OBITUARY

Argiros Nick Sketas

August 16, 1922April 2, 2018

Argiros Nick Sketas

DeLand, FL age 95 passed away on April 2, 2018. Argiros was born August 16, 1922 in Manhattan, NY the son of the late Nicholas and Helen Sketas. He served in the US Navy as a Aviation Machinists Mate during WWII. He enjoyed being out in his yard and tending to his plants, however making custom shoehorns was one of his passions. He once bowled a 300 game. Argiros was predeceased by his wife Doris in 2003. He is survived by his son and daughter in law Donald & Susan Sketas, grandchildren, Sammy and Charlie; several nephews and a niece.

A graveside service will be held Monday April 9th 1 PM at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, 5525 US Highway 1, Mims, FL 32754. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to Best Friends Animal Society, https://bestfriends.org/

Services

  • Graveside Service Monday, April 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Argiros Nick Sketas

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Donald Sketas

June 18, 2018

DON at CAPE CANAVERAL NATIONAL CEMETERY - My first visit to the grave site of a Navy hero, my father, Argiros N. Sketas on Father's Day 2018. It is with great pride and love that I can call this man, my father.

Nick Sketas

April 12, 2018

Uncle Otto was a sweetheart of a guy. He and my Dad used to cut each others' hair in the old days. My father would say, "I'm going over to Bugga's for a haircut, wanna come?" I'd always go, just to see my uncle. There's three things I'll always remember about Uncle Otto, When he'd kissed you hello, you needed a towel to dry off, I always looked forward to them, he taught me how to make a sail boat from a piece of paper, he used to make them from his bus transfers, he showed me how to do it, I would pick up a scrap of paper wherever I was and fashion one of those Uncle Otto boats. People would say, "guess Nick was over" since I'd leave sailboats everywhere I went. I still make them to this day and think of him every time I finish one. And last but not least, he was a great source of comfort to me during my wife Janet's illness and we cried together when she passed. Say hello to Janie for me when you see her Uncle Otto.

Thanks for the love, compassion and memories Uncle Otto, you were a great uncle, my favorite.

Love, your nephew....Nick

Penelope Sobering

April 12, 2018

Dear Susan and Donald,
It was with much happiness that I viewed all those wonderful family photos. What a great way to bond with the past and with family. I am honored that you chose to read the poem I sent you...I truly meant it...your Father will always have a "warm and cozy" place in my heart and I will always remember him and his happy, compassionate life. I only regret that I was not able to visit him...but happy that I could call him and be in his life by means of the telephone...I called him many times each week while he was in his home and missed him so dearly when he had to leave for the care facility. I am glad he was comfortable and not surprised that he had so many friends among the caregivers !!
Much love to all your family.
May His Memory Be Eternal ....
Penelope

Donald Sketas

April 9, 2018

Don - American Flag Presentation (04-09-18) - One of the toughest but proudest moments of the ceremony for me. The American Flag was presented to me in honor of my father's service to our country. Well done, Dad!

Susan Sketas

April 9, 2018

Susan with Dad (04-09-18) - I'm reading the poem "A Life Well Lived" in honor of my Father-in-Law. I loved him very much!

Donald Sketas

April 9, 2018

Don with Dad - Cape Canaveral National Cemetery (04-09-18) - At my father's funeral. With my hand on the flag, I honor his memory with love and thanks.

Donald Sketas

April 9, 2018

Dad and Don at DeBary Manor - Debary, Florida - This was the last photograph taken of my father (12-03-17). It was at the nursing home where he resided for almost nine months. A nice place with a very caring staff. They took very good care of him. Some of them even visited him in the Hospice wing of the hospital before he passed away peacefully in his sleep. He deserved nothing less.

Susan Sketas

April 8, 2018

Dad's Handmade Shoehorns - One of Dad's favorite pastimes was making shoehorns from the fallen fronds of the Florida Cabbage Palm. He would strip the fronds down to the main rib, then carve, sand, decorate, and varnish them into shoehorns. Some even have rhinestones set into them. They're especially great for someone who cannot easily bend over, as they are quite long. He probably could have made some money on these, but he never sold one. He only gave them away, either to people he liked, people who had done something nice for him, or by donating them to doctor's offices or rehab centers. I use mine every day, and will always treasure it.

Donald Sketas

April 8, 2018

Dad - Thanksgiving Dinner at our home on 11-26-15. - We enjoyed having Dad over for Thanksgiving each year. Susan always made THE perfect dinner!

Donald Sketas

April 8, 2018

Dad & Family (1987) - It was haircut day for me and my Aunt Lee was always my barber. Check out Dad's funny expression in this one.