BELFAST — Dana Lorenzo Skinner passed away peacefully at home Aug. 10, 2021, with family by his side. Dana was the son of Lorenzo Skinner and Beatrice (Tilley) Skinner, born March 27, 1929, in Ashland.

Dana was raised in River John, Nova Scotia, and “the County” before marrying his beloved wife of 66 years, Helen (Hews) Skinner. They purchased a farm in Belfast, where they raised their children. He also kept various animals and raised an estimated total of 8 million broiler chickens for Penobscot Poultry Co., even serving as a member of the State Poultry Federation Board. He spent 30 years as a longshoreman, working “in the hole” all the way to head cargo checker. When poultry pulled out of the state, he studied and applied for his license as a real estate broker, and helped people find their homes for 35 years.

After obtaining a position as an auto salesman in Bangor, Dana moved Helen to Hampden, where he enjoyed serving on the Hampden Town Council and the board of directors for Hampden Water District. He also was honored with a Key to the Town of Hampden pin, became a member of Kiwanis and served on the state Board of Manufactured Housing.

Dana was a veteran of the Army, where he served during the Korean War. He was able to attend a weekend in Washington. D.C., with Honor Flight Maine, viewing memorials to our fallen veterans. Dana also served God’s church in faithful membership as a Sunday school teacher, a deacon, and in other positions as needed. He was a member of the Gideons International and Evangelical Association for men, whose primary focus is to provide free Bibles and New Testaments around the world in over 108 languages. Dana was a man of incredible faith; he was kindhearted, cared for others and worked hard to provide for his family physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Dana is survived by his wife, Helen; his brother, Bert Skinner, of Belfast; his three children, Michael Skinner of Essex Junction, Vt., Cheryl and Eric LeBlanc of Searsport and Carol and Linwood Knowlton of Swanville. He was a great Pampie to six grandchildren, Jennifer and Hao Lieu, Linsey and Tim Herrick, Leah Skinner, Dayna-Mae and Kameron Dow, Theo LeBlanc and fiancée Lisa, and Chase Skinner. Finally, he had six great-grandchildren, Esther and Jude, Colton and Leighton, Odin and Brayden. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date. The family would like donations to go to Faith Temple Church of God, 189 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast, ME 04915.

Arrangements are with Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.

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