We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Toomey- O'Brien Funeral Home
Paul L. Skiba, 80, of West Springfield, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2021 at Mercy Medical Center. Paul was born on April 7, 1941 in Holyoke to the late Carl and Emma (Huot) Skiba. Paul was a parishioner at the former Precious Blood and Sacred Heart Churches in Holyoke and the former Immaculate Conception/St. Francis Cabrini Church in West Springfield. Paul had worked for several years at the former Mountain Park in Holyoke as a kiddie ride and carousel operator along with various other jobs at the park, throughout the year he painted the iconic "Frosty Joy" ice cream stand sign. Paul then went to work for the former Moore Drop Forge/Danaher Tool Group where he worked as an inspector, polisher and assembler of Craftsman ratchets for over forty years. Paul enjoyed many hobbies such as playing bingo with his wife, watching the New York Yankees, completing word search and jigsaw puzzles, going to the local drive-In theaters and the drive-In theater in Mansfield, CT, playing board and card games with his family, volunteering at the local Senior Center where he made many friends, and taking many day trips to places such as Radio City Music Hall at Christmas, various cruises such as through the locks of the Erie Canal and being personal friends with B.B. King. Paul had a great sense of humor and was quick with a comeback with a wisecrack of his own when one was playfully directed at him. Besides his parents Paul was sadly predeceased by his wife Ruth (Casineau) for over 51 years in 2019, his brothers John, Carl, Edmund and Adrian and a sister Doris Peterson. Paul is survived by his two sons: Paul Jr. and Richard, a sister Frances Cray of Wilbraham, many extended family members who treated him like their own and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, October 8, 2021 at 11 am at the TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 WESTFIELD ST., W. SPFLD. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling Hours will be held from 9 to 11 AM.