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William H. Skerritt

November 20, 1945 ~ September 17, 2017 (age 71)
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Message from Gurley Precision Instruments
September 20, 2017 9:09 AM

To the family of Bill Skerritt, Gurley Precision extends its deepest sympathy and sincere condolences. Bill will be greatly missed by all of us - he was truly a member of the Gurley Family.
Message from john roy
September 20, 2017 11:04 AM

Bill was a wonderful artist and an affable human being. I loved him and his work; he will be greatly missed
Message from Earlene Bullett
September 20, 2017 5:27 PM

To the Skerritt Family. I knew Bill from DOT. He was a very nice man. My condolences on his passing.
Message from Rich Romeo
September 20, 2017 5:59 PM

One of the best people I worked with at DOT. He will be remembered as a consummate professional,well regarded as a knowledgeable and reasonable scientist, and most of all a genuine good guy. My condolences to his family.
Message from Jim Murphy
September 20, 2017 6:38 PM

I was fortunate to have worked with Bill for many years. He was a true professional - knowledgeable and dedicated. Bill was always positive and could understand well anything he tackled. His contributions certainly have made a difference.
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A candle was lit by Celia Murray on September 21, 2017 8:00 AM
To his wife, sons and his many friends - I am sorry for your loss. He will be sorely missed.
Message from John Maguire
September 21, 2017 8:43 AM

Joanne and family I am so sorry to read about the death of your husband William. It's such a profound loss. I will keep you all in my prayers and meditations and send you healing and strength.
Message from Gay Malin
September 21, 2017 3:37 PM

Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same. Thank you Bill.
Gay Malin

(Quote courtesy of Flavia Weedn)
Message from Marie
September 21, 2017 6:15 PM

Joanne and family,
So sorry for your loss,you will be in my prayers. I didn't know Bill for long but what I did know he was a kind and gentle man. He always seem to be so humble with all that he did. I know God inherited a good man. Please, if there is anything I can do to help.
Marie Otwori 👣👣👣
Message from Gary Frederick
September 22, 2017 10:55 AM

I had the pleasure of working with Bill for many years at DOT. He was a good role model for everyone and I know everyone liked and respected him. I'm glad I met him and certainly learned a lot from him. I'm sorry for your loss
Message from Rosemary Nichols
September 22, 2017 11:40 AM

Joanne: I am stunned. You must be devastated. I am so sorry.
Message from Diana Westbrook
September 22, 2017 3:42 PM

So so sorry to get this news. I knew Bill through the Print Club of Albany where we served on the board together. One day he invited me to see his studio and it was there that I discovered his interest in all things Gurley (my great grandfather). I last saw him at the Gateway where my cousin Carolyn Estey and I visited when she was here from California. Such a passionate and lovely man. Again, sorry for your loss.
Message from Nancy Goody & Gregg Bell
September 22, 2017 4:04 PM

Dear Joanne,
Our deepest condolences. We are so very sad for you. May Bill's memory always be a blessing.
Message from Lee and Sue Naughton
September 23, 2017 11:13 AM

Joanne, Lee and I were so sad to hear about Bill. Please let us know if we can do anything for you.
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A candle was lit by Carolyn Gurley Estey on September 23, 2017 4:15 PM
Message from Carolyn Gurley Estey
September 23, 2017 4:27 PM

Revised Condolence Message: This is very sad news. I had the pleasure of meeting Bill Skerritt in October 2015 when I came to Troy to accept the Alumni Hall of Fame award for my great-grandfather, Lewis E. Gurley, and his brother, William. I had bought Bill’s book about the Great Fire of Troy in August 2012, when I came to Troy just in time to see the exhibit at the Rensselaer Historical Society. When I was invited to RPI, I brought the book with me, hoping to meet Bill at the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, where I had arranged to meet Michael Barrett and donate the glass plaque award to the Gateway for the W. & L. E. Gurley collection. I was honored and delighted to meet both Michael Barrett and Bill Skerritt on that trip, and Bill signed the book for me. The following week, I donated two tin boxes that had been sealed in a room at Gurley Precision Instruments since 1919. I kept the letters and documents that were in them to transcribe and scan and then donate to the Gateway or to the NYS Library. Bill was the one who told me the boxes were there in the Gurley basement. Martin Gordinier, president of Gurley Precision Instruments, took me down there and we looked for the boxes and I called Bill and he directed us as to where to look and the boxes were there! This was very exciting. One box contained the estate settlement of William Gurley, who died in January 1887. The other box contained all the papers and letters related to his son, Louis Gurley. Bill was very eager to see the letters and papers, but there wasn’t enough time that day, so I took them home to California and began transcribing them. I sent some copies to Bill and Michael. Bill also gave me copies of letters he had transcribed that were in the Gurley Special Collection at the NYS Library. I had spent several days photographing the letters, diaries, and photographs there. Michael and Bill took me on a very enjoyable guided tour of Troy that day in October 2015 and showed me places related to the Gurley family. I am extremely sad about Bill send my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Message from Peter Loomis
September 25, 2017 11:14 AM

I was shocked and very saddened to read of Bill's untimely passing. We first met at an antiquarian book show years and years ago, where he was a dealer, and discovered we both worked at DOT. We shared a love of Nantucket's history, and my collection began when I bought Bill's books. At work, we used to share old photos of the island that we would find. I had a Meneely bell that Bill convinced me to loan to the Gateway, where it is presently. I feel so bad such a talented and wonderful man is gone too soon and I extend my sympathies to his family.
Message from Warren Chesner
September 25, 2017 12:53 PM

Joanne
It was my privilege to have had the opportunity to work closely with Bill the past few years. His integrity, character and principles stand out in my mind. I will miss him. I am sorry for your loss.
Warren
Message from Chuck Porter
September 25, 2017 4:31 PM

Bill was taken way too soon; my deepest condolences to Joanne and family. After knowing him for more than 50 years it's hard to accept this sudden loss. I'll miss Bill's knowledge, enthusiasm, compassion, and, most of all, his endless anecdotes.
Message from Willie Marlowe
September 25, 2017 4:42 PM

My condolences to Joanne and to their family. I admired his prints very much.
Message from Linden Phillips
September 26, 2017 12:21 PM

I was lucky enough to work with Bill at DOT Geology. I learned a lot from him. I am very sorry to hear of his passing.
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A candle was lit by Linden Phillips on September 26, 2017 12:22 PM
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A candle was lit by Penny Bonesteel on September 26, 2017 6:31 PM
Message from Kathleen Gleeson
September 28, 2017 11:13 AM

I was just informed of Bill's passing; how shocking and very sad. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for Joanne and family.
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