John "Jay" Stephen Skakandy, Jr., husband, father, brother and friend to all, passed away on February 2, 2019, in Anderson, NC, leaving behind his beloved wife, Toni Lee (Donofrio) Skakandy. John, of Irish descent, was born in Red Bank, NJ on August 2 - forget the year, the Irish do not tell the first born son of Jack Stephen Skakandy, Sr. and the late, Nancy Meade Skakandy gallantly fought the fight against cancer. His continued struggle was overshadowed by his will to live as he maintained there was something more he needed to contribute. During this battle, he allowed progressive experimental treatments to be administered to him in an effort to further the cause to eradicate this disease from mankind. John, leaves on this earth his beloved wife of 24 years, Toni Lee (Donofrio) Skakandy, one son, John Stephen Skakandy III, his father Jack Stephen Skakandy, two brothers, Robert Meade Skakandy and Stephen Conway Skakandy. John was a technological pioneer and innovative computer developer who initiated computer based TTY systems for the deaf in the early 80's, designed and built custom computers, bata tested new software before being released to the market while also developing international gaming programs and software. John will begin his journey to the Isle of Green after having his ashes scattered in to the Gulf Stream off of Jupiter, FL. In lieu of flowers please provide donations to Anderson Free Clinic, 414 North Fant Street, Anderson, SC 29621.
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Published in Palm Beach Post on Feb. 10, 2019.