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Thomas Arthur Makris

March 17, 1928 November 29, 2013
Thomas Arthur Makris
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Thomas Arthur Makris was born in Hartford, Connecticut on March 17, 1928 (a St. Patrick's Day baby), the youngest of five children of Aris and Despina Makris, who educated Tom in the rich heritage of his Greek ancestry. His upbringing led Tom to develop a profound sense of pride for Greek culture, and he enjoyed introducing others to traditions and customs from this area of the world throughout his adulthood.

Tom's worldliness developed even more after high school, when he enlisted in the Army and served as Military Police, patrolling the open cities of Rome and Venice. He was honorably discharged in 1948.

Another great interest for Tom was education. Having graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Education, he began his teaching career in New Hampshire. After being invited to Arizona for a visit with a friend, Tom loved the area so much that he decided to stay. He went on to teach Education Curriculum at Arizona State University for several years. While working at the university, Tom became even more passionate about learning and education, earning several Master Degrees in multiple disciplines. Eventually, he taught Arizona history in the public schools of Phoenix. He became school Principal and later the Superintendent of Pubic Education for the Wilson School District, a position he held until retirement.

Always one to make the most out of life, Tom developed numerous interests and talents. He was active in many sports including football and basketball in his college years at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Other interests included fishing, skiing, golf, and biking. Tom was passionate about family and animals, and he also loved to travel, play his baby grand piano, and enjoy fine wine with friends. Additionally, Tom was known as an avid and vicious pinochle player.

After being widowed, Tom met Linda on the golf course in Phoenix, Arizona. After a whirlwind romance, Tom and Linda were married on May 12, 1990. After nearly 24 years of marriage, their relationship continues to be one of unending love and friendship.

Tom is survived by his wife, Linda (Schuyler) Makris; sister, Ellen Karagianis; sister-in-law, Artemis Makris; nephews, Harald (Rae) Karabots, Peter (Barbara) Karabots, Joseph (Tonya-Marie) Karabots, Spero Makris and nieces, Denise Karabots, Dawn Madison (Gary) Seideman. Additional family mourning Tom�s passing include mother-in-law, Lillian Schuyler; brothers-in law, Alan Schuyler, Daniel (Gina) Schuyler, Robert (Eve) Schuyler and sisters-in-law, Mary Adams and Diane (Charles) Perry, as well as numerous other loving nieces and nephews. Tom was predeceased by his parents, siblings (George Makris, Spero Makris and Lucy Karabots) and first wife, Colleen Madison Makris.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gleaner�s Community Food Bank, Back Pack Fund. Tom believed strongly in feeding the hungry and education. This program provides back packs filled with nutritious food for the weekend to children who rely on free school meals during the week.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Monday, December 2 at 7 PM. Friends may visit on Monday from 3 PM until time of service. For further information, please phone Lynch & Sons in Milford, 248-684-6645.


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