Arthur Skipwith

Obituary for Arthur Skipwith

April 21, 2016
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

'Music is a journey...Jazz is getting lost!' (John O'Farrell)


Arthur Skipwith Jr., known to many as "Skip" passed away on Thursday April 21, 2016 at UMASS Medical Center with his family by his side. He was 70.

Skip was born on January 17, 1946 in Sawyersville, Alabama to the son of the late Arthur Sr. & Petronia (Long) Skipwith. He was raised in Alabama and attended college at Tennessee State graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. More importantly, it was one day in 1965 where his eye would catch the love of his life, Amelia A. (Cathey) with whom he would celebrate 50 years of marriage this past March 20th.

His professional career brought him to the Worcester area in the early 1960's before settling and calling Shrewsbury his home since 1972. He worked as a software programmer for the Norton Company for 15 years, Bay Bank for 3 years, and then worked at the TJX Companies until his retirement in 2007.

Skip loved good jazz music, especially by Grover Washington, Earl Klugh, and Kenny G. He loved sports and hunting, but had a special affection for cooking southern cuisine. He especially loved cooking for all of his family and friends.

Skip was predeceased by his brother Elester Skipwith and a grandson, Jalen.

He is survived by his wife, Amelia A. (Cathey) Skipwith of Shrewsbury; his three daughters, Yolanda L. Skipwith and her fiancé Mark of Westborough, Monica M. Stroud and her husband Zachary of Roswell, GA, Tamitha Rutherford and her husband Jamille of Worcester; a son, Derek A. Skipwith currently serving in the U.S. Army stationed at the Aviano Air Base in Aviano,Italy; his grandchildren, Monique, Dominique, Taylor, Zachary, Gabrielle and Samantha; 3 great grandchildren, Alexandria, Isaiah and Amelia; Deacon Howard Skipwith and his wife Ruth of Leicester; his in-laws, Barbara Jean Cameron, Denise Cathey, Faranzel Cathey, Antonio Cathey, William Ross, Thomas Cameron and many other nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Skips' life at calling hours at the Christ Tabernacle Apostolic Church, 1189 Main St., Worcester on Tuesday April 26th from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. His Home Going Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private.

Honor Skip's memory with a donation to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Waltham, MA 01701 or online at

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