November 6, 1926 — September 9, 2017
FORT ANN — Corwin Skinner, of Fort Ann, passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 after a short illness. He was in Glens Falls Hospital under the care of the special nurses and staff of the tower, third floor.
He was born Nov. 6, 1926, to Onia G. Skinner and John H. Skinner.
He was raised on the family farm on County Rt. 16. His early schooling was in the one-room school house in the valley. He then went on to high school in Fort Ann Central School. While there, a teacher, Mrs. Anne Seeley, noticed he had a talent for art and drawing. She was able to secure a place for him at RIT in Rochester. After graduating from college, he was drafted into the Army. He spent part of his time in Germany before returning to the US for his remaining time. After the military, he returned to Rochester, where he became a commercial artist and interior designer.
In the 1980’s he returned to Fort Ann and lived at the home where he was born. He then worked at The Chronicle as art director for Mark Frost. He enjoyed his work and co-workers greatly. Following retirement, he stayed active by continuing to draw and paint. He moved to Holbrook Adult Home in Granville when he could no longer care for himself. There, he continued his drawings for residents, staff and family. He took part in many activities while there. His care and comfort were always evident.
He was predeceased by his mother and father; and siblings, Ira, John, Norman, Brayton, Annice, Erma, Iona and Royce.
He is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. He is also survived by one sister-in-law, Anita Skinner; and his two close friends and neighbors, Gary and Irene, who provided care and assistance as his needs increased over the years.
There will be a gathering of friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at Mason Funeral Home, 18 George Street in Fort Ann.
Burial will be at the discretion of the family.