Skip passed away suddenly at home in Billerica of natural causes on April 23, 2020. He was the third of nine children, born on the 20th of January, 1946 to the late Elmer & Mabel (MacKenzie) McInnis, in Montague, Prince Edward Island.
The family emmigrated to Massachusetts in 1955, where Skip attended Littleton High School and The Culinary Institute of America. After completing his education he enlisted in the United States Army and was trained as a “sky soldier”. He was deployed to Vietnam joining the 173rd Airborne Brigade, becoming Sergeant, and was promoted to Squadron Leader. He was well decorated including being awarded the Bronze Star for his service.
After returning to Massachusetts he proudly joined the New England Carpenters Union, local # 328, which he enjoyed and excelled at for many years until his retirement. During his time living in Billerica he gained many valuable long-standing friendships with coworkers, neighbors and tenants. Skip shared his passion and knowledge of the outdoors with family, sure to be passed along for years to come.
Family extends their thanks to the staff and fellow veterans of the Lowell Veterans Center, where Skip was an active member, for their ongoing support and friendship.
Skip was predeceased by his parents, sister Carrie Lee, infant twin brothers, and nephew Nathan Thompson.
Skip is survived by siblings Wanda Thompson and Roger of Ontario, Ivan, Laverne, Kelvin (Patricia) of PEI. Nieces Dara, Krista (Alex), Jennifer and Christina, Grandnieces Kaitlyn and Isabelle and Grandnephew Michael.
A private family celebration of life has been held. Memorial donations can be made to DAV or a veterans organization of your choice.
Published by Lowell Sun on Jan. 20, 2022.