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773 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: 781-893-6260
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John Skinner

(Ret.) Concord PD Inspector John "Jack" Skinner

Tuesday, February 14th, 1950 - Wednesday, March 24th, 2021
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(Ret.) Concord Police Inspector/Composite Sketch Artist John "Jack" Skinner

Of Waltham, passed away peacefully early Wednesday March 24th, 2021 in the comfort of his home with his beloved wife and daughters by his side after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 71.

Born in Cambridge; son of the late John G. Skinner and Eleanor (Buckley) Skinner. Jack was raised in Watertown and spent 3 years in Concord before moving to Waltham in 1976. Over the years, Jack also enjoyed time with his family in East Dennis.

A graduate of Watertown High School with the Class of 1968; Jack furthered his education at Northeastern University graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice. He went on to receive his Master's degree from Western New England College.

Jack served proudly and honorably with the Massachusetts Army National Guard in the 26th Yankee Division Military Police.

In 1972 at the age of 23, Jack began an illustrious career with the Town of Concord Police Department. He attended the Waltham Police Academy and he was appointed to the Concord Department as a Police Officer- Patrolman in 1972; retiring as an Inspector/Composite Sketch Artist after 43 years of dedicated and faithful service to the Citizens of Concord. Throughout his Law enforcement career, Jack studied Forensic Facial Imaging at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He received his Composite Artist Certification through the Stuart Parks Forensic Association and became a Police Composite Sketch Artist. His unique talent and skills assisted many police departments throughout Metro Boston with numerous investigations and successful identification of suspects.

He was a longtime member of the Concord Police Relief Association; Massachusetts Coalition of Police MCOP; the Irish-American Police Officers Association; the Concord Art and Cape Cod Art Associations.

From a young age, Jack had a passion for baseball and art. He played baseball himself, was a diehard Boston Red Sox fan, collected baseball trading cards, and started his art career attempting to draw his favorite baseball players from his baseball cards at age 8.

Over the years, as a talented artist, Jack continued drawing and painting, sharing his artwork with others. He also hit the road, with his love of driving and exploring leading to extensive traveling with his family and endless road trips.

Jack's life revolved around helping others; he would do anything to make any person smile. He truly put others first, devoting his life to his family, community and country. He was kind, and helpful. Jack was an amazing husband, father, brother and true, loyal friend to so many.

Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years Catherine (Bella) Skinner; his devoted & loving daughters Jacquelyn “Jackie” Skinner and Catherine Skinner; his dear siblings Julianne Small; Jeffrey Skinner and his wife Laurie (Oster); and Jannette Garneau and her husband David; his brother-in-law John Bella and his wife Deborah (Holloway) Bella and sister-in-law Elisa Bella Casella and her husband Rick Casella. In addition, he is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and his community of brothers & sisters in law enforcement.

For the safety of those we love and care about during this difficult time; and for those who wish to pay their respects to Jack and his family in the Brasco & Sons Memorial Funeral Home, 325 Trapelo Road, Belmont, Mass., on Monday March 29th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. We ask that friends please be mindful and respectful of the current limitations on social gatherings. For those who wish to pay their final respects but are unable to attend, please be sure to sign the guestbook at www.BrascoFuneralHome.com.

Following the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Boston, family and friends are welcome to gather and celebrate Jack's life and remember the love he shared with those he touched at a Funeral Mass in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 920 Trapelo Road, Waltham on Tuesday, March 30th at 11:00 am. Due to seating capacity additional seating will be provided outside of church for those attending Mass. His burial with Military and Police Honors will follow at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Jack's memory to the Mt. Auburn Hospital Development Office Attn: Oncology Research, 330 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138 or Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, March 29th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, March 29th, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Brasco & Sons Memorial Chapels Belmont
    Address
    325 Trapelo Road
    BELMONT, MA 02478
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  • Service

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted
    Address
    920 Trapelo Road
    WALTHAM, MA 02452
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    Officiant
    Reverend James DiPerri
  • Interment

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 |
    When
    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021
    Location
    Mount Auburn Cemetery & Crematory
    Address
    580 Mount Auburn Street
    CAMBRIDGE, MA
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Jan Manchuso

Posted at 01:13pm
Cathy,
I was so saddened to learn of Jack’s passing.
It has been a long time, but the memories that we share are quite vivid during the days as CPD families and they bring me joy. Jack was always so caring , full of fun and you were the perfect compliment.
I am so sorry that you are traveling such a heart breaking journey, but please know that you are in my prayers and the warmest part of my heart.

Jan Manchuso
CB

Carolyn Burke

Posted at 03:53pm
Dear Cathie, Jackie, Catherine and all of Jack's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many beautiful memories of Jack, including some wonderful holidays spent at the Bellas' where Jack kept us laughing with his wit, his stories and his camera antics. I can't help but smile when I think of Jack at those Trivia Nights at Arlington Catholic, he really enjoyed them. My mind moves from one memory to the next like a series of short films. What a beautiful soul
JS

Janet Sampson

Posted at 02:47pm
To Jackie’s family,
I graduated from Watertown High School, class of 1968 with Jackie. I also knew him from our days at the East Jr High School. My husband Vic remembers him as they played baseball together at WHS. Vic remembers him as one of the purest outfielders he ever knew as he covered all fields effortlessly.

We have recently met up with him at our reunion get togethers. He was as kind and thoughtful as always. We learned of his artistic talents and Vic and I are proud owners of three pieces of art that he gifted to us.

It is with great sadness that we learned of Jack’s recent passing. Someone sent me a clip of Jackie doing a commercial for DunkIn Donuts and a promo for Boston. I have watched it several times in the last few days and it has made me smile with wonderful memories of him.

I pray that you find solace with his memories as I have. To you, his wife, and his daughters, you hit the lottery with a guy as wonderful and brilliant as Jack.

My deepest condolences,
Janet (Sampson and Vic Palladino
CL

Cheryl Lake

Posted at 01:17pm
Cathy and girls,

Always with a kind word and quick wit! Jack was always a pleasure to be around. He will be dearly missed.

Paul & Cheryl Lake

JS

Julia Schroeder

Posted at 11:25pm
I loved the way Jackie talked about Jack. She loves him so much and it was clear how much of an impact he had on her whole life and especially her comedy and sense of humor. From the way she talked about him, I pictured this larger than life character that ruled all of Boston. When I finally got the honor of meeting him, I realized he was exactly as promised. I LOVED getting to sit and talk with the Skinners in Haymaker after sketch shows, get Jack's approval on my sub par Boston accent, and get incredible joke pitches from him on our sketches. Meeting Jack (and Catherine) made me understand why Jackie is such a force. Jack left behind a legacy in his amazing family, and his spirit will live on in them forever. So much love to the entire family, miss you already Jack.

Love,
Julia Schroeder
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