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John Stuart Sarkissian

John Stuart Sarkissian

Friday, March 11th, 1927 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020
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John Stuart (Sarky) Sarkissian passed away on June 11, 2020, from complications from a fractured hip. During his 30 plus years in the Lakeland School District Sarky was a beloved history teacher, football coach and administrator. He also became a member of the Carmel High School football family and was a volunteer coach up until last season. He was devoted to his students and football players, mentoring and guiding many of them who went on to become close friends after graduation. As devoted as he was to his students, he was as devoted to his family. He was married for 50 years to his beloved wife Gloria, passed away in January 2003 after a lengthy illness. He leaves behind his companion of 12 years, Catherine Ott Williams, who took wonderful care of him after a serious car accident in 2010. He also leaves behind his four children, JoAnne and her husband Jeff, John and his wife Ramona, Steven and Michelle. In addition, he leaves behind three granddaughters, Wysteria, Gabriella, Alexandra, one grandson, Jason, three step granddaughters, Adina, Angelica and Alayna, and 13 great grandchildren. A memorial will be held at a future date.
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Sharon Tortora-DeRosso

Posted at 08:45pm
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. We just found out about John’s death and are so sorry. It was such a good friend of my dads. I’m sure they’re together right now. Please let us know about his memorial. Sharon and Bill

Jack Zalewski

Posted at 05:24pm
As a 1968 LHS alumni I can honestly say that he was the most memorable teacher I had at LHS. After graduating, Sark invited me to return to his senior class after I had completed Army basic training to talk to his students about the experience. I was happy to see him briefly at the 50th reunion of my class in 2018. May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort in knowing how many lives he affected during his teaching career.
Jack Zalewski, The Villages, Florida

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