In memory of
Terry Skinner
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In memory of
Terry Skinner
SKINNER, TERRY August 24, 1958 – October 5, 2016 It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my father, Terrance (Terry) Skinner, at 58 years young. Terry grew up in Fort William, Ontario, to parents Ramona (Moe) and Alfred Skinner. Terry always spoke fondly of his childhood memories growing up and spending most summers at the family camp on Green Point, Lake Superior. Both Terry and his brother, Allan, were actively involved in sports growing up-particularly baseball. Terry would remember fondly, how his dad would take them to the old Chapples Ball Park on Victoria Avenue to watch fastball games. This naturally led to both Terry and Allan playing little league baseball for many years. In the early 80's Terry began working in a youth residential program, for an agency now known as Children's Centre Thunder Bay. Over the past three decades, Terry has held several positions at CCTB where he supported many children, youth and families through challenging times. Terry's love of knowledge and learning lead him to return to Lakehead University, as a mature student, where he proudly earned his Honours Bachelor of Social Work Degree, first class standing. Terry was an active member on the Board of Directors for Thunder Bay Counselling Centre, for six years, and chaired from 2003–2007. Terry built many meaningful relationships throughout his professional years; most notable were those with his CCTB colleagues. Terry was passionate about sports, and as an adult–very involved in hockey. This led to many late nights at the rink, goaltending for different hockey leagues including boot hockey. In the late 90's, Terry acquired his coaching certification and coached with the Thunder Bay Queen's Hockey Organization, where he did one-to-one goalie work, which he loved. Terry was his best self when he was active in sports as well as running and biking. A proud moment was when he completed the Fire Fighter's Ten Mile Road Race. Terry was a devoted golfer, and his golf clubs lived in the back of his truck, ready to go! He particularly enjoyed Emerald Greens, and time spent with golf buddies; Jamie, Jack, John and Paul. Terry enjoyed spending time outdoors, and often camped at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Time on the beach, playing cards, and playing cribbage will remain fond memories. Terry liked to ride his bike, and took full advantage of living next to Boulevard Lake. Most importantly, Terry loved the view that Port Arthur afforded him, there were many afternoons he could be found contently sitting on his balcony, enjoying the view, watching the boats come in, while reading whichever war and history book he had most recently picked up. When it came to culinary skills, Terry was not exactly gifted; however he never failed to make the best manicotti in Thunder Bay! Any event he attended gave him an excuse to share his signature dish. Terry will also be best remembered for his witty comebacks, sense of humour, intelligence, and ability to remain calm in highly charged situations. He will be greatly missed. Throughout the years, my dad struggled to overcome the challenge of addictions. For such reasons, there were times I found it difficult to be present in his life. I take comfort in knowing that he is now at peace. I have much gratitude for the opportunity his passing has given me to recollect great memories once shared with my dad, and to also reflect upon his life and his many accomplishments. Terry will be deeply loved and missed by surviving daughter, Carly Ducharme-Skinner. He is predeceased by parents, Ramona and Alfred Skinner. Services and internment will be private. In lieu of flowers and donations, please engage with others about the issues related to addiction and mental illness in order to increase opportunities for wellness and reduce the stigmas. “Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference” On line condolences at: www.jenkens-funeral.ca
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