We are saddened to announce the passing of Milburn (Skully) Leonard Skolrood at Hospice House in Vernon on September 1, 2009 at the age of 88 years. Skully is survived by his wife Mabel of 33 years and their children; Lawrie (Vicki) Skolrood, Leslie Skolrood, Leah (Tom) Woods, Lynn (Gordon) Utri, Lenny Painchaud, Doreen (Oscar) Milton and Ken (Olga) Scaman. Skully was also very proud of his sixteen grand and thirteen great grand children. His is predeceased in life by his brother Milton.
Skully was born in Lashburn Saskatchewan and moved at an early age to North Battleford Saskatchewan where he attended school and was active in boxing, swimming and hockey. In 1940 he joined the Saskatoon Light Infantry and served five years in Europe and Italy during World War II. After returning home he joined his father and brother as an employee of the Canadian National Railway where he worked his way up to the position of “Station Master” in the city of Saskatoon. He left the railway to pursue a career in sales which he took part in until his retirement to Gabriola Island and in 2003 Skully and Mabel moved to Vernon.
Skully will be remembered for his love of family, his fondness of animals and his wonderful sense of humour.
In respecting Skully’s wishes, he was cremated and there will be no funeral service. A “come and go” reception will be held for friends and family to celebrate his life on Sept. 12, 2009 at the Spruce Landing club house at 3900 – 27th Ave. Vernon from 3pm to 6pm. In lieu of flowers donations in Skully’s memory may be made to the North Okanagan Hospice Society 3506 – 27th Ave. Vernon B.C. V1T 1S4.Sk