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350 Genesee Street
AVON, NY 14414
Phone: 585-226-2340
Fax: 585-226-3484
Ray Skinner

Ray Mitchell Skinner

Saturday, April 6th, 1946 - Thursday, December 19th, 2019
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Avon - Passed away peacefully on December 19, 2019 at age 73, while surrounded by his children at home, following 12 months of treatment for cancer.

Born in North Hornell, NY in 1946, Ray graduated from Hornell High school in 1964. After his college graduation from Brockport State College, he was drafted into the United States Army. Upon his return from overseas, he studied his post graduate work at both Brockport and other surrounding Rochester-area colleges. He married in 1975 and moved to Avon the following year.

Ray was recently predeceased by his beloved brother John M. Skinner (Diane Walsh) Hornell, NY and niece Shaun Bellitto (Robert Bellitto) Hamburg, NY. Previously predeceased by his father Merritt (Matt) Skinner and mother Frances (Spink) Skinner; nephew John (Jay) Skinner; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Galley.

Ray is survived by his wife, Marcia (Bannister) Skinner of Dansville, NY; son, Aaron Skinner (Lauren Skinner) of Bel Air, MD; daughter, Arianne Skinner of Richmond, VA; grandsons Augustus Ray Skinner and Justus John Skinner; sister Marla Galley (Allan Bergeson) of Jamestown, NY; brother Lee Skinner of Allenspark, CO; as well as two sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law, and their spouses; and 70+ special nieces and nephews.

Ray was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War; having served with the 9th Infantry Division, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, and the 101st Airmobile Division. Following his service, he worked for the New York State Government, with the last several years working at the Office of Medicaid Inspector General. He retired in 2009 after 37 years of service.

Over the years, Ray found numerous opportunities to give back to the community through various organizations and activities. He was a member of Avon VFW Post 5292, the American Legion Post 294, and he Rochester Vietnam Veterans of America-Chapter 20.

To his children, Ray was their rock, their guide, and their hero. He lived his life like he taught his children; “Leave things better than you found it,” for which the world is better than he found it because of his kindness, compassion, service, and love he so generously gave everyone.

Family and friends are invited to call Friday, December 27, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home 350 Genesee Street, Avon. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Noon with food/beverages to follow until 4:00PM at the Avon Inn. A private burial service will be held at a later date for close family and friends in Avon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to any reputable organization involved in cancer research and/or treatment, or the Avon Veteran’s Hall, 5480 Avon-E Avon Road, PO Box 132 Avon, NY 14414.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home
    Address
    350 Genesee St.
    AVON, NY 14414
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    Avon Inn
    Address
    55 E. Main St.
    AVON, NY
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    ****Please note date of Memorial Service Memorial Service will be held at Noon and a reception will follow until 4:00 pm.
  • Interment

    Location
    Avon Cemetery
    Address
    Rochester St.
    AVON, NY
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    Private interment in the Spring of 2020 with Military Honors.

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Anne Barrett

Posted at 10:25am
Ray was a great neighbor to my parents Tom and Kay Freeman back in the old days. He was a kind thoughtful man. He will be missed. We are thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers. Fondly, Anne and Bob Barrett
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Blandin Karabinos

Posted at 04:37pm
On behalf of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment's veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia please accept our condolences. Ray served proudly and courageously with C Troop ithrough all of 1970. As an honorable and respected trooper, it was our priviledge to have him in the ranks of the Legendary Blackhorse Regiment. Our loss is that of another brother down, who we respectfully salute this day and as often as he will be called to mind. He was a Life member of the 11thACVVC and as such will be listed on the rolls of our honored dead, acknowledged in our newslettera nd prayfully eulogized at our annual reunion. His life has not ended, merely changed and he is enjoy some of the rewards for his unselfish service and dedication. As we were together then (in Vietnam), we will be together again in the life hereafter comfortably enfolded in the arms of our Merciful God..
Chaplain Bill Karabinos (2/11 ACR; 71-72)
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Andrew Harkness

Posted at 08:38am
Ray is in a wonderful place now. He was a great friend to me. The world was a better place with him in it.
JM

Jaes McLean

Posted at 11:42am
We were very sorry to lean of Ray's passing and his long battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time . He will be greatly missed.
Maija & Jim McLean
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ROBERT EVELAND

Posted at 09:57am
My prayers go out to the family of Ray.May you RIP my Friend.
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