John Skotedis
(1951 - 2012)

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John Skotedis
Nickname: John

Birth:
June 27, 1951

Passing:
December 10, 2012


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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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Guest Book (23 entries)
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
I have started writing this note numerous times. Then I am at a loss for words. Then I am angry and just don't understand. So this is what I know. John was a part of my life for over 30 years. Loving Husband to my Sister. Father to my Nephew and SO MANY others. He was SO patient and congenial. Always had a positive attitude and a laugh that I will never forget. You can be so proud of the influence you have had on your family and your community. Your legacy will live on. I will miss you my friend.
Craig Adams (Brother in-law)
December 19th, 2012
Dear Skotedis Family,

I am so very thankful to have and as well as continue working for an amazing family that pursued high hopes and dreams. I am proud to have helped in holding up John's dream as an employee at Skeeters. It is a shame that John had to pass away from the world and leave us, but we all will never forget the mark he has left on our hearts. My last mark that he left on my heart was the last moment I had with him. John just walked into Skeeters and went directly over to the windows. Right before he came in, I noticed the two eagles were outside flying so right away I pointed them out to John at the window. His face lit up with a smile when he saw the eagles flying by. He said, "I love them! They are just so neat." Seeing his face light up brought me great joy considering the heaviness of his cancer starting to overtake him more and more as each day passed. It hurts me to say that this moment was the last that I had of John, but it was my favorite memory that I have of him.

Thank you so much Skotedis Family for everything you do for us all! And thank you John for all the great memories and the wonderful marks you have left on the world!

My sympathy and prayers go out to the loved ones of John <3

-Ranee
Ranee Landis (Employee at Skeeters)
December 19th, 2012
Dear John,
I have just returned from your service in Lewisburg. Although it was difficult to say goodbye to you, I was able to reconnect with many of our old friends whose lives have been touched and influenced by you as much as mine. You introduced me to the sport of rowing. Rowing became my vehicle for self exploration. With your guidance, I learned about self discipline, commitment, goal setting and competition. I also learned about starvation and how to run in 100 degree heat covered with a plastic trash bag. But that's a different story. Through rowing, I found success and with it, self confidence. You taught me how to row at Bucknell, but you became my coach for life. I will never forget your selflessness, support, wisdom, strength and humor. You live on in my heart. Thank you.
Dave Borchers
Dave Borchers (friend, rower)
December 17th, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steve, Denise, Maure and Jonathan Adams
STEPHEN ADAMS (FRIEND)
December 15th, 2012
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"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
"John, you will be missed greatly."
Nancy Pavlova
December 11th, 2012

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