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Gerald Bruce Skilling

January 11th, 2022

Gerald Bruce Skilling, age 82, a 57-year resident of Wilmington, MA passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday January 7, 2022. He had a very active life until then. He was born on September 22, 1939 in Boston. He was the cherished son of the late Henry P. and Doris E. (Batchelder). He was the brother of James, Shirley (Hartley), and John. He was raised in Milton, MA and was graduated from Milton High School in 1957.

He served in the U.S. Army for three years, training at Fort Dix (NJ) and Fort Eustis (VA) for transportation school. Later, he was transferred to Metz, France where he improved Army transportation logistics. From France, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Carol Ann Pihl, and plans for a wedding in April 1959 were made.

Shortly after a Niagara Falls honeymoon, the new Skilling couple went to France, where their first child, Randal, was born. When Randy was two months old, Carol and baby Randy flew home, while Jerry got ready to be discharged from the Army. That fall, he started work stateside at Roadway Express, Inc., where he worked as a supervisor and retired after forty years. Jerry and Carol had five children: Randy (wife Karen), Robert (wife Janice), Janet Beecher, Sandy Miller, and Roger (wife Shannon). There are fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren (Angie, Terry, Courtney, Robbie, Samantha, Kristina, Tracey, Paul, Alex, Jenna, Jacob, Sam, Harry, Jack, Gracie, Michael, and Scarlett). Jerry and Carol enjoyed traveling together for many years, reaching all 50 states and Europe. Jerry loved riding rollercoasters and trains, and he loved to drive Carol wherever she wanted to go.

Family and friends will gather for a Service to celebrate Jerry’s life on Sunday, January 16th at 2:00 p.m. in the Congregational Church in Wilmington, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA 01887.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jerry’s memory to the Congregational Church in Wilmington.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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5 Entries in Guest Book for “Gerald Bruce Skilling”

  1. Frank West says:

    Karen and I are saddened by the passing of Mr.Skilling. We used to see Mr and Mrs Skilling at Mrs Little’s birthday parties. He was a pleasant man and interesting to talk to. We offer our deepest sympathies to the entire Skilling family.

  2. Pamela Pirro DeCecca says:

    Beautiful man…beautiful family…God Bless…Wonderful memories as a teen watching him him enjoy his large recliner listening to scanners…always a smile and warm smile. He loved his family and it was a honor to know him…soft spoken, stoic and wise. Thoughts and prayers to Janet, Sandy, Robby, Randy, Roger snd their families…and blessings to Carol…a wonderful loving wife.

  3. Lisa Morris says:

    So sorry for your loss. A great father who raised wonderful children.I know he will be greatly missed and remembered fondly.
    Love you all!

  4. BARBARA MORSE says:

    CAROL AND FAMILY, VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSSPLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME AS I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DEALINF WITH CAROLSINCERLY FOR DRIEND AND FORMER CLASSMATE AT MIDDLESEX BARBARA MORSE

  5. The Keegans says:

    To all of the Skilling Family, Please accept our sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you get through this sad time.
    Love, Michael, Laura and Mackay

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