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Skelly, Bernard “Brian” J. February 18, 1943 - January 4, 2021

Bernard “Brian” J. Skelly, of Tuckahoe, NY passed away peacefully at his home on January 4, 2021.  Predeceased by his parents, Patrick and Mary (nee Marron) Skelly and his brother Patrick J. Skelly, he is survived by Jill, his loving wife of 46 years, his sister Catherine Kenny, brothers Michael (Georgette) and Rev. Francis Skelly, C.Ss.R., his sister-in-law Cherie Southern and 13 cherished nieces and nephews along with their loving children and many dear friends.

Brian will be remembered as a loyal, kind and honorable man whose career achievements include service in the National Guard, US Army Reserve and a distinguished 30 year career in law enforcement.  He began his career in the renowned NYPD Tactical Patrol Force followed by assignments with OCCB Bronx and Manhattan South Narcotics.  In 1996, Brian retired with the rank of Detective from the Intelligence Division where he served with honor and distinction. Upon retirement, he became a NYS Licensed Private Investigator.

Calling Hours will be held at Fred McGrath & Son Funeral Home on Friday, January 8th from 9 am to 10:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Joseph’s Church, Bronxville at 10:45 am.  Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions in Brian’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Calling hours: 9 to 10:30 am, Friday, January 8, 2021

Mass: 10:45 am, Friday, January 8, 2021, St. Joseph's Church, Bronxville, NY
To Live Stream the Mass: Click Here
In Lieu of Flowers: Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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    Terry & Randy Kalfus says

    Dear Jill,
    Our hearts are so very sad.. Brian was a strong, brave, warrior who fought hard. .
    We are so sorry for the loss of your dearest love..
    Sending love and prayers to you, and to your family.
    May Brian Rest In Peace, and may his name always be a blessing. ~Terry & Randy

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    Jutta Kramer says

    Dear Jill,
    no one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing that he is now resting in the arms of our Lord. My deepest condolences to you.

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    Leonard and Liz Fay says

    Dear Jill,
    While Brian’s passing will not be easy to deal with , Knowing he is now in a better place hopefully will allow you to focus on the Good Times and the love and friendship that he brought to all that had the good fortune to know him.


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    Rory & Eimear McEvoy says

    To the Skelly Family on your sad loss. May Brian’s soul rest in peace. You are all in our thoughts and prayers here in Ireland.

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    Martin Marron and family says

    Our condolences to his family and friends, may he rest in peace

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    Birgit Niehus says

    Dear Jill

    We are very sad. We loved Brian so much. You are in our thoughts and prayers . Our deepest condolences to you.
    Birgit , Harald ,Silke Max and Henry

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    Arlene K Cox says

    My heart breaks for you Jill and all those who loved him. Families are forever. May the many happy memories you have together help you during this very sad and difficult time. Wish I could be there with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Love you my dear cousin.

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    Barbara Jordan says

    My condolences to the entire Skelly family. May only happy memories of Brian replace your sorrows.
    A friend of Fr. Frank,

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    Susan Haynes says

    I remember Brian as kind and fair, and there was never any doubt that he walked the line of integrity. His neighbors benefitted from these qualities while he was on the Board – he was frequently a voice of reason regarding the issues at hand. We will miss his calm strength greatly. Thankfully, Brian’s spirit lives on in all of those who loved him. May he rest in eternal peace with our Heavenly Father.

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