John Warner Skillin Sr.

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John Warner Skillin Sr., 70

FREEPORT - John Warner Skillin Sr., historian, teacher, husband, father and grandfather, and diabetic for over 62 years, died at age 70.

Born on March 11, 1947, the son of Edmund and Laura Skillin, he graduated from Freeport High School and the University of Maine, Gorham, with a master's in education. He dedicated his life to managing his diabetes and the study of history. He married Brenda Fogg on March 11, 1967, and taught sixth grade science for 36 years in Mexico, Maine.

John, Brenda, and their children John and Sonya would commute weekends from Dixfield to Freeport. In addition to teaching, he worked and managed Winslow Park for 25 summers, lobstered and assisted his brother-in-law and fellow teacher Jim Lumsden on clambakes.

John traveled extensively with his family reenacting Bicentennial events. He toured all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Panama, Europe, and the Mediterranean.

He was active with the Masons, Kora Shrine, and above all First Parish Congregational Church in Freeport as a trustee. John relived history daily and hoped others would also share his love of history and ancestry.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Brenda; son John and his wife Rachael and granddaughter Amelia; and daughter Sonya Day, granddaughter Caroline, and grandson Griffin and his wife Nicole. John also leaves his sister Beth and her husband Fred Maitland; sisters-in-law Gayle Gordon, Gloria DeGrandpre, and Robyn Peskovitz and her husband John Peskovitz; as well as nieces and nephew, Allison Garrett, Anna McDowell, William Hill, Kathy DeGrandpre, and Karen DeGrandpre.

A Celebration of Life at Freeport First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., Freeport, is 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. You may offer your condolences and stories at:

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to
Freeport First Parish Church Congregational

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 10, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Lindquist Funeral Home
1 Mayberry Ln | Yarmouth, ME 04096 | (207) 846-4011
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