My condolences and deepest sympathy for your loss.
I met Skeezix when I was hired to work with him at the Chicago Heights Park District Baseball program. I was 13 years old. He exhibited a tremendous amount of patience that summer and he made that job fun in spite of my mistakes. I learned so much from him.
That fall I saw him in the hall at Washington Junior High and slipped and called him Skeezix. He must have seen the frightened look I had on my face and calmly reminded me that at school he was Mr. Markionni. It was a lesson in dealing with young people that I will never forget.
He was a true role model and he will be missed!