Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel

10 Vinnin Street, Salem, MA


Mark Bruce Skaletsky

Passed away on January 14, 2020

71, of Swampscott, MA lost his battle with Lewy Body Dementia on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Cathie (Smith) Skaletsky.

Born in Hartford, CT, the son of the late Leonard & Lillian Lassoff Skaletsky, Mark graduated from Conard High School in West Hartford & Bentley College in Waltham, MA where he was a Trustee Emeritus. He was COO of Biogen, and chairman of the board of directors for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), CEO of Enzytech, Geltex & Trine Pharmaceutical. He was a giant in the biotech industry, founding and serving as president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Counsel. He was an advisor to two presidents & was very close to Senator Ted Kennedy who was a great supporter in the biotechnology industry.

Mark was a loving & devoted husband, father, papa, brother & friend. Besides his wife Cathie he is survived by his children Derek Skaletsky & his wife Holly of San Francisco, CA, daughter Leah Miller & her husband Cory of Hanover, MA, daughter Tara Armstrong & her husband Kevin of Pembroke, MA & stepdaughter Danielle McClure & her husband Matt of Swampscott, MA. He also leaves his sisters Donna Pritchard & her husband Chick, & Amy Schrier Pildis & her husband Richard. He was pre deceased by his sister Joanne & brother Michael. He also leaves his 10 wonderful grandchildren who so adored him.

A memorial funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 11:00 am with Rabbi David Meyer officiating at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St., Salem, MA.

Following the service the family will receive friends at Danielle & Matt McClure’s home in Swampscott.

Shiva will be on Monday January 20th from 4-7 pm at Cathie’s home in Swampscott. Donna & Amy will sit shiva on Tuesday January 21st from 4-7 pm at 243 Steele Rd. West Hartford, CT

In lieu of flowers donations in Mark’s memory can be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation via michaeljfox.org

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the Swampscott/ Marblehead YMCA Parkinson’s Group.

For more information or to register in the online guestbook, please visit www.stanetskyhymansonsalem.com.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 19, 2020


Mark Bruce Skaletsky

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Kathleen Yorkis

January 19, 2020

As the chairman of the student affairs trustee committee Mark was such a tremendous supporter of student life at Bentley. In my role as Vice President of Student Affairs I was honored to have worked with Mark on a wide variety of topics such as athletics, public safety, arming of campus police, housing, counseling, health services, spiritual life, student discipline and school spirit. Mark was always very professional, compassionate, supportive, appreciative, firm and visionary. He played a very critical role in the evolution of student life at Bentley. I have deep respect for Mark and am very saddened by his passing.
I send sympathy and kind regards to Mark’s family.