Harry Paul Skandamis, 89, passed away on December 1st, 2012, in Daytona Beach, FL. His service will be held on Tuesday December 4th, 2012 at 1pm at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, at 129 North Halifax Avenue and interment to follow at Daytona Memorial Park. Harry was born May 15, 1923 in Albany Georgia, the first son of three boys, to Paul and Aglaia Skandamis who immigrated to America from Greece. After graduating from Albany High School, he enlisted in the US Army in 1942. He served in the finance department and was assigned to posts in England and in France during World War II. It was there where he began his future career in entertainment, playing the piano in USO clubs. After an honorable discharge from the Army in 1946, he used his GI bill and attended the Julliard School of Music in New York. Harry loved his time in the big city, seeing plays and performances which fueled his desire to entertain. With a sense of adventure he set off to play piano in venues all across America. His travels took him from coast to coast entertaining in lounges, hotel lobbies, and other venues. After living out of a suitcase for over 25 years he moved permanently to the Daytona Beach area where his parents retired. He was a member of St Demetrios church, and an active member of the choir. His piano gigs were scaled down to the Central Florida area, and his career spanned out for over 60 years as Harry was actively playing in his mid eighties. Harry, along with his brother John, took care of their retired parents. He had a memory like an elephant of names, dates, and places. His curiosity and enthusiasm for life endured him to all he met. There was never a boring moment with Harry, and he'll always be remembered for all the smiles he created and how he made you feel. Harry is survived by his brother Solon Skandamis of Putney, Georgia, his wife Kay and their family in Georgia including nieces Lesley Skandamis, Christina Edwards, Stephanie Guarino, and Andrea Amato along with Andrew Skandamis and their families, along with a nephew in Florida John Skandamis, Jr and his family. Harry was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Algaia, his brother John, and his niece Anastasia.All donations may be made to St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on December 4, 2012