Plaque dedicated to harbor pilot lost at sea

  • Friday, June 14, 2013

Chris Sokoloski/Times
Attending the dedication of a plaque in honor of Capt. Wright Skinner Jr. were some of his family members: above from left, his son, Dr. Wright Skinner III; his widow, Virginia Skinner; his granddaughter and great-granddaughter, Marguerite and Desi, and his granddaughter, Rachael.

Capt. Wright Skinner Jr., a third generation harbor pilot, was lost at sea in 1988.
Since there was no body to bury, there was no spot for his family to gather to remember him.
That changed on Thursday as a plaque in Skinner’s memory was dedicated in Bruorton Park on North Fraser Street in Georgetown.
The plaque joins a flagpole that was erected in Skinner’s memory in 1990.
Skinner has a family connection to the park, which is named after his mother-in-law, Reba Bruorton.
Four generations of Skinners were on hand for Thursday’s dedication: Virginia, Skinner’s widow; Wright III, Skinner’s son; Marguerite and Rachael, Skinners granddaughters; and Desi, Skinner’s great-granddaughter.
Dr. Wright Skinner III found it hard to express what the dedication meant to him, especially a few days before Fathers Day.
“The fact that he’s not here hurts,” Dr. Skinner said.
Dr. Bob Teems led off the dedication ceremony with an invocation and spoke about his late friend.
“He was a good man,” Teems said.
After Georgetown Mayor Jack Scoville read “Crossing the Bar” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Mrs. Johnny Huggins led the crowd in singing “God Bless America.”
Virginia Skinner thanked the City of Georgetown for installing the plaque on Wednesday.
“To have an engraved plaque in the ground so that his memory will live on in this manner means a great deal,” Skinner said.
“I’m appreciative of everybody who came out and participated,” Dr. Skinner said.
Bruorton Park is on North Fraser Street just south of Food Lion, next to Bay Orthopedic Associates, which is Dr. Wright Skinner III’s office.

By Chris Sokoloski

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