Stephen Skelly

Stephen W. "Steve" Skelly

Tuesday, July 3rd, 1956 - Monday, May 4th, 2020
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    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Wethersfield
    34 Beaver Rd.
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Douglas Cobb

Posted at 12:45pm

Anita, Shannon and Maggie, as well as Joe and Steve’s siblings and your respective, extended families,

Heartfelt condolences on Steve’s recent + all-too premature passing.

Preaching to the choir, I’m sure – however, completely broken-hearted – as Steve was simply a GREAT guy – and even better human being.

Had the pleasure of getting to know him via Wethersfield Little League + while co-coaching our daughters’ softball team with Steve (and Pat Corry).

Or – more accurately: while Pat and I ATTEMPTED to coach…

…while Steve was ‘busy’ being, well, Steve:

Engaging + entertaining + amusing any/all attending parents and spectators (in addition to his players and co-coaches)…

…with his back to the field, of course – during the game(s)!

While coaching 1st and 3rd bases - Pat and I would just look across to each other, shake our heads and chuckle (in a good way…).

But that was Steve – and only 1 of the reasons why he was so loved and appreciated.

Of all the folks with whose paths I’ve crossed over the course of many moons – can’t think of anyone on this planet whose company I enjoyed more than Steve - so positive and gregarious + down to earth and funny (whether or not intentional!).

After not seeing Steve for quite some time - vividly recall seeing him walk in to the WHS gym the day of WHS Girls Volleyball Senior Appreciation – post-successful double organ transplant surgery – appearing in the best shape I’d ever seen him (granted – a low bar at that juncture – but work with me here!).

When I complimented him accordingly – Steve informed me of his double transplant – making it all the more extraordinary.

Coincidentally – later during that same event – Steve went out of his way to come back over to emphatically voice his support – for which I’ll be eternally grateful.

Wish I’d known about his time matriculating at LSC in VT (as I nearly did the same – after close neighbors relocated from CT to VT).

Tmi to most – however - I’m sure Steve would have appreciated learning:

A) On way FAR-up 91 North to LSC for (what CLEARLY should have been sanity) testing – somewhere just shy of LSC, pulled over + lectured (HARD – but no speeding ticket!) by VT state trooper for going +/- 90 MPH…

…in a (rattling) ’72 Duster…

…while ‘playing’ ‘air cane’* guitar to Foghat’s SLOW Ride (talk about an oxy-MORON…!).

*B) Regularly (+ quite effectively) used said cane to fake-hobble to front of EVERY general admission (rock) concert ever attended – resulting in numerous front row seats + Tom Petty’s guitar pick (+ front of every line to purchase tix to said events). Though – thankfully - never needed it for such purpose(s) – cane also form of self-defense at time.

Goes without saying – but I’ll say it anyway:

The world was a MUCH better place with Steve IN it – and not so much without (we need MORE Steve’s – not less!).

Though – along with countless others - eternally heartbroken + beyond bummed over Steve’s FAR-too premature passing…

On the flip-side – beyond-grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing Steve + hope to someday be able to emulate his seemingly endless happy-go-lucky enthusiasm.

(Though we all know he’ll be paying more attention to + chatting it up with those around him…)

May Steve enjoy his well-deserved front row seats to any/all ballgames (and/or concerts) of his liking – and may he continue to rest in peace – throughout the sands of time…


Doug Cobb


Kevin Verre

Posted at 02:03pm
My sincere condolences to you, Shannon and Maggie. I look forward to attending a future memorial service to honor Steve's life.
Kevin Verre


Posted at 01:16pm
Anita, Shannon and Maggie,
Condolences to your family. Dad was a very nice gentleman. My fellow YANKEE buddy! May he rest in peace.
Tammy and George camarco

T.R. Paulding

Posted at 01:01pm
I can still see Steve's smiling face in my mind's eye from all those years ago when we were kids. Saturday mornings at Webb for the pick-up basketball games and just hanging out with all of the John Havlicek or Walt Frazier wannabees. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the whole Skelly family for your loss....a great human being.

Mary Anne Kenyon

Posted at 09:23am
Anita, Maggie and Shannon,
David and I send our deepest sympathies to you in your loss of Stephen. You were one of the special families that we had at Charles Wright. We will always remember your caring ways always with such a positive attitude. Your wonderful memories will help to sustain you in the coming weeks and months! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Mary Anne and David Kenyon

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