David Skalski

David L. “Ski” Skalski, 68, of Manor Township and formerly West Hempfield Township, Lancaster, PA, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on December 6, 2023. He was born on January 27, 1955 in Pittsburgh, PA. Dave graduated from Fox Chapel High School and UNC-Chapel Hill on an ROTC scholarship. He proudly served in the United States Air Force as a Captain and navigator on the F-4 Phantom fighter jet.

Dave married his wife Tina, and they shared 40 beautiful years together, living in North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Maine, and Maryland, before settling in Lancaster, PA in 2000. He had a long career in life insurance and investment sales, working at several central Pennsylvania banks and firms. Dave was actively involved in the community as a field hockey and soccer referee, as well as a youth sports coach. He also served as a Judge of Elections in Manor Township.

In 2017, Dave underwent a life-saving lung transplant at Temple University Hospital, thanks to Dr. Criner and his team. Following his recovery, he became an avid hiker and in 2020 he fulfilled a long-held dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with his daughter Alaina.

Dave was a loving husband and a dedicated father. He had a gregarious personality, loved to share stories, and connected with everyone. He had an infectious smile and sense of humor. He enjoyed golf, landscaping, and was a jack-of-all-trades. After retirement, he found joy working part-time at Lowes. Some of his fondest memories include annual family beach vacations to Surf City, NC and the tradition of hand-making pierogies with the Skalski family.

Dave was predeceased by his parents Bernard and Germaine and siblings Bernard Michael, Thomas, and Renee, as well as his mother-in-law Elmo Boswell. He is survived by his wife Tina, his children Tyler Skalski, of Lancaster, Ben Skalski and his partner Eric Costello, of Philadelphia, and Alaina Skalski, of Washington, DC, as well as his siblings Margaret (Bill) Begley, Germaine Skalski, and Ron (Lisa) Skalski.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home at 141 E Orange St, Lancaster, PA. Visitation will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. To view the service via Livestream, please click the following link: https://my.gather.app/remember/david-skalski

Flowers are welcome or contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or American Cancer Society. The family extends endless thanks to the many healthcare workers who cared for Dave over the past six years.

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  • Condolences to the entire Skalski clan, from the Eck Family. Our families spent many good times together throughout the decades.. May David rest peacefully. He had such a great attitude! What a role model for us all.

  • My sincere condolences to all of the Skalski family. Dave was a great friend and next door neighbor to me and my brothers growing up on Waldheim Rd in Fox Chapel. We spent many days playing all sorts of games , many weekend nights camping out on the Skalski porch or my treehouse. We lost touch over the decades but I remember our friendship and antics like it was yesterday. Rest in peace my old friend.

  • My deepest sympathy goes out to David’s family and friends. I became friends with him on FB as we both were Fox Chapel alumni. He was such an inspiration, RIP David. 🙏 🙏🙏

  • Dave and I were friends in high school in Pittsburgh. He was a great guy and we did some good projects together. We mostly lost touch after college, but i somehow learned he planned to climb Kilimanjaro and we had a long phone conversation. He was still a good planner and wanted to know all about my experiences there, I was so glad he and Alaina were able to make the trip. It was great to catch up with him. I realized what i had missed by losing touch over the years, but I am glad I had a chance to know him. The wonderful comments here and on Facebook don’t surprise me. I looked though our high school yearbook and have some fond memories. I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  • To all of the Skalski family. All of Ski’s friends and former coworkers at Gunn-Mowery offer our sincere condolences and prayers for your family. Ski was a friend and very positive influence during the time he worked with us at Gunn-Mowery. We were sorry when he decided to retire but know he needed to focus on his health and we watched as he fought through his challenges with enthusiasm and optimism. He will be missed by everyone that knew him and we were all blessed to be in his sphere.

  • We are thinking of all of you and the times our families shared through Alaina & Erica’s friendship, field hockey, and our Park Woods neighborhood. Dave was a force, always bringing the positive energy! So sad to see his journey here has ended but we know he embraced every beautiful moment and difficult challenge to its fullest and hope those memories bring all of you comfort and, eventually, happiness.

  • I became friends with Dave on FB..we both attended Fox Chapel..he was leaving as I was entering..His fb page caught my attention! immediate friends..he was such an inspiration to me..if you want it bad enuf..you can do it..I will truly miss hi kindness and love of life…

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