
May his memory be eternal!
A natural at teaching - Mr. Skedros taught his students how to think and prepared me for college. I still remember his difficult essay tests. On test day he would get us started on our exam and then leave the room for quite awhile. On his return, he would alway shake his keys in the hall to let us know he was on his way. He trusted us and we did not want to let him down. May the Lord bless your family with peace and comfort.
I would like to offer my sincere condolances to the Skedros family.Mr Skedros was a wonderful educator and historian.He was my U.S.History teacher at West High School and I learned many valuable lessons from him about life.Also I was always excited to see him at the Greek Festival,he took the time to talk to me all about the museum and the photos that were on display one of which was a photo of my grandfather and grandmother ( Greek immigrants ) getting married in Carbon County.Will never forget how helpful he was.A great man has left us.God Bless
My favorite teacher at West! I appreciated his passion for teaching and his impact on my life. Peace to his family as you celebrate the life of this amazing man.
You have our sympathy, he was a wonderful
person, It sounds like he touched many
people thru there lifes.
THE HARRY PAPAGEORGE fAMILY, OGDEN, UTAH
It is amazing that one man had the love, spirit and energy to keep the history of our heritage alive. The history of our parents and grandparents would be lost if gentlemen like Constantine did not make the time to preserve so much history that would be lost. He leaves big "footprints"to follow. Hopefully, his family will be somewhat comforted knowing the LEGACY he has shared with all of us. Greg, your best friend will continue to be with you and all the relatives.
His memory WILL be eternal--
Chrisie and Jim
Our family is saddened by the passing of Con and extends deep sympathy, heartfelt prayers, and love to the Skedros family. Con's remarkable energy touched everyone in his presence with light, and he will be missed.
Mary Rhodes, Ken Dillon, Our Family
Dear Skedros Family:
We are so sorry to learn of the passing of your father. We had the privilege of knowing Anna (and in turn, Con, Cindy and family, when we worked together at the Bryner Clinic.
We have always had great admiration and respect for your family. May the Lord bless you during this difficult time.
Mike and Anne Margetts
I appreciated the many years of association with the Skedros family as Ann worked with us in the Bryner Clinic. We frequently saw members of the family as well. My condolences to all of you and may the Lord's blessings comfort you at thi time of your loss. A. Owen Smoot MD
I was a student in his US History class at West High School in 1985 and he was a great teacher. I learned so many things about our great country from him and I am sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers are with his family at this time, but be assured that your father was a great man and made an impact on my life.
I was so sorry to read about Mr. Skedros' passing. My thoughts are with all of the Skedros families.
I was honored to know Mr. Skedros at West High. Not only did he help us learn American history, he taught us to be involved and knowledgeable about the events of the day. A teacher you knew really cared, he was patient and caring and new how to motivate his students. He will be missed, but he has left an everlasting legacy through the lives of the students he taught. My prayers and condolences to the family.
Dear Skedros family: Mr. Skedros was my 6th grade teacher at Webster Elementary in Magna, UT in 1949. He was the kindest man to me as my father had been killed in an industrial accident where the Garfield Refinery is now in 1948. He was a very good teacher as history was my best subject we had a lot in common. So very sorry for your loss, praying for his family.
Verlene Del Porto
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Mr. Skedros classes. There was never a dull moment, he was very passionate about history and was able to bring that to the class.
Jennifer Roberts Mabey
Class of 79'
Thank you for all the help you gave me in school. You were so good to help slow students learn. Rest in peace.
Mr. Skedros was a great teacher ! I did get to see and talk to him a few years ago , he looked exactly the same ! Thanks Mr. Skedros I do actually remembering learning in your class !!
Thank you Skedros family for sharing this kind, and wonderful man with us.. I first knew him at West, and got to know him with our annual visits to the Greek Festival.. I have truly come to love and appreciate him.. May God bless you all.
Our dear friend Con has left an amazing legacy and served as an incredible example for all of us to learn from. His teaching continues, his knowledge still shared, and his love of family, friend, community and faith shines on in all who knew him. May the Skedros Family know we all grieve and smile when we think of the distinguished Con Skedros - Axios!
Mr.Skedros was ne of my favorite teachers. He really made history interesting. My prayers are with you at this time.
Mr. Skedros was one of my all time favorite teachers. Long after I graduated from West High, I would see him around Salt Lake and he would always speak to me as a friend. I loved this guy! Jane Sorensen Stetich
Con Skedros was a great pillar of our Greek community and the community at large. The many things that he has accomplished are far more than words can describe.
Skedros family, we have all lost a very special man, like no other. I'll miss seeing Con very much. He was concerned about everyone, such a kind and loving man. Our parish will not be the same. God bless all of you, and may his memory be eternal. To palikari.
My deep and sincere condolences go out to the entire Skedros family. Having known Con for many years, I must say he is one of the finest persons I have ever encountered in all my 82 years. His love, caring, and warmth for ALL of us is unequaled. I will miss visiting with him when I visit Salt Lake City. He was a wonder to behold! God Bless the family.
An amazing man, teacher and friend. A great loss for our community. A true descendant of the 300!
Cindy I am sorry to hear the passing of your father,I know him and your mother are together again. My mother loved your mother as they worked together at Bryner Clinic for many years.May God bless and comfort you and your family at this time.
What a great teacher Mr.Skedros was a great man, I liked his class when your young you do not appreciate what you have. May god be with his family through this time
Like the bird cast out
Stunned at its own falling and
Startled by its wings.
To the memory of the legend of West High School civics.
Don Welch Marsh
Class of 66
Greg: I am most sorry to hear of the passing of your brother "Con". "With firm
faith in the Supreme Grand Master, we know that we shall meet once more in the realms beyond the skies. Until then dear friend and brother, until then, farewell!
-Masonic Ancient Ceremonies-
FRED LANGE, DFC
I am very saddened by the loss of one of the pillars of our community. Mr. Skedros taught me in Sunday School to always be proud of our Greek heritage and religion and to find value in our differences. He gave me the courage to persevere despite being a Greek Orthodox growing up in a conservative suburb of Salt Lake City. I have great faith and hope that his fervor and legacy will carry on through the next generation of his strong wonderful family. May his memory be eternal.
Mr. Skedros was one of my favorite teachers at West High. I loved him as a man of character and a great teacher. I've loved history because of him. What a wonderful legacy he has left.
Linda Massey Olson
MR SKEDRO WOULD COME GET ME FROM HOME OS I COULD BE AT SCHOOL.WITH HIM TELL ME I NEEDED TO BE THERE.WITH OUT HIS LOVE FOR TEACHING I WOULD NOT KNOW WHAT I KNOW NOW.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS.GREAT TEACHER,GRET MAN.I WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH AND I WISH I HAD TOLD YOU THIS.I WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH.THANK YOU AGAIN.
My deepest condolences to my dear friend Cindy and the entire Skedros family on the passing of Con. He truly was one of the very best. I have known Con since childhood. He was a man of integrity who loved his family and gave back to his community in ways that will last for generations. When you ran into Con, he always asked about your family and how everyone was doing -- and he genuinely cared. We are all better for having known him. I am grateful his legacy will live on with his amazing children and the history he so meticulously recorded of the Greek community in Utah. He was a member of the coffee family at Starbucks in Foothill Village where he chatted regularly with many people. There was a great sense of sadness there this morning as the news of his passing spread. I watched as a patron brought in a laminated copy of his obituary and asked to have it hung on the bulletin board. That says a lot. His was a life very well lived. God bless you Con. May your memory be eternal.
My Deepest Sympathy,
My deepest condolences to your family. I am a lucky student of Mr. Skedros from West High class of 73. He left a lasting impression on me.
My condolences to the Skedros Family. Your father was a great man and teacher. He and Mr. Padjen taught History in a way that made it so interesting that you wanted to learn more.
I used to run into him once in a while in Wendover where he would catch me playing the "one-armed bandits."
I will miss seeing him each year at the Greek Festival. Please take comfort in knowing that his lessons will live on.
I am deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Skedros' passing. He was a wonderful man; brilliant, charming, and an amazing teacher. I am honored and grateful to have been his student. My prayers are with his family.
Con would drive me and Jimmy to driver education classes our sophmore year at Highland very early in the morning. He was always so positive and friendly, would always go out of his way to visit with me. So sorry for the loss. He raised and incredible family. Our thoughts are prayers are with you.
Dale and Nellie McIntosh
I learned much of Mr. Skedros Love for his fellow man, Kindness, academic excellence and Love for his Christian Church. While living with his son Koumbaro Dr. Jim in a rent control building in Harvard Sq.Cambridge Mass, while Dr.Jim was doing his Masters and PHD at Harvard. Dr Jim's Doctorate disortation was on St Demetrios another Great Pillar of the Church and Christian community like Constantine James Skedros. May GOD rest his soul, ETERNAL BE HIS MEMORY ! LOVE ALWAYS ZERVOS !
I was a student of Mr. Skedros at West High School (by choice). In the classroom he was very firm and strict, but fair. He challenged me intellectually! I could not just turn in a report repeating the facts of the historical assignment, I had to integrate my thoughts on the subject matter. I truly earned my A in his class. Although it was frustrating at first, this lesson has stuck with me my whole life... he taught me how to think and process information..not what to think. What a sweet blessing. Much love and respect goes out to the Skedros family with his passing. Thank You Mr. Skedros for being such an excellent teacher!
He mentorred and enriched the lives of countless people as an educator. He was a gift to those who learned at his side. A light of knowledge has been dimmed at his passing. My thoughts and prayers go to his family. Thanks Mr. Skedros for being a great teacher.
I am deeply saddened to hear that Con has left us. Growing up, the Skedros' were a second family to me. Con's words of wisdom will alway be with me. He was a wonderful person and raised a wonderful family. My sincere condolences to the entire Skedros family. xoxo
What an amazing and special man. Our love, prayers and sympathy are with your family at this sad time. May his memory be eternal.
Profound regards and respect to Mr. Skedros' children, grandchildren, and to his brother Gregory, and to his many relatives!
May your CONSTANTINE SKEDROS enjoy eternal bliss in the bosom of Abraham!
And may you and yours continue to enjoy life fully in our Lord.
Dear Skedros Family,
My condolences to you on the passing of "Con," whom I knew at West High (1964-67). He was so friendly and so smart--a wonderful example to us.
I, too, was a student at West High ('76)and remember Mr. Skedros. I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you peace and comfort at this time.
What a great man. Con was such a warm and lively man with a library of information to always share. I am blessed that he was inter-trined in my life which enriched mine. My prayers are with you. His legacy is eternal.
My deepest sympathies to the family. I was a student at West High in the early 60s and remember Mr. Skedros as one of the top outstanding teachers ever. I also had some contact with him later when I worked for the school district. He was always a very kind and a perfect gentleman.
My deepest condolences to the Skedros family on your loss and Gods gain. Con was to me one of the best teachers and friends a student could have going through high school with his compassion for teaching and seeing you succed there was none better may he rest in peace.
Our deepest condolences to the Skedros family. Con represented the iconic man that set the example for many. His voice will be missed. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Connie Spyropoulos and The Linardakis Children
This is The Man and Leader, of the Greek Community, and above all the best listener in the world. He did a lot for my God-Mother's son, during Peter's good and bad times, and will always be respected for what he did for all that he came in contact with. I know all the family will miss and always remember every thing he did, not only for the Greeks, but for many many many outsiders. With deepest regrets to everyone, and may
God help you through this loss of a great teacher and Human Being.
Dear Skedros Family, The Greek Community, and the State of Utah has lost a great man. Con was one of the kindest most intelligent men that I have had the privilege of knowing in my short 57 years on this planet. He always made me feel welcome whenever he saw me. And he always greeted me with a big smile and strong hand shake. Con will be missed!
MAY HIS MEMORY BE ETERNAL!!!
Dear Skedros family,
What an incredible loss. Your dad was a shining light whenever I saw him. I loved his humor and his passion for the things he believed in. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. Now he will shine down upon us, hopefully, with his pal, my Uncle Jim. May his memory be eternal. xoxo
We celebrate a life well-lived. For some of us, he helped us grow to be contributing members of society. Thank you Con. May his memory be eternal
Our deepest condolences to the entire Skedros Family. Con was an amazing man and a wonderful mentor to so many in the community. He will truly be missed. May His Memory Be Eternal.
Steve, Diane & Emily Saltas
Jim and all the Skedros family - so sorry for your loss. An incredible man.
My deepest sympathies to the family. I was a student of Mr. Skedros at West High (69) and I can truly say I enjoyed his class more than any other. I always loved the way he referred to himself as "Skedros". He taught with a smile, and shared his love of learning with his students. It always stuck with me. God bless and rest in peace.
To The Skedros family, I send to you My Deepest Condolences for Mr.Skedros. (your Dad, Brother, Uncle, Best Friend) My his memory Be Eternal God Bless to all of you. Mr. Skedros was a wonderful teacher and a Wonderful Person in General.