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John Skelson at his office on the Kill Van Kull. (Staten Island Advance/Ryan Lavis)

 

The Staten Island Advance published John Skelson’s obituary in the paper today. Beautifully written, with many tales of his accomplishments, his talent, and his family…

But this quote from his partner Phyllis really hit home – it encapsulates John’s spirit perfectly.

“He was a quiet, peaceful, happy man who lived his life doing exactly what he wanted to do,” said his partner of 30 years, Phyllis Featherstone. “He was a very talented photographer and artist and generously shared his knowledge with others. And he was loved and admired by many – his students, friends, comrades and family.”

Happy. Peaceful. Talented. Generous. Loved.

Read John’s obit at SILive here and make sure to watch the embedded video.

 

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

As some of you may know, a few of John Skelson‘s harbor-folk friends ventured out to Skelson’s Office on Monday to Ship Spot in memory of  our dear John Skelson, gone too soon, last week.

The KVK was busy that day – as it is everyday – and with each zoom in and every click of the trigger, we felt John’s presence right there with us. Margaret Moran, Ever Legend, Irish Sea, and oh! a nice surprise when James D Moran popped up from behind the CMA CGM Dalila – John would have loved that! He only got to shoot James D once before…

Every time I pass Skelson’s Office on the Kill, I will think of John. It will forever be “his place”.

 

John Skelson’s Office on the KVK. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Ellen McAllister navigating the containership Ever Legend to the KVK. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Kirby’s Irish Sea pushing a barge. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Margaret Moran and CMA CGM Dalila passing Skelson’s Office. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Margaret Moran. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Kirby Moran was there too, assisting. Photo by Mitch Waxman

And a surprise! James D Moran bringing up the rear. James D is one of Moran’s new tugs on the harbor. Photo by Mitch Waxman

We noticed that friends of John had put up memorials at Skelson’s Office. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Bjoern Kils and Will Van Dorp joined us on the water in the NY Media Boat RIB. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Will Van Dorp got this great shot of the memorial to John Skelson from the kill, isn’t the back-lighting beautiful? Photo by Will Van Dorp

Another memorial for John at Skelson’s office. Photo by Mitch Waxman

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Mitch Waxman at Skelson’s Office. Photo by Mai Armstrong

Joanne Reinauer III coming in… this one’s for you John. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Vane’s Red Hook tipping her hat for John at Skelson’s Office. Photo by Mitch Waxman

This will always be “Skelson’s Office” to me. Photo by Mitch Waxman

 

You can post your messages for John and his family on the NYT Obit Guestbook here.
Photos by Mitch Waxman, Will Van Dorp and Mai Armstrong generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee.

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