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David Dudley Lyle Skinner, visual storyteller, freemason, Formula One enthusiast, and proud husband, brother, uncle, and father passed away on Wednesday September 13th after living with stage 4 cancer for 24 years. Although David lived at Kelly Creek in Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, for David Fredericton was very much the central focus of his life. David volunteered for Scouts Canada. He was the "Crew Dad" who always had a cup of coffee for members of the Fredericton Rowing Club, and more recently David further pursued his knowledge and passion of Freemasonry by increasing his activities within the Masonic Lodge.
Born in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to Henrietta (Peters) and Dr. Lyle Skinner, David grew up in North Sydney with his sisters, Jo-Anne (Boyd) and Jane (Skinner). David truly began his journey as a storyteller by attending Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario receiving a diploma in Media Arts. He then became a Cameraman for CBC PEI where he met his wife Coleen Matthews. Like many Cape Bretoners, David moved away for work but he never forgot his island roots. By chance, his son, Lyle Matthew Skinner was born in Sydney. This gave David an unexpected but joyful mission to show Lyle what it means to be a Caper. By all accounts, David was successful. As a CBC Cameraman for over 35 year both for The National and CBC New Brunswick, many reading this have never met David but they have seen the world through his own eyes via his camera lens. Simply reflect on some of the most significant events in New Brunswick or Atlantic Canada over the last 35 years and David likely was there to bear witness and tell the story to others through moving pictures. David took great pride in mentoring his colleagues, and students at the St. Thomas Journalism program, about how to find the 'magic shot' when recording the news. His legacy lives on with them.
David did not battle cancer; he simply lived with it. This philosophy provided assurance and comfort to others experiencing difficulty with their own cancer diagnosis. Until his passing, David lived with a stoic sense of calm, dignity and a genuine concern for others. His remarkable longevity is due to the support of his best friend and wife Coleen who was there for him for every step of his long journey. To others, David stresses the importance of early detection and screening for cancer. David wants to acknowledge the tireless dedication and support of his Family Physician Dr. Anne Colpits of Fredericton and his Oncologist Daniel Rayson of Halifax.
On Saturday September 23rd, there will be a visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. at McAdams Funeral Home in Fredericton. A brief Masonic Service will occur from 6:45 to 7 p.m. followed by tributes by his son Lyle and others. Subsequently Coleen and Lyle would welcome his friends and family to join them in singing one of David's favourite songs, Out on the Mira. A celebration of David's life will occur in North Sydney in July 2018. In lieu of flowers, David wishes that a donation to Camp Goodtime or Hospice Fredericton be made. Most importantly David wishes the next time you see your local CBC Cameraman that you buy them a coffee. Online condolences may be made to www.mcadamsfh.com.



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