By: Michael Campbell, News Editor
PRINCE GEORGE – The Prince George community is absorbing the tragic news coming from the county Wednesday as officials confirmed the passing of longtime Prince George supervisor Jerry Skalsky.
According to the county, Skalsky passed away Wednesday afternoon following a sudden illness at the age of 74.
A pillar of the community, Skalsky was serving his 18th year on the Prince George Board of Supervisors at the time of his passing, having just attended the county’s regular meeting Tuesday evening.
Since his election to the board in November of 1999, Skalsky has served as chairman and vice-chair of the Prince George Board of Supervisors, while also representing the county on a number of boards and commissions across county government.
PG County Government is deeply saddened to receive the news that Supervisor Jerry Skalsky passed away this afternoon. Mr. Skalsky was 74.
— Prince George, Va. (@PrinceGeorgeVa) May 24, 2017
Prince George Board Chairman Bill Robertson spoke briefly about the news of Skalsky’s passing, expressing shock over the loss of someone he considered a dear friend and mentor.
“This is a hard day for the county,” Roberston said. “Jerry has served as chairman and vice-chairman for many years there. He was a mentor to me when I came on because he had already been on the Board for four years.”
“We grew to be very good friends and this is just a very sad day for me,” the chairman shared.
The family of Skalsky will receive friends 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Prince George County High School.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Prince George County High School. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Prince George County Parks and Recreation Foundation, P.O. Box 712, Prince George, VA 23875 or to West End Assembly of God, in honor of his missionary daughter Deb, 401 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, VA 23229 in memory of Jerry Skalsky.
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The Prince George Journal offers its thoughts and prayers to the Prince George community during this difficult time.