AUBURN — Malcolm (Skip) K. Skipton III, 63, of Auburn, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 16, 2018, following a battle with cancer. Skip peacefully passed away at home overlooking the Owasco Outlet with his family at his side.
Born March 17, 1955 in Springfield, Mass., he was the son of Malcolm K. Skipton Jr. and Marilyn U. Skipton Groth. Skip attended St. Lawrence University for undergrad, where he met his wife, Dr. Deborah Geer. He later received his MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He had various occupations, including working for the maximum security prison system on Big Island, Hawaii, business manager for the Cumberland Valley School of Music in Chambersburg, Pa., and managing his wife’s surgical practice in Auburn. However, the job he was most proud of was being a stay-at-home dad for 16 years.
Skip was passionate about serving his community, which included coaching kids’ soccer and YMCA league swimming, community theater lighting, sound, and set construction, various church activities (choirs, handbells, Bible quizzing), and playing the French horn in community bands and orchestras. Locally, Skip served as the treasurer for the Auburn Chamber Orchestra.
Skip was predeceased by his mother and father.
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He is survived by his wife, Deb; his children, Gregory (Kate) Skipton, of Watertown, N.Y., and Erica Skipton, of Portsmouth, Va., and sisters, Allyson (William) Long and Beth Skipton, of Killingworth, Conn.
Friends are invited to call on the family from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the 1840 Dulles Inn, 67 South St., Auburn. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Alliance Church, 630 N. Seward Ave., Auburn.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Malcolm K. Skipton III Family Missions Project, payable to Auburn Church of the Nazarene, 3360 E. Genesee St., Auburn, NY 13021.
Funeral arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home.