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Robert "Ski" Skawinski 10/6/2016

Robert Francis “Ski” Skawinski

6/24/1940 – 10/6/2016

NORTH ATTLEBORO - Robert Francis “Ski” Skawinski died unexpectedly on October 6th 2016 at his home.  He is the son of the late Ruth Allen from Pawtucket RI, who passed away when he was very young and then lovingly mothered by the late Rita Skawinski and was son of the late Frank Skawinski both formerly of North Attleboro.

 He is survived by three children: Holly Skawinski of Taunton, Robin Skawinski-Hankinson of Bradenton FL, and Todd Skawinski of Liberty ME; longtime girlfriend Joanne Ballard of North Attleboro and three sisters: Susan Skawinski of Marion, Nancy Skawinski of Marion, and Debbie Grundy of Cumberland RI. He also leaves many cousins and good friends in MA, ME, and RI.  

Ski served as a Coxswain in the US Navy from 1957-1961 on the USS Lake Champlain. He was very proud and honored to serve his country and loved being in the Navy.

 Ski was a long time resident of North Attleboro. He was an Auto Body Repair Man by trade and was mostly self-employed.

 In 1983 – 1995, he took his trade to Palermo, ME, an area he always loved. After several years in Maine, he gave up auto body repair and became a lobster fisherman, something he always dreamed of doing.

 Ski was a longtime member of the North Attleboro Elks, and the North Attleboro VFW.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and, camping. While living in Maine, he served as a hunting guide to many of his MA, ME and RI friends and loved doing it.  He then moved back to North Attleboro in 1995.

Ski was also a huge history buff and he enjoyed reading about the civil war. He would often say, “I would have made a great history teacher”.

Ski loved to laugh and make others do the same.  He could tell a story or a joke like no one else and if you laughed hard enough, you’d get to hear that same story or joke 100 more times and still laugh just as hard as the first time. No one will forget the way he told the stories of “Dougy Two Bears”, “Guinea Pig in a Snowsuit”, or “Road Trip with Pears”.

What Ski loved most of all was his family and friends.  He referred to anyone he met as “a good friend of mine”. Words cannot express how much we will miss him.

Visiting hours will be Sunday, October 16 from 3-6 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro immediately followed by a prayer service in the funeral home at 6 p.m.  A private burial will be held on Monday, October 17 at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association, PO BOX 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or www.dav.org.




#14 Lori Barden 2016-10-25 15:37
One of my favorite customers when I was at the bank- I loved every joke and his fantastic boisterous personality. My prayers to all of his family, he was a wonderful man.
#13 Geoffrey Chabot 2016-10-23 19:27
I remember Ski with with his old Indian Motorcycle. He was my childhood hero. Will never forget this next door neighbor.
#12 Pat & Craig Frost 2016-10-17 11:39
We are so sorry to hear of your lose. Your Dad was always such a nice friendly man & always smiling. I wish you all peace.
#11 Bruce Skawinski 2016-10-14 23:38
Our deepest sympathies to Holly, Robin, Todd and Joanne. We always had a good laugh with Bob!
MaryAnne and Bruce
#10 Sarah Whiting 2016-10-14 00:22
Holly, Robin, and Todd,
I am very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you.
#9 Don & Jean Reynolds 2016-10-13 23:09
Rest in peace my friend, we will miss you. prayers and condolences to the Family
#8 Tina and George 2016-10-13 22:26
R.I.P. Heaven has gained a great story teller and Heaven will be rolling over with laughter, again and again and again. And to the Ski family please accept our condolences.
#7 Tina and George 2016-10-13 18:31
R.I.P. Heaven just gained the best story teller ever and Heaven will be rolling over in laughter for ever and ever and ever. You will be missed. And to the Ski family our condolences.
#6 Rosemary Niviello 2016-10-13 01:26
Holly Robin Todd and Joanne so sorry for your loss.
#5 Alva Philbrook 2016-10-12 20:55
the Skawinski family, my heart breaks for your loss . Todd,just knowing you and your character your Dad must have been a great man. My prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow
#4 Suzie Turcotte 2016-10-12 18:30
Holly, Robin, Todd and family I am so sorry for your loss. I always remember your Dad every morning he would come in and have tea with my Mom, he always commented that he felt like royalty because of the silver service tea tray and tea cups my Mom would use, of course this was after he had done his chores in the barn. We will all miss him very much, he was a great friend.
#3 michele orlando 2016-10-12 03:35
to robin and family I'm so sorry to hear about your dad many thoughts and prayers to you all
#2 Leslie Paquin 2016-10-12 00:29
Holly, Robin, Todd and Joanne

I am so very sorry for your loss. Ski was always full of laughter and mischievous, the more time you spent with him the funnier he was. He loved being with people but mostly his family.

He will be greatly missed
#1 robin Skawinski 2016-10-11 13:17
I love you Dad you will be missed every day. Forever your loving daughter.

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