August 12, 1959 - August 26, 2021 Age 62, a lifetime resident of Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario, CA, passed away at home on August 26, 2021. His death was sudden and unexpected. He passed as he had lived, fighting the good fight. He was born in Long Beach, California on August 12, 1959 to James and Katherine Skropos. Tommy was the youngest of three sons that his Greek immigrant parents had. Shortly after his birth, the Skropos family moved into their newly built home in Ontario. Ontario in the 1960s and 70s was a wonderful place to grow up and the Skropos boys enjoyed the adventures and freedom that their small hometown afforded them. While mom and dad worked long and hard in the family restaurant business, the brothers watched over each other, attended school, and played hard. Tommy was a particularly fearless child who never said no to a challenge or dare! While attending Chaffey High School (class of 1976), Tommy also joined the rest of the family working at the restaurant. At school and at work, Tommy was the consummate prankster and possessed a quick wit and tireless sense of humor! If someone needed to cheer up or a good laugh, Tommy was always there ready to accommodate. It was while working night shifts at the restaurant and serving members of the Ontario Police Department that Tommy discovered his true calling in life. He wanted to become a member of OPD (a calling shared by his oldest brother George). Tommy's dream was realized in 1985 when he was sworn in as a member of the Ontario Police Department. For the next 26 years, Tommy honored his commitment to the badge and served in his beloved profession, retiring as a Corporal. Tommy was blessed with two children who he doted over. His son and daughter were a great source of pride and joy to him, especially during his retirement years. Retirement also brought time for riding his Harley, weekly poker games, and a renewed commitment to family and friends. He kept his sense of humor and quick wit till the end. To know Tommy was to love him. We lost him way too soon! Tommy is survived by two children, Demetri and Katie, his wife Jeannine, two brothers, George and Gus, many nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Viewing will be held Tuesday night, September 14, 2021 from 5-8 p.m., with Trisagion Prayer at 7 p.m. at Todd Memorial Chapel, 570 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 1391 Chaffee St., Upland. Burial will follow at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario.
Published by Daily Bulletin on Sep. 12, 2021.