Thos. L. Shinn Funeral Home

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Edward J Skimmons

September 9, 1939June 5, 2019

Edward J. Skimmons, 79, of Surf City, NJ passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. He was born in Trenton and graduated from Hamilton High School. Not long after graduating, he was drafted by the New York Giants where he was able to pursue his life- long passion as a catcher for Major League Baseball. He married his High School sweetheart Alice Hornchek and together they raised their family in Hamilton Township and Surf City. He served as Captain of the First Aid Squad for Rusling Hose Volunteer Fire Department. He then went on to serve on the East Windsor Township Police Department, where he rose to the rank of Detective Sergeant. Edward is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Alice, his loving children, Cynthia Skeie and her husband James, Brian and his wife Kimberly and Randy and his wife Debra, and his cherished grandchildren, Brandon and his wife Paige, Elise, Madison, Jake, Ben, Hannah and Hailey. Edward enjoyed boating, fishing, crabbing, and coaching youth sports. Volunteering as a State Delegate to the New Jersey State PBA, where he represented his law enforcement brethren, and also attained PBA financial sponsorship for local teams. In the winter months, he and Alice travelled to Florida where they enjoyed the warm weather, time together, and Spring Training baseball.. In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward’s name may be sent to the Surf City Volunteer Fire Co. & EMS, 713 North Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008 Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Thos L. Shinn Funeral Home, 10 Hilliard Dr., Manahawkin, NJ. A funeral home service will be held at 12:30 with interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery/ Cedar Run, Rte.9 Manahawkin. To leave online condolences for the family, please visit www.shinnfuneralhome.com


  • Visitation Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, June 8, 2019


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Don Drenguba

June 18, 2019

Alice and family,
So sad to hear of Ed's passing. How many years have passed and my memories of you both are still very vivid. I will always remember that super guy and his talent as we played many a ball game together. I'm sure he is dearly missed but he will never be forgotten !
Don Drenguba
Cocoa Beach, Fl

bucky wood

June 9, 2019

will never forget Eddie. he coached the PBA softball team to second place in the State tournament and was one of the main reasons we made it that far. I also shared getting blown up by a tank truck accident on the Turnpike with him. Eddie always provided all the claims at the PBA picnic.
God Bless Eddie and his lovely


June 9, 2019

Dear Alice & Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I had the privilege and pleasure of working with Ed at EWTPD. He was a great cop, a great friend and a great guy. I will always remember his willingness to help someone out and his great sense of humor. Ed and all of you will always be in my heart and my prayers. Rest in Peace Ed.
Al Bodnar, Jr.

Gene Bonacci

June 8, 2019

Dear Eddie's Family,
I grew up with Eddie on East State Street in Bromley. He was one of my best friends. We played together for DeLaval at the same time in both the 14 and 16 year old Hamilton Township Recreation Leagues, riding our bikes between games to different fields; and against each other in the Hamilton Little League and Babe Ruth Leagues. We spent our free time playing baseball in continuous games all day long on Bromley Field. Those were my most formative years, and Eddie and our Bromley friends played the most important part in making me who I am....good or bad. Eddie was always special. He was a great ball player and a natural leader. I remember one time, in front of Grady's store on East State Street, a local radio broadcaster interviewed us, to pretend we were broadcasting a major league game. I was tongue tied, but Eddie sounded like a pro. Those were the days! When I got the news about Eddie's passing, I was heartbroken. My friend Eddie can never be replaced.
With sincere sympathy,
Gene Bonacci
Southern Pines, North Carolina

David Devine

June 7, 2019

To Eddie's Family:
I was a classmate of Eddie's at HHS. I also played Hamilton Little League and Little Bigger league baseball with Ed. I moved away after graduation and unfortunately had not seen or talked to Eddie. since June 1957. He was what I called "one of the good guys "

Rest in Peace Eddie !!

Anthony Kaszuba

June 7, 2019

Thoughts and prayers to the entire Skimmons family. Your father was a great man and awesome supported of Southern Regional sports. We must all thank him for his years of service as a law enforcement officer. May he rest in peace. Tony Kaszuba

Judy (Sost) Hampson

June 6, 2019

To Alice and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I will have memories of you both from HHS. I recall when my husband, Bob, and the Bromley guys. There were many good times. May God Bless.

Jerry Depew

June 6, 2019

Ed and l had many a good time together in our High School days he will always be in my great memories Jerry DePew