Obituary for Skip Sheffield 1947 ~ 2017

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‘A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out’ – George Bernard Shaw

Remembering Skip Sheffield

1947 ~ 2017

On Thursday evening local journalist Skip Sheffield passed peacefully in his sleep. To many Skip represented the face of old Boca and in every respect he represented the best of Boca.

For forty years the Boca Raton News was his platform for reviewing the arts and unlike many writers he did not pander to advertisers, praise from Skip was always well deserved.

He continued to observe and critique right up until the end with a moving review of the movie ‘Dunkirk’ as well as some comical observations of the film ‘50 Shades Darker’.

As one of his 1800 Facebook friends I knew Skip to be a rocker, a writer and a photographer.

I looked forward to his random photos and pithy captions as a way of reminding me that we live in paradise. Skip’s bicycle and camera took him off the beaten track to capture the moment in a simple snap shot of serenity.

A fellow patron of the arts, Yvonne Boice, said of his passing, “Skip will always be remembered with love and admiration for his unwavering support for all things cultural.  His talents in music, art and print; his ever presence on the charitable circuit and his welcoming personality casts a lasting imprint on all that is Boca.  I for one will miss him….”

While I wasn’t a close friend of Skip’s I will miss him too, Skip loved this city and so he loved us all.

Katie Barr

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Katie's family moved to Boca Raton in 1970 where she later attended Palm Beach Community College and FAU. Katie is the Founder of HaitianArt.com, a Boca Raton company which began in 1989 as a small art studio. Works by Haiti’s artists soon became part of a revolving exhibit at City Hall as well as the Boca Raton Library and Community Center. The gallery later moved to Delray Beach and broadened its base to include works by Eastern Cuban artists and Florida Highwaymen. Today her focus is on art consulting and internet art sales. She is on the board of the A.C.T.I.O.N. Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster harmony between the Caribbean community and the United States, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Riviera Civic Association.

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  1. WHEN I FIRST BECAME A CRITIC FOR 35 YEARS WITH MY THEATRE COLULM THEATRE HAPPENINGS AND WAS INTRODUCED TO SKIP WHO GAVE ME SOME POINTERS OF GETTING THE GOOD WORD OUT FOR SHOWS IN ADDITION TO HIS REVIEWING MY STAGE APPEARNCES IN PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE AND FUNNYTHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FOURUM PLUS WORKING AS CO STAR WITH ANDY DEVINE AT THE DINNER THEATRE WE WOULD ALSO MEET AT THE LITTLE PALM CHILDRENS THEATRE ON SATURDAYS AS PER DOC PETERSON..I WOULD BRING MY GRANDSONS STEVE & ALEX WHO EVERY WEEEK WANTED TO BE ON STSGE TO SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE AUDIENCE AT THE ROYAL PALM DINNER THEATRE N BOCA. YES HE WAS A TERRIFIC CRITC AND A FAIR ONE WE MISS HIM A LOT BURT RICHARDS

  2. Skip was very generous with his time for anyone who fostered the Arts in his revered hometown…such a nice man…loss is a terrible truth…he will be missed…

  3. “Skip” Sheffield was my first cousin. His Dad and my Mom were brother and sister. Altho’ I lived in New England a good part of
    the time and Skip in FL, we did see each other on visits. He was the quietest of the four older children of Norman & Carol, deep
    in contemplation. Where his mind “visited” from time to time, only he knew. I have fond memories of the brief encounters we had;
    those never to be forgotten. I loved you, cousin, more than you knew.

    BJK

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