OBITUARY: Gerald Bruce Skilling, 82

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGOTN, MA — 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 Wilmington Congregational Church, 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.

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