1920 ~ 2013|
Thano "Tom" George Castles passed away peacefully on the morning of June 16, 2013.
Thano was born on March 28, 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of George and Penelope Castles. He graduated from West High School and, after serving in World War II in England with the 34th Bomber Squadron, returned to Salt Lake to graduate from the University of Utah with a degree in Business and Accounting. After working with the W. H. Bintz Company, Thano managed the Topaz Lodge in Topaz Lake, Nevada, for the Freed Finance Corp. Ultimately, he returned to Salt Lake and spent the majority of his working life with Ken Garff and the Skull Valley Corporation.
Thano was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, dedicating much of his time as a founding member of the Hellenic Cultural Association. Thano's extensive knowledge of the local Greek Community's history, his donations of photos, artifacts, and records, along with his unflagging energy, helped to make the Association a wonderful repository of knowledge which will be appreciated for generations to come.
Survived by his sister Martha Katsufrakis; nephew Jason Katsufrakis; and niece Danai Katsufrakis, all of Los Angeles. Preceded in death by his parents and sister Helen. With heartfelt appreciation to the entire Skedros family, cousin Michael Green, and for the constant support of Thano's good friends Brett and Bonnie.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday June 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Neil O'Donnell & Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 South with a Trisagion service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday June 19, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 279 South 300 West. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery 1342 East 500 South.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hellenic Cultural Association or The Anthony Skedros Memorial Foundation.
MAY HIS MEMORY BE ETERNAL
Published in Deseret News on June 18, 2013