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August 15, 2013

Edward R. Skeffington Esq., 84

North Andover — Edward R. Skeffington, Esq., died on August 13, 2013, following a long battle with Parkinson's Disease and Diabetes. He was born in Dorchester, Mass., on February 2, 1929, son of the late Edward Cabot Skeffington and Anna Caristi Skeffington, and brother of the late Joseph D'Antuono.

Edward was raised in Dorchester, Mass., and graduated from Boston College High School, Boston College, and Suffolk University Law School. He was employed by the Suffolk County Juvenile Court for many years and was actively involved in the Massachusetts Probation Association, serving in many capacities including President from 1974-1978, where he was instrumental in bringing about collective bargaining within the judicial system for the probation departments. In addition, he was a Professor at Suffolk University Sociology Department, a Professor at Suffolk University Law School, a Professor at Boston College Sociology Department, and a Lecturer at Boston University Medical School. His positions as Professor and Lecturer continued long into his retirement and he considered teaching young people one of the great joys of his life.

Edward was a longtime resident of North Reading, Mass., and North Andover, Mass. He was active in his neighborhood association and was the Editor of the Apple Blossom Times, an informative and amusing newsletter.

Edward leaves behind his beloved wife, Patricia; his daughter, Pamela Richard of Nashua, N.H.; his son, Mark and daughter-in-law, Marla of San Marino, Calif.; and six grandchildren, Shannon Fontaine and her husband, Michael, Danielle Richard, Jason Richard, Jared Richard, Bridget Skeffington, and John Edward Skeffington; and his beloved nephews and their families.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends will celebrate Edward’s life by gathering at a funeral Mass to be offered on Saturday, August 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church, 196 Main St., North Andover. Burial will follow in Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.

Calling hours will be on Friday, August 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third St., North Andover.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (www.pdf.org).

For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.