May 3, 1922

The Register

May 3, 1922


Yarmouth Telegram: - The death of Rev. Joseph Dimock Skinner took place at his home, Yarmouth South, on Thursday morning, following an illness which had extended over the past few years. The deceased was a native of Weston, Kings County, but for many years has resided in either this town or at Central Chebogue, first coming to this county nearly forty years ago. At that time Mr. Skinner accepted the pastorate of the Chebogue and Arcadia churches, where he remained for a few years when he resigned and went to Vermont, U.S.A. In that State he held pastorates of Passumpsic and other places, remaining there until his retirement from active ministerial work and his return to Yarmouth about twenty years ago. Since coming to Yarmouth Mr. Skinner has, with the exception of occasionally doing brief supply work for various clergy, lived a retired life. About three years ago his health became seriously broken and he has gradually failed, while for several months past his condition was most precarious, demanding almost constant care. O Tuesday evening the reverend gentleman suffered a severe stroke, the third, of paralysis, from which he failed to rally and his passing Thursday morning, although deplorably felt by his family and many friends, came as a great relief to all.

During his career in the active ministry, Mr. Skinner was honored and admired by all who knew him, while in his retirement, his quiet sincerity demanded for him the immediate respect of all within his presence. While in the active ministry, his labors were of a most profound nature and fraught with much lasting good. His discourses were always timely, well-chosen and appropriate, showing the very genuineness of his thought as well as his studious nature, consequently, during all those years, Mr. Skinner proved himself to be a leader of much worth to his beloved denomination. Since his return to Yarmouth, Mr. Skinner took a very deep interest in the affairs of the Temple U. B. church, Yarmouth South, and until failing health compelled him to remain at home, he was always a most regular attendant at all Sunday and mid week services.

Mr. Skinner was 75 years of age and besides his widow, he is survived by two sons: Ernest, of Passumpsic, Vt., and Burton B., accountant with William Law & Co.; also five sisters and one brother.

The funeral will take place from his home, Main Street, Sunday afternoon, and will be conducted by Rev. S. A. MacDougall, pastor of the Temple U. B. church.