Gary L. Skelton

May 6, 1962 ~ July 22, 2023 (age 61) 61 Years Old


Gary L. Skelton, 62, died at his Hyde Lake home on, July 22, 2023, after a brief illness.

He was born in Watertown on May 6, 1961, son Charles and Grace Schaefer Skelton.  He attended Watertown schools, graduating from Watertown High in 1979. 

After a few years of hospitality/food service jobs, Gary decided to pursue a career as a mechanic.  He graduated from Morrisville A.T.C. in May 1983 with an A.A.S. degree in Automotive Technology, and quickly attained a job at a Watertown dealership.  In 1989 he was hired by the New York State Department of Transportation, where he worked as a mechanic for 30 years – retiring in 2019.

He married Lori L. Farren on September 19, 2020, in a ceremony conducted on his porch overlooking the lake.

Gary was a beloved son, cherished and loving husband, and a loyal friend.  He enjoyed photography, listening to old radio shows, especially Gunsmoke, his cats Elijah and Brodie, and sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee to watch the wildlife pass through his yard.

He was predeceased by his parents.  Surviving besides his wife are three stepsons, his sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Dale Gamache, nephew and wife Grant and Corrie Gamache, great-nieces and a great-nephew and cousins.

Following Gary’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service.  Burial will be at the convenience of his family.

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