Residents in Beaverton and across Brock Township as a whole are mourning the death of community champion Randy Skinner.
Skinner – known as a dedicated family man, respected business owner and consummate volunteer – passed away on April 26 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 63.
A longtime member of the Beaverton Lions Club, amongst other groups and causes, Skinner was known as one of the village’s hardest working volunteers and also served roughly eight years as a member of township council.
“Randy represented the true spirit of community. His love for the village of Beaverton as well as all of Brock Township shone as a bright star through his extensive volunteer work as well as his time on council,” said Mayor Debbie Bath.
His efforts to improve the community led him to run for office in November 2008 following the death of longtime ward councillor and close friend Harold Lodwick earlier that year.
He ran unopposed in the 2010 election and was re-elected to the position in 2014, capturing an astonishing 80 percent of the vote, though he was forced to step away from the council table in June of 2016 due to health concerns.
Terry Clayton and John Grant, who both served as mayor during Skinner’s tenure on council, said he will long be remembered by countless residents across the township.
“Randy Skinner was a great friend and colleague. To Irene (his wife) and his family, my deepest condolences. They were always the most important people in his life. Randy was a great community leader who had this municipality in his heart. He will be missed but never forgotten,” Clayton said.
“I’m so saddened to learn of Randy’s passing. He never complained and always had that special smile of his along with a genuine willingness to help. I first met Randy in the Beaverton Kinsmen Club, we became golfing and poker buddies along with a pretty tight group of guys who you could always count on. I remember when he and Irene married and watched each of their daughters grow up,” Grant added.
“Randy has left a legacy that few, if any, will be able to emulate.”
Skinner won the Harold Lodwick Citizenship Award for his volunteer efforts in 2012 and had the Beaverton splash pad – a project he led from conception to completion – named in his honour two years later.
In 2017, he received a Canada 150 award from area MPP Jamie Schmale.
“Randy Skinner will be sadly missed but never forgotten. As fellow volunteers, Randy showed us all the importance of family, friendships, and giving back to the community,” said Cyndi Schaffer, a fellow Lions Club member who took over for Skinner on township council.
“I’m sorry to hear of the passing of former councillor Randy Skinnner. He will be long remembered for his work on council and more so in the Beaverton community,” added longtime local politician Larry O’Connor.
“He had a lighthearted way to get fellow members of Brock council to understand what he felt his constituents were looking for from their ward councillor.”
Funeral arrangements have not been set. Check back for more information as it becomes available.