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Bartel Skeete

June 21, 1941 - October 31, 2019


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bartel Skeete. On October 31st, Bartel passed away suddenly after having been in poor health for many years. He was a wonderful man: kind, caring, generous and honourable. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him but most especially by his family and close friends.

Despite the poor health of his later years Bartel had lived a full life. He was born in New York City on June 21, 1941 and was raised there. His life’s path would take him from the coffee houses of NYC to travel around the US to the “Six Day School” in Mt. Shasta in Northern California and eventually to the Slocan Valley of British Columbia in 1971/1972 where he would live for the remainder of his life. In the early years in the Valley, he dealt in scrap metal and was a Volkswagon mechanic but ultimately he discovered wood and opened his own lumber yard at Winlaw. He would operate that business until ill health forced him to close it down. Through that business he would become known throughout the Valley and surrounding area.

Bartel was predeceased by his father (Earl), mother (Ida), sister (Barbara) and nephews (Jeffrey and Richard). He leaves behind his daughters, Riana Stella and October Bartel; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

In keeping with Bart’s wishes there will be no funeral service. However, the family is planning a celebration of his life for June of 2020.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: David Buller
Relation: friend

My deepest condolences go out to all in the loss of such a unique individual.

From: Karen Mansfieldkay
Relation: Good friend

Thinking of you, Riana, at this time. I dearly loved your dad & sure will miss him.
All my love to you & your family…Karen Mansfield

From: Lois A. Lawrence
Relation: Community Member

Bartel was so kind to us when our son died. That is when I learned of his caring nature. People in our community really appreciated Bartel.

From: Helen Sebelius
Relation: Friends

We were deeply saddened when this news came our way. Our heartfelt condolences to Bart’s family. Helen Sebelius & Corky Evans

From: elena Lowe
Relation: very good friend.

Bart was such a good person, and i will miss his smiles and our visits.

From: Leah Nelson
Relation: He was a dear friend

Heartfelt condolences to Bartel’s family. He was a big part of our lives for many years, as he was a dear friend of our mom’s. Dear soul, rest in peace!
Love and Light,
Leah Kettlewell (Nelson)

From: Vicky Swanson
Relation: good friend

Even though I left the valley many years ago, Bartel was someone I thought of often. I considered him a brother. He was there when I needed him and so kind to so many. We had a lot of laughs. A special soul.

From: Jay Jenkins
Relation: friend

i worked for Bartell for many years.He was a good friend and we just visited with him last summer.Very much missed

From: Aaron Durana
Relation: Friend

I knew Bartel most of my life – as far back as when he was with Judith Ceroli, who my folks were also friends with. lots of rumoli parties and dinners (Bartel was a cook). He loved Sashimi and Greek food – pat of the Valley gang that we grew up with, it now feels like one less person in world 😛 R.I.P. dear fellow – you were ill for so long.

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