He was a proud Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Upon returning to Claremont, he worked at Joy Manufacturing for over 30 years as a machinist.
He was a volunteer coach with the Goodwin Community Center in the 1960’s, teaching many Claremont boys to play baseball; this was one of his most treasured achievements in his life. After retiring from Joy, he worked for several years on the grounds crew at St. Gaudens National Historic Site.
He and his wife Beryl enjoyed many vacations together in Las Vegas, Wells Beach, ME, and visiting friends in Seattle, WA. He and Beryl were very proud active members of the Stevens High School class of 1951, that celebrates their 65th Anniversary this year. After her death, he became active in stock car racing as a crew member. Skeets was a lifelong New England sports fan, leaving many gatherings early if a game was ready to begin on TV. In his years in Manchester, the highlight of his days was visiting on the bench with fellow residents at Sundance Village.
He is survived by three sons, Robert and his wife Michele Garneau, Scott Garneau, and James Garneau; all of Manchester. He has one daughter, Beth and her husband Lenard Dunphy of Amman, Jordan. He has five grandchildren, Kristyn and her husband James Fadden, Mallory Garneau, Taylor, Natalie, and Danielle Dunphy, and twin grandchildren Brynn and Seamus Fadden. He is survived by two brothers; Roland and his wife Kay Garneau of Scituate, MA and Ronald and his wife Carol Garneau of Charlestown, NH. He was pre deceased by two sisters, Cecile Garneau and Helen Granger. He has several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 13th, at 11AM in St. Joseph Church, Elm Street, Claremont with Rev. Father George Majka, Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in West Claremont Burying Ground.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Beryl McLin Garneau class of 1951 Alumni Scholarship Fund at Stevens High School or the NH Chapter of Make A Wish Foundation; which his son Bob was instrumental in founding 30 years ago.
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