John Theodore Scardasis passed away Thursday, April 23, 2009 in Webster, Texas at the age of 75. He was born on November 18, 1933 in Inverness, Florida to Theodore and Katherine Scardasis. Originally from Inverness, Florida, Captain John T. Scardasis attended Florida State University and is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point. He held a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Transportation; Commissioned Officer, United States Navy; Unlimited Master, United States Merchant Marine and numerous professional certifications. A maritime veteran, Scardasis served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy and as a master Mariner in the U.S. Merchant Marine Service. While in active duty with a major U.S. flag carrier, Scardasis sailed in worldwide services including extensive participation in Vietnam Military Sealift command. He achieved command status as unlimited Master.
Following his naval career, Scardasis subsequently accepted a shore side assignment as Fleet Port Captain for Lykes Lines. While at Lykes Lines, Scardasis served as chair of the West Gulf Maritime Association Board. Scardasis was appointed Regional Vice President with direct responsibility for six major offices in a territory extending from Louisiana to California. Scardasis joined the Port of Houston Authority as Special Projects Manager in 1995 and was promoted to Director of Operations in 1997. He retired from the Port of Houston in 2005. He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters Maria Scardasis-Wyatt and husband Craig, Katherine Scardasis-Finn and husband Jeffrey, sister Nellie Theopulos, brothers George Scardasis and Mike Scardasis and grandson John Conrad Finn.
A visitation will begin on Monday, April 27, 2009 from 6-8:00 p.m. with a Trisagion Service at 6:00 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, Texas 77598. A funeral service will follow on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church, 202 N. Walnut, Webster, Texas 77598. Burial will follow the service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, you may send memorials to American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas 75231.