SKEIE, Jack Bernard -
FEBRUARY 6, 1947 – JUNE 6, 2023
After a short battle with aggressive cancer, Jack Bernard Skeie, of Whitby, Ontario died at Lakeridge Oshawa on Tuesday June 6, 2023.
Jack was born on February 6, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York to Klara Skeie (Christensen) and Peder Skeie, proud Norwegian Americans.
Beloved husband of Anna Mae Gabriel.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Jack has one brother Olav (Yvonne), niece Cindy (Bill), nephew Craig (Kris) and nephew Keith (Jane) in California and Hawaii. He is also survived by great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces, and a great-great-nephew. He was very fond of his cousins all across the United States and in Norway.
Jack and his wife Anna Mae Gabriel, made their home in Whitby and enjoyed twenty five years at their condo at Tidewater Plantation in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Jack loved everyone he met, but particularly treasured happy times with his Good Guy friends from Brooklyn, many of whom settled in and near Tidewater. He adored golf, good meals, a cold Guinness and sharing his particular brand of humour with all people he encountered.
In Canada, Jack will be missed by all the Gabriels, Rita (Jack), Tom (Bonnie), Peter (Bette), Robert (Mandy) and beloved niece, nephews, great-niece, great-nephews and a recent great-great nephew as well as extended family. He was a popular neighbour and a dear friend to many.
He was very proud of his long career handling claims for AIG, in New York, Oregon, again in New York and finally in Canada.
He also was one of the few people who could say survived a major plane crash, near drowning in the Snake River and injured in a Jeep crash, all within a period of a few months when he was a young man.
During his final illness, he managed to maintain his dignity and his trademark sense of humour.
Visitation will be held at the OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Friday June 16th from 9:30 a.m. until time of Memorial Service in the chapel at 10:30 a.m.
Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be made at oshawafuneralhome.com .
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