1932 - 2023
VisitationNovember 5, 2023
DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX STREET, N. CHELMSFORD, MA
FuneralNovember 6, 2023
St. John the Evengelist Church 115 Middlesex St. N. Chelmsford, MA 01863
AUGUST 28, 1932 – OCTOBER 31, 2023
TYNGSBOROUGH – AUGUSTUS C SKAMARYCZ, 91 AKA – THE BEE MAN
Gus was born in Gardner, Mass on August 28, 1932, the son of the late Wincenty J. and Josephine (Plona) Skamarycz. He graduated from Gardner High School in 1951. He was on the 1950 Football State Championship Team for Gardner High School. While in high school he enlisted in the Army National Guard at 17 (2 years) and upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S.AIR FORCE. He was on a C-124 Globe Master as a flight mechanic and travelled the world. He worked on B-29’s and B-26’s.
After the service he went to East Coast Aero Tech as a mechanic. From there he worked at Eastern Airlines at Laguardia Airport. Then he went to work for Pratt Whitney (United Aircraft) where he tested rockets for seven years. Gus went on to work for Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, Mass where he worked in cryogenics and as a Safety Engineer. He retired from ADL after 27 years in 1989. He then consulted for them for 6 years. Gus was a firefighter for the Gardner Fire Department during this time and retired after 10 years.
Gus is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Margaret M. Locke (Peggy) who he married in 1976 at St. Brendan’s Church in Dorchester. November 13th would have been their 47th wedding anniversary.
For 53 years, his hobby and passion was beekeeping and at times he had up to 200 colonies. He mentored many people and taught at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Gardner High School, and many other places. His service to beekeeping included roles as Past President of the Middlesex County Beekeepers Association, President of the Mass Federation of Beekeepers, Worcester County Beekeepers Association and a lifetime member of Maine Beekeepers Association. He was a judge at the Topsfield Fair for Wax and Honey for 30 years. He spoke at many organizations about bees and honey.
His faith was foremost in his life and Gus was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Church in North Chelmsford. He was an Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion for 30 years; he made the Pascal Candle for 28 years of pure beeswax. He was on the Liturgy Committee, Spiritual Development Committee and was Facilities Manager for 5 years.
Gus was a Life Member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly 396 in Fitchburgh, Mass. He was a member of the Polish American Veterans of Greater Gardner and VFW Post 905, Gardner, MA.
Gus was an both an avid alpine and cross-country skier. He was the forerunner for the North American Races at Cannon Mountain.
He is survived by his wife Peggy of almost 47 years and his two sisters, Ann S. Micara, wife of Capt. Frank Micara USN Retired of Daytona Beach Shores, FL, and Suzanne Nobrega, wife of Edward P. Nobrega of Duxbury, MA. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Gus is predeceased by one brother, Stanley V. Skamarycz, widow of Theresa, two sisters, Marion “Skippy” Matilainen, widow of Waino, and Dorothy Gerard, widow of Charles.
Calling hours for Gus will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2023 from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. at the Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex St., N. Chelmsford, MA 01863. His funeral will be at Monday, Nov. 6, 2023 at Noon from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1pm at St. John the Evangelist Church of the Holyrood Collaborative, Chelmsford, MA, 115 Middlesex St., No Chelmsford, MA 01863. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, West St., Gardner, MA with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his name to either St. John’s Church Building Fund, 115 Middlesex St., No. Chelmsford, MA 01863 or The Benedictine Foundation of the State of Vermont, Inc., 58 Priory Hill Road, Weston, VT 05161-6400.