ForeverMissed

Thank you

The Skerritt family would like to thank you for all of your words of kindness and expressions of love. 
May God continue to bless and keep you.



Keith's Celebration of Life:
Date:   Saturday, March 20, 2021
Time:   12:00 PM
Place:   New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ
             124 W Chester Street, Long Beach New York 11561 

                  The service will also be live streamed :                                                                               https://www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join-meeting
                             Church Access Code #:   937423621                                                                          Dial in from phone  1-646-749-3112, access code 937423621
Due to COVID, families will be seated together and socially distanced.  Please let us know if you plan to attend the service in person(send a message or contact a family member), so that we can monitor the number of people attending.

Repast: The repast will be at the church, following the service.  In honor of our dear brother Keith, we will also provide 'to go"  food containers.
Posted by Rosezell Cusack on March 21, 2021
My condolences to the family. So many fond memories of my classmate. IS 174  music room with Mr Bragen and Ms Landsberg.  You were always funny and I am so shocked. Sending Love and Hugs to the family. Kelvin be strong. May God comfort you all during this difficult time.
Posted by Lynnelle Thomas on March 21, 2021
Dear Lynnelle and Family:

The entire Shiloh Baptist Church family joins me in expressing our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of your beloved brother, Keith Alexander Skerritt Sr,. In times of grief, we can sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed with emotions. Heaviness and deep feelings of sorrow well up in our hearts and it can seem as though comfort is beyond our reach. However, as Jesus Christ tells us, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).

The death of a loved one is never easy to bear, but we know our God is a gracious God, who promised to never leave us, nor forsake us. And although we must endure trials and tribulations, we also know that our Lord is our comforter through it all. Cherish the life of your loved one and all that he has meant to you and your family and know that he is at peace.

We pray that the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will give you continued guidance for the days ahead. In time, may you find healing for your sorrows and be able to truly cherish the loving memories of your loved one.

Faithfully Yours in Christ Jesus,

Deacon James Davis and
The Members of Shiloh Baptist Church of Plainfield, NJ
Posted by Lynnelle Thomas on March 20, 2021
My Dear Brother,
Today we celebrated you! I put together a video tribute to show your fun loving character with all the warn hugs you gave, your 'Keith' moves and faces, your deliberate expressions of faith and your lively spirit. You would say to me,"God loves you and so do I !" I will love you forever. I am faithful and happy that you are at peace.
Posted by Lynnelle Thomas on March 20, 2021
A tribute to Keith Skerritt Sr.:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS--qRU3jns


Posted by Denzell Thomas on March 20, 2021
Uncle Keith... Where do I Even Begin?

The laughs, the stories, the memories and the experiences with you will never be forgotten.

Your presence alone always brightened up the room which is probably what I’m going to miss most. Your faith in the lord, your prayers, your smile, and your perspective on life, always made me realize how blessed I am.

It’s crazy...even though your finally with The Lord...I know FOR A FACT your watching over All of us smiling and sending all your blessings our way.

And I’m going to continue to make you proud any hold it down for my brothers, Dad, and “Izz” aka Ma 

I Love You
I Miss You

Thank you for everything

Your finally ALL The Way Up!
Posted by Esther Eloge on March 20, 2021
My condolences brother may God comfort be upon you and bring you comfort my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by KELVIN SKERRITT on March 18, 2021
Musical Tribute for my other half.
lets celebrate “ALL THE WAY UP”!!!!

https://youtu.be/N8zQuWTwk-Y
Posted by Alicia Howard on March 18, 2021
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Words fail to express my deep sorrow for the sudden loss of my cousin Keith. There is a trail of beautiful memories, your smile; a devilish twinkle in your eye; and always your parting words, God bless. You will be missed. May your soul rest in peace.
Posted by Euralanda Holder on March 18, 2021
In Memory of My Cousin Keith

So sad. So soon. So sudden.

We will hold precious memories of you, and your sense of humor, in our hearts for a lifetime. Rest in Peace.        

Posted by Alicia DeCambre on March 18, 2021
Dear Family,

I pray for peace and understanding in your time of sorrow...the rest will follow...as Bishop Paul puts it, "Let go, Let God"...

https://youtu.be/YugivPgi2Fc

Posted by Gail Clarke on March 17, 2021
My Dear Nephew Keith,
We are saddened that our Dear Lord summoned you to be with him so soon, but we are thankful that the family could travel to Barbados and my party in Maryland in 2019. We had an enjoyable time during those visits.
Peaceful rest to you and those who have gone before.
Aunt Ilene
Posted by KELVIN SKERRITT on March 17, 2021
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. SEPARATED TOO SOON!

There are so many awesome experiences and stories that my twin brother Keith and I shared that I could have wrote about. But I decided to share with you my most recent encounter .
  Friday March 05, 2021 I got up at 1:30 in the morning as I normally do before I go to work to read my Bible in the kitchen . As I proceeded to sit down I immediately start hearing loud banging noises right behind me coming from the refrigerator and pantry area. So I jumped up to investigate where could that noise be coming from. Asking myself who would be making all that noise so early in the morning. The only other person home with me was my wife and she was still sleep. So I grapped my phone and started recording the loud banging noises as proof so my wife didn’t think I was losing my mind. Once I had enough evidence I sat back down. Immediately the lights in the kitchen began to flicker vigorously . Then before you knew it everything stopped. I took a few minutes to evaluate what just happened. Then I prayed then continued to read my scriptures.
  On the drive in to work I shared the crazy experiance with my wife. We didn’t have a clue on what all of that meant . So we went about our day.
  Right about 11:00am while on the phone with the owner of my company I get a incoming call from my brother Vance. I text him I'm on the other line can I call you right back. Then two minutes later my sister Lynnelle calls me. Right then and there I told myself Keith passed away. I immediately called Vance back praying that my intuition wasn’t true but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
   Several hours later while talking to Vance on the phone he revealed to me that someone stated that they been calling Keith cell phone since 1:30am thur 9:00am. They said he always picks up the phone. It was at that moment when the light bulb went off in my head. (LOUD NOISES FLICKERING LIGHTS 1:30 IN THE MORNING) Later that afternoon Vance confirmed the miss phone calls starting at 1:30 in the morning from Keith’s cell phone.
   That was my twin Keith Alexander Skerritt Sr. saying his final goodbyes. Until we meet again!
Like you always use to tell me “ I LOVE YOU LIKE PIGS LOVE SLOP” !!!!
  







Posted by Lionel Rice on March 15, 2021
Keithie you were one hell of a chef you should of been on Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped or Guys Grocery Games you were that good and creative.
When I worked @ American Express 770 Broadway they needed a grill man I told your mom and she had you set up the interview and you nailed it to the point you became the head man making menus and lunch specials That was how you rolled flair and flamboyance
MY YOU SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE LUV YOU CUZZZ ❤ ❤
YOU WILL BE MISSED
Posted by Deborah Burnett on March 15, 2021
Keith Skerritt Sr. ......... gone way too soon.

Just barely wrapping our heads around this...

We should all be preparing to relax and enjoy retirement, enter our 60s, and laugh at the aches & pains, loss of hair, and need for glasses. We should not be saying goodbye just yet.

Your "life of the party" attitude and eternal smile will never be forgotten. We will take care of Kelvin, your twin. He and the rest of your siblings miss you terribly. You rest in peace.

Well.... we know you, so take that rest after the party we're sure you'll arrange with Uncle Lionel, Auntie Gwen, Grandpa Skerritt, Grandpa Mac, Aunt Ruby, Aunt Gloria, Uncle Mert, Uncle Sonny, Ian, Curtis, and Lamont.

Then you rest. "All the way Up!"
Posted by Gail Clarke on March 15, 2021
To my cousin Keith,
Wow, this is tough! My wish is for your peaceful rest, Keith.
It will take us a while to process your passing, but we will store you in the rightful place in our hearts. When we look All the way up, we'll remember you forever.
Posted by Gail Clarke on March 15, 2021
https://youtu.be/d3DSQTDGMxY

Keith's favorite song, which he sang always, and will forever sing.
Posted by Delroy Linton on March 14, 2021
Musical Tribute in Honor of Keith Skerritt Sr.
I Look To You - Whitney Houston with R Kelly

https://youtu.be/1WdtXAqYBc4

Click on the link above. Once you get in...skip pass the ads...to hear the song
Posted by Delroy Linton on March 14, 2021
I'm still very numb as a result of Keith's untimely transition. We're talking about someone who projected his own special kind of 'SPARKLE' in this life. Over the years we were consistent running partners from boys into men...we were 'family'. The quintessential charmer, good time guy and whimsical joker. I'm certain that those of us who were fortunate to know Keith...will agree that he left this life way too soon. Rest In Peace Keith....You Are All The Way Up!
Posted by Darren Skerritt on March 14, 2021
To my brother Keith Skerritt Sr., Was a impulsive, spontaneous, foodie. Rest in peace. Will miss you...
Posted by Vance Skerritt on March 13, 2021
To my brother Keith who I know is reading this over my shoulder. along with mom and dad. S.I.P. my brother until we meet again. As you last said to me" MY ALMIGHTLY GOD IS A GREAT GOD, YES ON GODS TIME, STAY UP, STAY WELL, STAY ENCOURAGED, STAY BLESSED, AND STAY SAFE!!!'

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Posted by Rosezell Cusack on March 21, 2021
My condolences to the family. So many fond memories of my classmate. IS 174  music room with Mr Bragen and Ms Landsberg.  You were always funny and I am so shocked. Sending Love and Hugs to the family. Kelvin be strong. May God comfort you all during this difficult time.
Posted by Lynnelle Thomas on March 21, 2021
Dear Lynnelle and Family:

The entire Shiloh Baptist Church family joins me in expressing our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of your beloved brother, Keith Alexander Skerritt Sr,. In times of grief, we can sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed with emotions. Heaviness and deep feelings of sorrow well up in our hearts and it can seem as though comfort is beyond our reach. However, as Jesus Christ tells us, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).

The death of a loved one is never easy to bear, but we know our God is a gracious God, who promised to never leave us, nor forsake us. And although we must endure trials and tribulations, we also know that our Lord is our comforter through it all. Cherish the life of your loved one and all that he has meant to you and your family and know that he is at peace.

We pray that the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will give you continued guidance for the days ahead. In time, may you find healing for your sorrows and be able to truly cherish the loving memories of your loved one.

Faithfully Yours in Christ Jesus,

Deacon James Davis and
The Members of Shiloh Baptist Church of Plainfield, NJ
Posted by Lynnelle Thomas on March 20, 2021
My Dear Brother,
Today we celebrated you! I put together a video tribute to show your fun loving character with all the warn hugs you gave, your 'Keith' moves and faces, your deliberate expressions of faith and your lively spirit. You would say to me,"God loves you and so do I !" I will love you forever. I am faithful and happy that you are at peace.
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Keith Skerritt Sr. Obituary

Keith Alexander Skerritt Sr., along with his fraternal twin Kelvin, were born on February 11, 1963  to Lionel Slyvester and Gwendolyn Viola Skerritt, in New York City.  He was raised on Noble Avenue in the Bronx, New York.  He passed away on March 5, 2021 due to possible complications from diabetes.

Keith was baptized and attended All Souls Episcopal Church in Harlem as a young child. He was later confirmed at  St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the Bronx. At St. Andrew’s Church, he was a member of the youth group, worked at the church summer camp, and  created many lifelong memories which we all dearly cherish.  He continued his spiritual journey at a few other churches but ultimately chose New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, as his home church. He traveled from Harlem to Long Island to attend services there. 

Keith attended Food & Maritime High School in New York City where he allowed his passion for cooking to flourish.  As a high school student, he often sported professional chef attire and diligently worked on his culinary skills. He made numerous cakes for many special events and handled catering requests.  After graduating from Food & Maritime High School in 1981, he studied at The Institute of Culinary Arts where he continued to refine his craft.  Keith obtained several certifications including certifications in nutrition, as well as dietary and food handling. He enjoyed working at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station and later worked for the Hotels and Hospitals Corporation.  

Throughout his life, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends and just “having a good time.” Besides being a talented chef, Keith is also known for being fun loving, a jokester, the life of the party, and ‘a preacher’.  One of his favorite songs was Always and Forever, which he performed at church variety shows.  One of his many notable catchphrases was,                       “All the  way up, nothing can stop me!” 

Keith was preceded in death by his parents Lionel and Gwendolyn Skerritt and other beloved family members. He is survived by his sons Keith Skerritt Jr. and Jaleel Skerritt, his grandchildren, Khyree Skerritt(Keith) and Genesis Skerritt(Jaleel), his former spouse Jalene Thomas; his siblings,  Darren Skerritt(Cheryl), Vance Skerritt(April), twin brother Kelvin Skerritt(Valquise), sisters Lynnelle Skerritt-Thomas and Rhonda Tyson-Alston.  His Aunt Ilene Hewitt, Uncle Freddy Rice, Norman & Elizabeth Burnett, Yvonne Clarke. Cousins Eurlanda, Patricia, George, Alicia, Lionel, Terrance, Gail-Selina, Stefanie, Dana, Lauren, Deborah, Angela, Terrance B, Delroy, Leroy six nieces, twelve nephews and a host of special family members and friends.


Recent stories

Keith the gamer and late night cook

Shared by Nadean Jones on March 18, 2021
Keith use to hang out at our house in the mid 80s. He would play cards and other games sometimes all night. It would be keith, Gerald, and my brother. ( i guess they are reunite).one game that they drove me crazy with was Monopoly. They played that game as if it was real money. It was crazy. After all of their playing, they would chip in and go shopping so that Keith could cook. They loved his lasagna. He walked around with his brief case before he started cooking he would whip that white jacket and hathe out. He was a good person and friend. Sleep in peace my friend. Maybe you and my twin can get a monopoly game going.❤

To my very talented Executive Chef Kieth

Shared by Julius Almenas on March 16, 2021
I want to take out this time and Thank you a million times for your kindness and blessings throughout our life. We have shared many great memories going to chef school at Food and Maritime.. your inspirational advice will always be with me. We laughed so much, we rode together like twin brothers everyday and everything we did. Thank you for being you!! You will always be in my heart, and one day, I will meet with you again soon.. Rest well, and be at peace, I love you Brother, Julius Da Baker

Always and forever...

Shared by Gail Clarke on March 15, 2021
I think Keith may have sung "Always and Forever" a thousand times! 
At Weddings, parties, engagements, that was his song, and I will never forget his singing.  Keith was a jokester, prankster, a teaser, and always made us laugh, so it was difficult to take him seriously.  He teased me relentlessly about the song "I'm leaving on a jet plane.."  Here 50+ years later it still makes me laugh.
We had a fun childhood and we can thank our parents for it.  But life got challenging as we got older, and we had our burdens and crosses to carry.
I'll Always and Forever remember you, Keith, for your humor, passion for cooking, and most importantly your love for the Lord. 
May God grant you eternal rest, my dear cousin.