If you have ever been to The Green Dragon Tavern in Boston at the end of a summer's day, and noticed a certain reenacted 18th century red-coated British officer throwing back a few pints with tourists and locals alike, deploying his inexplicable combination of crankiness and charm that made him genuinely likable, you most likely met Michael Szkolka.
Michael C. Szkolka, resident of Dorchester's Savin Hill, originally of Chicago's South Side, passed away on February 14, 2022.
Michael was the beloved husband of Andrea, father of son Michael (Sarah) and daughter Mary (Bryan), and brother to John (Cindy), Joseph, James Dodge and Paul Dodge.
He had a passion for education and history as he was a teacher for 26 years at Fontbonne Academy in Milton, an adjunct professor at Quincy College, and a staple on the Freedom Trail in Boston as a tour guide with Lessons on Liberty. Though he loved learning about the Age of Reason, Michael was a man of passion. He loved traveling the world, finding "old man bars," meeting new people, and finding twisted historical lanes. He loved early American rock 'n' roll, especially Buddy Holly & the Crickets, and sports, specifically watching his beloved Cubs, the Bruins, and playing with his softball team.
He will be sorely missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Boston National Historical Park, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129.