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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My deepest condolences to the Skeete Family. Melvin will be missed greatly.
From:  Raymond Ettienne

Deepest Sympathy to Olga,Lem and family.We have great memories of Melvin.(we are saddened).
From:  Janice, Rica and Thad Best

We send our sincerest condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. He will be missed, not only by his family but by his many friends. May God take him in his tender loving arms and bless him.
From:  Vernal & Karen Tull

It is with deepest sympathy that I send my condolences to the Skeete Family. Melvin was a friend of mine and he did indeed love life. His heart was huge and this was evident with the work he did for the community and in his profession with Nova Tours. He was able to share his fishing stories with captive audiences of both community and visitors, and with family and friends wherever he went. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family during this time of sadness. He will be missed.
Sincerely, Tony Ince, Minister, Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage

On behalf of our President, members and staff, I would like to extend our deepest Condolences to the Skeete family. May the lord be with you in the days a head.
From:  Robert Upshaw (ED)

Condolences to the entire Skeete Family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in this your time of sorrow.
From:  Marsha (Jones)/Clayton Gannon

Sorry to hear of Melvin's passing.When ever I met Melvin he always had a big smile and heartfelt hello for me. He will be missed very much. Sorry I can,t be at the funeral for I am working but my thoughts and prayers are with you during this hard time.
From:  Robert Pierre
Darcy and family Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your loved one. God Bless
From:  Archie & Linda MacDonald

To the members of the Skeete family, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless Busby' Garvan Herbert and Family

I have had the honor of knowing Melvin while working at New Waterford Heights…he was such a joy to be around ..never complained ..loved to laugh and joke around. You will be missed by all the workers on the floor..Rest in peace my friend.
From:  Carol White

I wuold like to send my condolences to the Skeete and Paris families on the passing of son and father,Melvin. We always had a friendly chuckle when we met. He had a real infectious smile. God bless you at this time. Love Helen xo

Olga, Lem I am sorry for your loss. Remember the good times
From:  Roly Pretty

Dear Olga, Lem & Family We extend our most sincere condolences regarding the passing of Melvin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Carl Crawford & Family

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Skeete & Lucas Families and Friends during this grief stricken time. We pray for Melvin's eternal rest in heaven.
From:  Mona Yakimchuck, Wally, Ashley and Chelsey Talbot

It is with a heavy heart that we express our deepest condolences to our daughter and the Skeete family at this very difficult time . Mel you will be forever missed and always in our hearts. xoxo
From:  Lynn (MacNeil) George Clyke and Family

Darcy, Lou and The Skeete Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
From:  Mick and Family

I am very saddened to hear of Melvin's passing. We were all very close as kids and I will hold onto the fond memories of fun and laughter during our early days. I have had the blessing to be truly loved by my adopted Mom Olga as a young girl and be treated as one of her own, so I know how much he was loved by his family and how they will miss him. My thoughts and prayer are with you all during this time. Rest in peace Melvin. Love Denise (Niecy) Toussaint (Toronto)and the Toussaint Family
From:  Denise Toussaint

With our deepest sympathy. May the Lord comfort you in these difficult times
From:  Donna /Jamaul Toussaint

I am so sorry for your loss.  I'm going to miss seeing Melvin again.
From:  Walter Vaters