Pericles Homer Scarlatos II
Jul 1, 1924 – Jun 29, 2015
Pericles Homer Scarlatos II Scarlatos Marches On And Beyond
July 1, 1924- June 29, 2015
Devoted Son, Adoring husband to his beautiful wife, Arita Athanasopoulou Scarlatos, loving and compassionate Father, Brother, Uncle, and eldest child of Pericles Homer Scarlatos I and Wilhelmina Suezs ( Sees). Pericles Homer Scarlatos II left this world to be with God and join his wife and family in Heaven early Monday morning June 29, 2015 in Palm Desert, California. He is survived by his two sisters: Dori Westphal and Ramona Marsland, brother Miltiades (deceased), his two children, Perry Homer Scarlatos III and Nikoletta Ekaterina Skarlatos, his many nephews and nieces, and their children whom he adored, and many dear friends including the entire Greek Community.
Perry was born in Seattle Washington on July 1, 1924 to his Father Pericles Homer Scaratos I of Kyriakahori Greece, and his Mother Wilelmina Anna Sees (Suesz) Hungarian. His Father was a Great statesman and community leader and one of the founding Father’s of the Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle. Pericles Homer
Scarlatos I, met an untimely death in 1935, when Perry was just 12 years old. In that moment, Perry II lost his childhood and assumed the very exigent position of being responsible as the head of the family; helping his devoted and exceptional Mother in every way, and raising his three siblings which he did with great care, a strong moral compass, and true leadership. These qualities were indicative of Perry’s character toward all throughout his entire life.
In addition to helping his Mother in every way regarding the family insurance business, and raising his siblings as parent and mentor, Perry had a paper route all through school to help pay for the family. He graduated from Queen Anne high school at the age of 16 with honours . He had a genius IQ.
Perry attended the University of Washington where he enrolled in the Naval R.O.T.C. He was commissioned to serve as a Navigation Officer on the USS Edison, a Destroyer, during World War II. He was a very proud and patriotic American and served his Country with precision, courage and devotion. After the war, Perry was asked by the United States NAVY to become a career Naval Officer. Perry had already met the great love of his life, Arita and decided to stay and settle in Seattle to be with his future wife.
Upon return to the University of Washington after the War, Perry graduated with honours receiving a combined Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Degree in Naval Science. Perry worked a short time at Washington Mutual Savings Bank where his Father’s reputation with the bank manager helped to secure Perry’s employment. During this time Perry spent 1 ½ years at the University of Washington pursuing a Doctor of Jurisprudence advanced degree.
In 1948, Perry began working for the Boeing Company, where he would have a life long career of 42 illustrious and accomplished years. He first worked in the guided missile space program and then in several upper managerial positions in the prestigious Aerospace division. He was at the forefront of guided missile development. Perry became the Director of Program Planning and Control for the Aerospace division with 1000 people reporting to him directly and indirectly. Perry received numerous awards and mentions, including the prestigious Charete award. He was loved and respected by all at the Boeing Company. His colleagues and former employees pursued Perry for years after his retirement as a hired consultant, mentor, and advisor due to his knowledge, and expertise. Perry’s unique skills enabled him to bring professionals together from across all disciplines to plan and execute complex tasks for the Aerospace division. Perry retired from Boeing in 1990 with a legacy of great accomplishments; a truly gifted and elegant gentleman.
Perry was deeply involved with and devoted to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, of which he was a member. Equally with the larger Greek community as well as extending himself and his good works to The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Demetrios. His work experience, methodological approach to life, and his sensitivity toward people made him a natural leader within the Greek Community as his Father was before him. He was actively involved with the formation of GOYA (The Greek American Progressive Association), and AHEPA (The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association). In 1979 he contributed to the publication: The Assumption Church In History, 1939-1979. He served on the board of the All Saints Camp, an outreach program of the Seattle Greek Orthodox Churches for many years, which he loved. Perry used his extensive knowledge of the Greek community as a major contributor and proofreader for A History of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and Her People, 1882-1999. Perry was ever present at Church and loved singing tenor in the Choir. In fact, he loved singing hymns everywhere, and it was beautiful to hear his melodic voice.
Perry was an exceptional Father and husband, who encased his children in goodness and unconditional love and compassion. He adored his extraordinary wife Arita. He adored his family, both immediate and extended. Perry was an avid numismatist, philatelist, golfer, gardener, athlete, dancer, brilliant intellectual, and extraordinarily hard worker. Perry was calm, kind, patient, and the most humble of beings. Perry will be greatly and eternally missed by all of those whose lives he touched. Perry’s Father Pericles I would have been so proud of his son and all that he did and was. Scarlatos Marches On! read the obituary in 1935 for our beloved Grandfather. Truly “Scarlatos Marches On and Beyond”! is a concrete legacy thanks to the greatness of our Father, the beloved Pericles Homer Scarlatos II. May he rest in peace forever and sleep with the angels surrounding him. God rest his beautiful soul.
Trisagion is to be held at Bonney Watson Funeral Home Sunday July 5 2015 at 7 PM, 1732 Broadway Seattle WA 98122. Parking in parking lot north of the establishment.
Funeral services to be held at The Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, beginning at 11 am Monday July 6 2015. The Makaria to follow, at the Church, and then procession to the Evergreen – Washelli Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please sent contributions to your preferred charity in the name of Pericles and Arita Scarlatos.
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