John Joseph Skiers, 77, of Tampa Fla. was born in Buffalo, New York on December 25, 1944. John graduated from Kenmore West and attended Jersey State College. From there, he served in the United States Army for 3 years stationed over seas in Hawaii. Upon completion of his military duty, he began a career in sales of hydraulics and pneumatics. This became his passion & he continued in sales for the remainder of his life and was presently working for Central Hydraulics in Daytona Beach, Fl. and Global Hose in Tampa, Fl. at his time of departure.
John was proceeded in death by his parents John and Jane Skierczynski, and brother Anthony.
He is survived by his loving wife Kathy Skiers of Tampa, Fl, where they had a blessed 51 years together, his 3 children, Jeffrey “Bubby” John of Tampa, Fl, Lisa “Wee Wee” Lyn Ripley (Mark) of Brooksville, Fl, Susan “Pokey” Kathryn Jamieson of Tampa, Fl, grandchildren Shelby “Gooseball” Rodriguez (Elliott), of Brooksville, Fl, Jaiden John of St. Petersburg, Fl., great-grandchildren Yalisa Lyn Rodriguez and Yarelys Lyn Rodriguez of Brooksville, Fl., son-in-law Desmond Jamieson of Brandon Fl., and his devoted sister Betty Jane Piskorz (Fred) of Derby New York, as well as several nieces & nephews.
Eight years ago John was blessed with more time to live by having an Left Ventricular device placed. Over the years, John had some complications due to the LVAD and became a frequent flyer at Tampa General Hospital but each time he became stronger and more determined to live. His wife, Kathy, cared for him each time and they had a bond that could never be broken. The family would like to thank the Cardiac Care Team of Tampa General Hospital to include the VAD coordinators, the nurses that knew him by first name on every cardiac floor and greeted him with a smile, and especially Dr. Peter Berman whom never gave up on him.
John loved his family and that is whom he lived for. He was a selfless, loving, caring, funny man. He used to love to cook on the grill and feed everyone he knew. He was passionate about food but more for the significance of it with the gathering of family, especially for Sunday dinners. Never a dull moment in the Skiers house with John around. He was so very loved and will be deeply missed. On the night of March 17, 2022 John had a fall in which he would not be able to recover. With his family at his bedside he left to be with the lord on March 18, 2022 at 1345.
” A limb has fallen from the family tree I hear a voice that whispers, grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the songs. The good I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you. Keep on smiling, the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul at rest remembering all.. how I was truly blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small go on with your lives, don’t stare at the wall. I miss you all dearly so keep up your chin until that fine day we’re together again”.
A celebration of life to share all of the memories of John will be announced at a later date.