Demetrios C. Skamas, M.D.
Date of Passing: December 27th, 2018leave a condolence read condolences
Demetrios C. Skamas, M.D., 92, of New Hartford, passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center. He was born on December 1, 1926, in Elatia, Greece, the son of Constantine and Pagona Skamagoulis. He served in active duty with the Greek Army and was a graduate of the National University of Athens Medical School. Dr. Skamas relocated to the United States, and settled in the Utica area in 1959. On July 14, 1963, in Athens, Greece he married the love of his life, Angelina Stames. For many years he worked as a psychiatrist at the Marcy Psychiatric Center and later went into private practice, retiring in 1994. For 20 years, Dr. Skamas served with the US Army Reserves on Burrstone Road in New York Mills and also served as Commander of the 331st Combat Support Hospital. He retired as a Colonel in 1992. He was a member of St. George's Orthodox Church in New Hartford. Demetrios loved playing his guitars and enjoyed learning various foreign languages. Additionally, he was passionate about following the stock market. He filled the rooms with Greek music and stories about his life, passing his lessons down to his loved ones. He always considered himself to be the life of the party, and he was. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Angelina; four children and their spouses, Constantine and Tawana Skamas of Franklin Lakes, NJ, Patty and John Vlattas of Hillsborough, NJ, Maria and Matthew Millett of Belle Mead, NJ and Stephanie and Michael Flack of New Hartford; seven grandchildren, Angelica, Alexandra, Tommy, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Erin, and Jayson; and many relatives in Greece. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Bobby and Niko Skamagoulis. Funeral services will be Monday at 9 am at St. George's Orthodox Church, 350 Higby Road, New Hartford, with Rev. Fr. Nikolai Meyers officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica. Calling hours are Sunday from 2-4 pm at Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., 13 Oxford Road, New Hartford. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the entire staff of Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center ICU for their empathetic care. Additionally, we would like to thank Sharon from the VNA for her care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the DAV in his memory.
A gentle,kind and wonderful soul, who lived life with passion ethos and caring. He was loved by many and will be truly missed.