OBITUARY

Spyros S Skouras

SPYROS S. SKOURAS SR. Spyros, the husband of 55 years of the late Barbara F. Skouras was the beloved father of Spyros Jr., George, Damaris and the late Cassandra and he was grandfather of Spyros III, Marina, Sophia, Calliste and his step-granddaughter Adriel. He was the son of the Late Spyros P. Skouras, a major Motion Picture mogul who was formerly President of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation for many years, and his late mother, Saroula Bruiglia. He is also survived by his loving sister Daphne Skouras Root of Bedford, NY. Spyros was most recently Founder, Chairman and CEO of Olatec Industries LLC for the past ten years and for the previous forty years he owned and was Chairman and CEO of Admiralty Enterprises Inc. one the largest American flag shipping fleets which owned Grace Lines, Prudential Lines, Vessel Charters Inc. and World Wide Tankers. In his early career, Spyros was President and CEO of the 100-movie theater chain, The Skouras Theaters Corporation. While President of The Skouras Theaters, Mr. Skouras was President and CEO of Ampex Stereo Sound for Theaters and The Triton Production Company, which made Motion Pictures with the major actors and directors of Hollywood. Spyros was a Director of the Alfred E. Smith Foundation, the USO and United Cerebral Palsy. Spyros was a Charter Member of Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich’s GOPAC organization and Director of President Reagan’s Commission on Executive Exchange. Spyros was born in 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri, graduated from the Taft Preparatory School in 1941, enlisted in the Army Pictorial Division in 1942. He graduated from Yale University in 1948. Spyros was an avid sportsman, with a keen interest in skiing and golf. Spyros will always be remembered for his strength, courage, intellect, patience and perseverance. He had a dynamic personality positively impacting everyone he came in contact. To know Spyros was to know that ‘people and purpose’ mattered more to him than ‘things’. Spyros was devout in his faith in God always remaining optimistic and positive. He died peacefully at home on Friday morning, January 18 with his children and cherished dog, Laurie, at his side. Spyros may be viewed at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home at 31 Arch Street, Greenwich CT on Monday, January 21st from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will take place at St. Michael’s Church at 469 North Street in Greenwich CT on Tuesday, January 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Following the burial at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne NY, there will be a reception at a private home to be announced at the funeral mass. If you prefer in lieu of flowers please contribute to Greenwich Hospital’s Palliative Care Services group in his name. www.leopgallaghergreenwich.com

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Monday, January 21, 2013
  • Mass Tuesday, January 22, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Burial
REMEMBERING

Spyros S Skouras

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Katerina Spilio

February 14, 2013

My heartfelt condolences to Mr. S's sister, children and grandchildren. I only learned of his passing today and am sorry I could not be at the funeral. His intelligence, energy and sense of humour were only beat by his tremendous empathy. He was a wonderful husband also, and Barbara and Spyros were the loveliest, sweetest people to each other, always role models for me. I miss them both very much. Travel well, Mr. S.

Katerina Spilio

February 14, 2013

My heartfelt condolences to Mr. S's children and grandchildren and sister. I just learned that he passed today and am so sorry I could not be at the funeral. His intelligence, energy and sense of humor were only beat by his incredible empathy. He was a wonderful husband as well and Barbara and Spyros were the loveliest, sweetest people to each other, always role models for me. I will miss them both very much and am lucky to have had a chance to know them. Travel well Mr. S.

January 23, 2013

I just read the sad news about my dear friend and your father.I would have flown up for the service,I have many Memries of all the things we shared with him and dear Barbie ,I send my heartfelt condolences to all of you.with Love,Norma

January 23, 2013

To the Skouras family;
I am saddened to hear about your father's passing. My father, Sol Septimus, had the privilege of working as your father's financial advisor at Prudential Lines for many years, and had a deep respect for your father's integrity as a businessman and a human being. Best wishes. Joe Septimus

Jana moormanJanaMoorman

January 22, 2013

I remember so many meals in the dining room at High Pastures. Lively conversations, great company and the lovely presence of dogs. The passing of Spyros is truly the end of an era. May we all step up to the plate to make a better world for our next generation.

With the Greatest Respect for a Great Man, Jana Moorman

David Simon

January 21, 2013

My condolences to Spyros' family. I was his lawyer for many years, and it was always stimulating, and a pleasure, to work with him. He had a lively intelligence, a solid business sense and, even more to the point, was kind and sensitive to all who worked for or with him.

David Simon

Roberto Carboni

January 20, 2013

Though I knew that someday soon I would read Mr. Skouras's name here, it does not make it any easier for me to accept his passing. Mr. and Mrs. Skouras were both my customers at SUPER HANDY HARDWARE in Glenville. I helped them out with many things and repaired their screens. I found them both charming and I was saddened by the passing of Mrs. Skouras a few years ago. Now I am made sad once again. My condolences.

Joelle Overlock

January 20, 2013

George, I am sorry for your loss. I have great memories of your family way back when.

Karen Otto

January 19, 2013

Uncle Spyros you will be sorely missed,but will always live in my heart,thoughts and prayers!

FROM THE FAMILY