It is with sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Melvin Anthony Skeete on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by his family.
Born in Sydney, Melvin was the son of Lemuel and Olga (Lucas) Skeete.
Melvin loved life, people and most of all, had a big heart for the love of his grandchildren. He was a longtime employee of Nova Tours (Fortress of Louisbourg), CBRM and Transport Canada (Sydney Airport). Melvin love driving, especially buses. He was a former member of Trinity United Church, Whitney Pier. He loved and enjoyed fishing and playing darts. Melvin will be remembered by his family and friends for making people laugh by being comical and a prankster.
Besides his parents, Melvin is survived by his children, Bruce, Shannon (Jamie Gillis), Susie, Jason, Theresa (Terry Paris), Jennie and Jennie’s mother, Carole; grandchildren, Melvin, Tyson, Avery, Anthony, Leeah, Jessalynn, Matthieu, Jaycey, Keigan, Xia and brothers, Lemuel, Darcy (Mary Lou) and Carlton (Melodie). Melvin is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Melvin was predeceased by his sister, Florence and brother, Jonathan.
Visitation and funeral service to celebrate the life of Melvin Anthony Skeete will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with service to follow at 1 p.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Rev. Jim Murchison officiating. Light refreshments will be served in the reception area following the service. Interment will take place in Eastmount Cemetery, Whitney Pier.
Donations in memory of Melvin may be made to MS Society, Atlantic Division.
The family gives thanks to all the health professionals that provided care to Melvin during his time of need.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
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