Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 19, 2013

Ralph Skinder, 83

Andover, MA — Ralph G. Skinder, longtime resident of Andover and beloved husband of Barbara J. (Doyle) Skinder, died from complications of cardiac arrest on August 27, 2013.

Mr. Skinder was never idle, and was often repairing, restoring, refinishing or revitalizing anything near or far. He started his career in the Air National Guard mechanic division, and cherished his years in the auto industry. He was a lifetime learner, and was passionate regarding issues surrounding social justice. He thoroughly enjoyed quality time with family and friends, and was known as a fine dancer, and patron of local theater. He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. (Doyle) Skinder. He was the loving father of Gerard J. and his wife, Ellen Nicole Skinder, of Merrimac, Mark A. and Mary Hunter Skinder of Greenfield, Carolyn F. Skinder of Cambria, Calif., Laurel M. and her husband, John T. Gourville, of Wakefield and Amy E. and Todd Meredith of Spokane, Wash., and the adored grandfather of Maggie, Evan, Alisher, Jasmine, Cedar, Eli, Byron and Briar.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral Mass was held at St. Augustine's Church on August 31. Donations in his honor are most welcome at Catholic Charities, 51 Sleeper St., Boston, MA 02210 and Habitat for Humanity, 240 Commercial St., 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109. For additional information, please visit