John Skotedis
(1951 - 2012)

John Skotedis
Nickname: John

June 27, 1951

December 10, 2012

Theodore John Skotedis,
61, Shamokin Dam

T. John Skotedis, 61, of 493 Victor Lane, passed away Monday, December 10th. At his side were his loving wife and son.

John was born June 27, 1951 in Batavia, NY.

He married the former Denise Suzanne Adams, who survives him, a union of thirty-four years. They have one son, Alexander Theodore Skotedis, born February 18, 1983.

John’s family relocated from Batavia, NY to Sunbury, PA in 1959.
John graduated from Shikellamy High School in 1969. He attended Bucknell University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Upon graduation from college, John joined the family business of Tedd’s Landing Restaurant. In 1989, Tedd’s on the Hill banquet facility was added to the family's business ventures. In July of 2005, along with his wife and son, John achieved their long-time vision of Skeeter's Pit BBQ on the bluff above Tedd's Landing. John's dedication to the businesses was unwavering, working 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week.

From his days at Temple University, John carried with him his passion for rowing. He made and launched his first rowing boat in the Susquehanna River in 1973. Rowing became an integral part of John's life and, in some respects, defined who he was as a man; it required patience, awareness and endless dedication.

From 1986 to 1992, John also served as the head coach of the Bucknell University Men's and Women's Crew program. Established in 1983, the program flourished under John's leadership. With his guidance, the team successfully achieved varsity status in 1990, won its first championship medal in 1991, and had its first alumnus compete at the Olympics (Cindy Ryder in 1992). Most importantly, John's leadership and friendship provided an invaluable life experience for those who rowed under him. John continued to be an integral part of supporting the development of rowing at Bucknell University, Susquehanna University as well as the Central Pennsylvania Rowing Association.

John was a member of the Bucknell Golf Club and the “Shifty Group”.

John also had a keen interest in local history, including the Native American presence as well as the significance of the Susquehanna River and Pennsylvania Canal.

John had a great love for art, architecture, food, travel, family and friends. His cabin on Pine Creek, recently built by himself, his son and wife, was his respite. Whether relaxing on the daybed on the screen porch listening to the rapids of Pine Creek, biking, hiking, kayaking or cross country skiing, it held a special place in his heart. John also enjoyed pontooning in the summer on the Susquehanna River, mostly enjoying the sunsets on the West Branch with his wife after a long day's work at the restaurants.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his son and daughter-in-law, Alexander and Natalia Skotedis; his mother, Janet Skotedis; his brother, Thomas Skotedis; his sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Jeff Reed; In-law’s, Bernadine and Jean-Paul Richard, Pasquale and Barbara Rescigno; brother and sister-in-law’s, Craig and Shelly Adams, Jody and Laura Adams; niece’s and nephew’s, Thomas Skotedis and wife Karissa, Jessica and Sarah Reed, Crystal and Jason Skotedis, Whitney and Ryan Adams, Grant and Elijah Adams. He was preceded in death by his brother, Victor T. Skotedis, 1997 and his father, Theodore V. Skotedis, 2009.

A service celebrating the life of T. John Skotedis will be held Sunday, December 16th at 1:00 pm, Rooke Chapel, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. The family will receive friends and acquaintances after the service at Tedd’s on the Hill.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in John’s honor to one of the organizations which are listed on the DONATE page of this web site.

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Glad you are where you belong.
Barb Grubb (friend)
December 20th, 2016
For some reason I thought of John yesterday and I remembered getting to know him shortly before he moved when we were both 8 years old when we both lived in Alexander, New York. He lived across the street from me, but we only became friends a few months before his family moved to Sudbury. I can remember the day before he moved like it was yesterday. We were playing catch with a football on his lawn that evening as dusk fell. It was a beautiful evening, the sun had set, and the light was fading. I can still see his face when his mother called to him; we tossed the football one more time, stood there looking at each other for a moment, then he said "goodbye" and ran into the house. I went home across the street and remember feeling sad then and the next day when the moving truck left and so did he. I missed my friend the rest of the summer. And I think we would have become close friends had he stayed in Alexander.

I googled his name this morning to see if I could find him.

My sincerest condolences to his family who I'm sure still miss him terribly. I'm glad to hear that he named his son Alexander and take that as a sign that he had fond memories of his youth as well.

Best regards,

Richard Rideout
1 February 2016
Richard Rideout (friend)
February 1st, 2016
Dear Skotedis family,

I wanted to relate what an enormously positive impact John had on me through a transformational college time. I spent a summer at Bucknell and John was kind enough to lend me a single, often rowing with me and providing guidance. I rowed all through that summer and developed a deeper appreciation for the sport and its beautiful surroundings. Over the next several years, I got to know John and was incredibly fortunate to have him as a coach. Through John's efforts, the crew had numerous, unforgettable experiences ranging from pre-dawn and early Saturday morning practices to rowing at the San Diego Crew Classic and winning the Kerr Cup (and a lot of others, as well). We developed into a crew worthy of becoming Varsity because of John.

More than the motivation and guidance that he provided as a coach, however, he provided a great example through his giving, his discipline, his gentleness and his personal motivation. John provided a great life example to us all. I am deeply grateful. Thank you, John!
David Ruf (Bucknell Crew '89)
January 24th, 2015
John was gracious enough to employ me at Tedd's on the Hill when I was working my way through college, and allowed me to develop some skill behind a bar. Before I left, he even gave me a certain recipe for peanut butter pie that I was sworn NEVER to divulge (and therefore never will). John's smile, energy and optimism were infectious. A novelty cocktail glass I submitted for a patent last year was no doubt inspired by John's kindness and mentorship. Please accept my sincere wish that your family prosper and be blessed.
Roger Hilscher (former employee and frien)
October 6th, 2014
You have been giving and supportive to so many, including myself. Your example has been one that I will never be able to live up to, but I am going to give it my best shot. Thank you for your endless encouragement and advice. You always knew how to make me feel proud of my work. I will always consider you one of the most important people in my life, and I will never forget the lessons you taught me.
Stephen Kish (Friend)
January 1st, 2013
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Elaine Peebles
February 4th, 2018
"I will always remember that you would save your birthday check, from us, to play golf. The fact that you were taking time to be with your buddies and play the game you loved made our hearts happy for you. We love you and you will always be with us."
Bernadine Richard
June 28th, 2013
"You are with me every second of every day...even though life is forever changed. We are trying our very best to carry on with the vision, knowing you are by our side every step of the way. Happy Birthday! To my one and only love, Denise 6-27-2013"
Denise Skotedis
June 27th, 2013
"As we leave for one of your very favorite places on earth, we know that you will be there with us every second of the way."
Bernadine Richard
June 7th, 2013
"Not a day goes by that I dont think of you. You will be in my heart forever and forever missed. Love you Uncle John"
Jessica Reed
June 7th, 2013
"RIP John! You will GREATLY be missed by all of us!"
Christina Pavlov
December 15th, 2012
"John, was hoping to stop in last week and catch you at the restaurant. Sorry I missed you. I wanted to thank you for being one of the few people that I've met in my life that never had a bad day. You set the tremendous example to everyone you met."
Brian Murtha
December 13th, 2012
"John, Steve and I were hoping to come and see you but I guess that's not going to happen. I looked for a card to send you but they all sucked and I have no idea how to send a video message. So I'm emailing you to say thank you for being my coach an"
Mike C
December 13th, 2012
"There is another "Angel" in Heaven. tszb3"
Ron & Kathy Harris
December 13th, 2012
"John - the world is a better place in so many ways because of you. We will be forever grateful for the experience of your unconditional friendship, the treasure of your intellect & the warmth of your beautiful smile. Thank you for being you."
April & Barry James
December 12th, 2012


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