Chakeep G. "Sharkey" Skaff Print E-mail

Chakeep G. “Sharkey” Skaff

Loving husband, father, grand father, brother and uncle.

Chakeep G. “Sharkey” Skaff of Lowell, died Friday, December 21st at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell two day after his 86th birthday.  He was the beloved husband of Laurence (Kach) Skaff who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on October 14th of this year.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 19, 1932, the son of the late George S. and the late Naffie (Bardwell) Skaff, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the class of 1950.  He then went on to attend Boston University.

Sharkey proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S Army.

Before retiring, Sharkey was self-employed as owner of Skaff Realty in Lowell.  He was also the former owner of the Triangle Store in North Chelmsford, Kennedy’s Butter & Eggs in Lowell and was a Supervisor with Symphonic.

He was an active member of the church in which he grew up, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell. He served as an altar boy, the building manager for over 30 years and president of the Parish Council.  He was also ordained as a sub-deacon of the church.

Among his many interests he was a member of the St. Ignatius Club where he received a special Certificate of Meritorious Service. He was member of the Masonic Lodge in Lowell.

Sharkey was self-made and self-reliant. From his education to his career, and his skill with every kind of tool that could fashion wood or metal, brick or cement, Sharkey engaged with the world as a man who would be its master. He dedicated his life to his family and his faith.

In addition to his wife Laurence, Sharkey is survived by his son George E. Skaff and his partner Leta McDonald of Methuen, MA; his daughter Nicole M. Skaff and her husband David Moulton of Newbury, MA; his daughter-in-law Lisa (Puls) Skaff of Lowell, MA; two granddaughters Lily L. and Sara J. Skaff both of Lowell, MA; his three sisters Alice David of Toledo, OH, Vivian Puopolo of Dedham, MA, and Shirley George and her husband Ernest of Worcester, MA; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by his son Stephen S. Skaff and two sisters, the late Jeannette MacKoul and the late Dorothy Deeb.

SKAFF – Friends will be received on Friday at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN CHURCH in Lowell from 4 to 7 P.M. followed by his Funeral Service in the Church at 7:00 o’clock. His Burial Prayers will be celebrated on Saturday morning at the Church at 10 o’clock followed by burial in the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. George Antiochian Church, 44 Bowers St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (13)
  • Laurette Melhem George Ghassan  - Lawrence George Nicole
    We want you to know that we are really sorry to hear about Sharkey, he was a wonderful man and was cherished by everyone who knew him. We are washed with sadness and grief. Like us, he has a deep faith in the Lord. When we were together, we always had a great time and lots of laughter no matter when we saw each other. May he rest in peace. Our heartfelt condolences.
  • George SLeiman Skaf
    My condolences dear Laurence to you and the family, he is a big loss. Love you all
  • Sami & Reda Khoueiri  - Our sincere condolences
    We are sorry for the passing of Chakeep and share your sadness in his loss. We apologize for not attending his funeral service because of mild health issues that unfortunately require us to stay home. Although we have not been very close during the past 2 decades because of the physical distance that separates us, we remember Chakeep as a very caring person who loves his wife and children above all else and serves his community and church infaillibly. Please accept our sincere condolences and may he Rest In Peace.
  • Cesar Skaf and family, Orlando  - No one can prepare you for a loss, it comes like a
    No words can Express the sorrow that I have in my heart to lose such a dear uncle, the last one I might add, since my Dad considered him a brother not a first cousin. I wanna always remember the good times when Sharkey and my late father dyed their white hair(looked like Elvis) and sat by the pool in California or most recently last summer at the convention in Charleston WV... When we lose a loved one on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches(be careful George) over us. My deepest condolences to Lawrence, George and Nicole...I'm certain he will rest in peace.
  • Lorna Abdow Malooley  - Laurence and family
    Long ago memories of Sharkey. So highly thought of. May he rest in peace. My most sincere condolences. Memory Eternal!
  • Hayat, Robert, George, Nina, a
    Laurence, Nicole, and George, please accept our most sincere and heartfelt condolences for your loss of Sharkey. Our hearts are deeply saddened by his passing. We wish we could be with you in this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
  • Donald & Phyllis Elias  - So Sorry
    We will always remember him at church and how up beat he was always. To the whole family Love Phyllis & Donald
  • Dean C. Sarris  - Sorry to hear.
    George, very sorry to hear about your father, he was a great person. My condolences also go out to the rest of your family.
  • Al & Debbie Lacasse  - We Miss You Bob
    Ann - Peter - Richard -Sally . Our hearts are crying with you in your loss of Your Husband & Dad. When Als dad passed away In 1974 . Bob was there for Al n now he’s passed . Al lost two good dads . Your dad was Als Best Friend. Our thoughts are with yous . Rest In Peace Bob . Love Al & Debbie LaCasse .
  • Valerie David-Duncan  - Sorry
    Uncle Sharkey: To one of the first men I ever loved.....and that loved me back-- when I was born in Lowell. After my father and Jiddo, you were it. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of my life. I will love you and miss you forever. Love, your niece, Val
  • Ghassan Skaf Lebanon  - Rest in the arms of our Lord my dearest Sharkey
    Dearest Laurence, George and Nicole, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of my beloved Sharkey and words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel as loosing my dearest Sharkey is a profound loss. Today words fall short of expressing my sorrow. Sharkey was a wise man , a wonderful Godfather that I always admired for his strength of character and his faith. We connected last in Charleston for the Skaf Family Reunion where I knew he made an extra effort to be with us despite his health condition. He was there with tears in his eyes to say goodbye to the people he loved. Today I will continue to be inspired by the noble life that he lived and tomorrow after the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said , all I will have are happy memories that we have shared for many years. My heart aches because Sharkey is no longer with us but I take comfort that he is now resting in the arms of our Lord. Dearest Laurence, George and Nicole, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. May God forgive and accept his Soul into the Garden of Eden, near the throne of whom he seeks and loved. Ghassan Skaf
  • Fadi Skaf and Family in Lebano  - Deepest Condolences
    A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept our condolences, the lovely Sharkey will not be forgotten.
  • Aize Acha  - So sorry for your loss
    A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.
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