Skinner, Nancy - Suddenly, yet peacefully at University Hospital on Friday, April 29, the morning of the Royal Wedding, Nancy Elizabeth Skinner, 1938-2011. Predeceased by her parents Isobel Morton Skinner, nee Holmes (2009) and Allan Woodley Skinner (1945). Loved and loving sister of Ann Skinner of Stratford. Loved and loving life companion of Richard Yake of London. Suvived by her cousins Charles Beer (Mary Anna) of Newmarket, David Beer of South Africa, James Beer (Agathe Marcoux) of St. Laurent, Quebec, Jan Woytasik (Al) of Hamilton, Rob Riddle (Gerry Hewitt) of Kamloops, BC and lovingly remembered by the next generation. Nancy, having had polio as a child, went on to work for the Crippled Children's Centre in London, the Ontario Crippled Children's Centre in Toronto and the March of Dimes, London. An active member of ALPHA, with Bob Loveless she co-founded Cheshire Homes of London, Inc. She was an active member of the Ontario Advisory Council on disability issues. Her church home was Colborne Street United Church. Always vitally interested in the activities of her friends and family, she lived the last 6 years at Chelsey Park Retirement Community where she enjoyed many beautiful friendships with both staff and residents. Ann and Richard are grateful for the many years of loving care with Cheshire Outreach and the many other caregivers interwoven in the fabric of her life. She loved theatre, concerts, a good movie and a challenging bridge game. Visitation on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, where a Celebration of Her Life will be conducted on Tuesday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m. by Rev. David R. Carrothers. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Cheshire Homes of London, Inc., Ontario March of Dimes or Orchestra London would be gratefully acknowledged.
Steve and Linda Balcom
April 30, 2011, 3:04 pm
I have many fond and loving memories of Nancy. As one of the first residents of Cheshire group home, I pestered her regarding my application. Nancy remembered me from the Crippled Childrens Center when I was 4 years old and took great delight in reminding me of that at any given opportunity. She will be truly missed.
April 30, 2011, 11:08 pm
Nancy was a truely amazing women, and always made me feel like a part of her family. My thoughts and prayers are with Anne and Richard ....she will truely missed
May 1, 2011, 12:32 pm
Dear Ann and Richard
So sorry to hear from Alyce about Nancy's passing. She and Alan were such good buddies.
I will raise a glass in her honour at 8 am on the 3rd.
Ann and the Sutherlands
May 1, 2011, 2:11 pm
Drar Ann and Richard,
I am so sorry about Nancy. I have to leave to take care of a sick friend in Cornwall, Ont.
I will try to be back for the Memorial Service. Tuesday at 11 am Sincerely, David
May 2, 2011, 12:56 pm
Nancy was an incredible woman!!! I've known her for over 18 yrs and she was not just a friend to me, she made me feel like part of her family!!! Nancy will be sadly missed by all. I believe that tears can heal and that all the memories we have with her, will help comfort us. Thinking of you at this sad time.... wishing you peace in the days to come. Just know that love lives on forever.
I will deeply miss you!!!
Laura Gillespie (nee Abray)
May 2, 2011, 1:08 pm
I am so sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. She was an amazing woman. She was always so kind and had a story to share. She & Richard recently attended my father's funeral and it meant so much to see them there. Thank you. I know Aunt Caryl will miss her life-long friend so very much. Our thoughts are with you. Cherish the memories.
George & Charlene Abray
May 3, 2011, 12:07 am
Nancy, Nancy, Nancy--what a wonderful and classy lady. She was always so upbeat and interesting to be around. We wish we could be at the service, but Caryl will have to be our proxy. Our most sincere condolences to Richard and all the family.
George & Charlene Abray (Mobile Al.)
May 3, 2011, 2:12 pm
Ann, Janet and Rob. Please accept my sincere condolences on Nancy's passing. I remember her well from my early days on Bernard Ave as a lady of real character. My memories of riding with Nancy in the black Pontiac are as clear today as if the trip was this morning rather than decades ago. I didn't understand polio then and was always amazed that she could do so much. I am sure you will have many warm memories of her to last for many years to come. With very best regards, David Stinson.
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