Robert James Skinner, 78, of Stratford, died a peaceful death surrounded by all his loving family on Friday, August 19th at Stratford General Hospital after battling Pulmonary Fibrosis. Beloved husband of Marjorie (Marge) Twamley, whom he married on August 2, 1957. Loving father of Stephen (Linda) of Tavistock, Sheryl (Scot) Roberts of Lions Head, and Dave (Angie) of Stratford. Proud Grandfather of Julie (Chris) Hilts of Tavistock, Jill (Jordan) Scherer of Kitchener, Chad (Mandy) Roberts of Alliston, Jeremy (Kristy) Skinner of Calgary, Melissa (Tyson) Swartzentruber of New Hamburg, Nadine and Rachel Skinner of Stratford. A great grandfather of Zachary, Liam, Charlie, Eden, Michael, Madison, Carter, Clara and Nolan. Brother of Thelma (Harold) Gelinas of Windsor, Jack (Gladys) of Stratford, Norman of Smith Falls, Vernon (Marjorie) of Stratford, Bruce (Judi) of Duncan, B.C. Brother in Law of Darlene (Max) Norris of Kitchener, Lorne (Sharon) Twamley of Stratford, and Else Twamley of Temecula, California. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbours. Predeceased by his parents Russell and Isabella (Cruikshank) Skinner, brother Harold, sisters Marlene Coughlan and Laura Lewis, mother and father in law Robert and Elizabeth (Betty) Twamley. Bob was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church in Stratford where he served as a reader and commentator. He lent his expertise on both the financial and building committees which involved two major renovations. He served as Former Grand Knight of the Knight of Columbus Council 1431, as an Honorary Life Member of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus he served as a Past Faithful Navigator. He held the position of executive member and rector of the Cursillo Movement for 10 years. Bob worked 25 years for Kroehler Furniture then worked at Samsonite as an Industrial Engineer. He retired from Cami Automotive in 2001. After retirement he continued working part time for Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board. In his earlier years along with his brothers, Bob was a member of the Perth Regiment Pipe Band as a drummer and then a piper. Bob enjoyed coaching with the Stratford Memorial Minor Soft:ball Association. During his retirement he enjoyed travelling around the world with his wife, family and friends as well as spending time at their cottage south of Bayfield for 28 years. Even during his illness he participated in a research study for new drugs to benefit others with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Tuesday, August 23, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will hold a service at the funeral home Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 50 Well Street, Stratford on Wednesday, August 24 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund or to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation through the funeral home. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com 
Visitation
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Prayers at 6:45 p.m.

Funeral Mass
Wednesday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m.
Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
50 Well Street, Stratford, Ontario

Reception
Immaculate Conception Parish Hall

Memorial Donations
Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund
Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

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