Joseph A. Skaff

1933 ∼ 2018

JohnW Baxter of Cranston RI wrote:

I knew Joe Skaff during his entire RI Air National Guard career. He was in my estimation the best chaplain the ANG or the USAF have ever seen. He was beloved and held in high esteem by all who knew him. We served on many deployments together, and Joe was instrumental in maintaining high morale within the units of the 281 Combat Communication Group. He was often requested to brief the National Guard Bureau and US Central Command on the middle east, such was his level of expertise. Joe was a great friend, and an outstanding human being. Farewell my friend. No one will ever replace you. John W. Baxter Colonel, RIANG (Ret).

CMS (Ret) James F Barry of Coventry, Rhode Island wrote:

I remember Father Skaff fondly. He had an infectous personality and was always available. He ministered to all faiths. He had his “regulars” at Sunday services but was overwhelmed and brought to tears by the over capacity attendance of the last service he performed at the 281 CCG. I considered him a dear friend.

Richard R Staiti of Canton wrote:

Joe Skaff was one of my favorites at Stonehill. He was one of those rare teachers who made learning fun. I enjoyed his class on Religions of the East and to this day still talk about lessons learned in his class with family and friends. RIP .

Marcia K Manning of New York wrote:

A classmate of mine at Stonehill, remembered as kind, friendly and smart.

David Kenneally of Carver, Ma wrote:

I loved you since I was a kid and saw that same love that my kids have for you. I will miss you and always remember what a big part of my life you are. I am glad you are with Jean because I know that you will make you happy. I will never forget you and thank you for everything you have done for me. I love you Joe and always will.

Andrea Souza of Tiverton, RI wrote:

I was fortunate enough to have known Professor Skaff while at Stonehill from 1990-1994. My condolences to his family.

Linda Canavan of WALPOLE wrote:

Rest in peace, Prof Skaff. Your teaching left an indelible mark on so many people you encountered both in and out of the classroom. You will forever be remembered as the witty, smiling professor who prompted people to think beyond the writings and truly become the best person they could be. What a life, what a legacy. I am blessed by having been your student in the late 1980s. Peace.