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 Lowell
Born: 04/28/1949
Died: 09/18/2017
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Lowell "SKIP" Mitchell, Jr.

A SOUL MAN INDEED

Lowell Mitchell Jr, affectionately known as “Skip”, was born on April 28th 1949 to
Mildred (Bunn) Mitchell and Lowell Mitchell Jr., in New York City. He was
educated in the New York City public school system, attending Seward Park High
School, then attended Cobleskill College of Agriculture and Technology in upstate
NY.

He worked diverse jobs in NYC for various companies including, brokerage
houses, law firms and Securities corporations as an Operations Clerk, Mailroom
Supervisor, Copy Center Clerk and Office Services. He also worked for Macy's
Department Stores during the holiday season, which he enjoyed, meeting new
people and helping them have a great shopping experience.


His true passion was and always would be Music, which has been a big part of
Skip's life for as long as he could remember. His mother had a wonderful singing
voice and played the piano with an equally tender touch, which influenced him
deeply. She mostly sang church hymns but loved such performers as Nat King
Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., and Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Barbara Streisand, and
Sam Cooke.
Skip also showed a natural flair and affinity for music. As a child, he first learned
harmony listening to various doo-wop groups. He knew he wanted to be a singer
after listening to the sounds of Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke and Elvis Presley. He
started seriously writing songs after his parents bought him a piano at the age of
fifteen. He also sang in the schools and church choir. In his high school choir at
Seward Park in NYC, he sang under the direction of Melvin Hodge. At Mr.
Hodge's urging Skip auditioned for the All-City High School Choir. After four
grueling weeks of tryouts he became a member singing as a Tenor under John
Motley conducting during the three years which led to performances at the New
York Philharmonic.


Skip loved going to shows and watching such favorites as Jackie Wilson, The
Temptations, The Four Tops, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, The
Spinners, The Dells, The Coasters, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebells (who later
became LaBelle) and many more, especially during the great Motown era with
many of the great hits written by Holland-Dozier-Holland and the incomparable
Smokey Robinson. He especially loved the energy and excitement these
singers/groups would generate and they each left quite an impression on him.
When he was eighteen, he joined a neighborhood singing group called The Valairs.
They were five talented young men ages sixteen to eighteen years who not only
sang well but with Skip persistence in adding choreography to the group, also
learned to move together just as nicely (ala Temptations, Spinners & Coasters).
Besides the many performances they did in the Lower East Side and Harlem they
went on amateur hour at the famed Apollo Theatre and took first place!
The group had later disbanded and Skip joined other memorable groups, including
performing as a solo act while accompanying himself on the piano during which
times he entered several talent competitions and placed either 1st or 2nd in each one!
In the '70s, he helped form the group Full Moon. They sang together for a few
years throughout the city in many venues and Benefit concerts, still remaining
friends to this day. He was the lead singer in his next group, Just Friends in the
late '70s until 1981. They performed in many clubs in NYC, including the once
very popular Village Gate on Bleecker Street in the Village. When that group
broke up Skip continued to sing there on weekends as a solo act until 1983. He
also did some studio work with United Artist, putting down background harmony
tracks for upcoming singers for the next several years while continuing to write his
own music and performing at different establishments.


After receiving numerous enticing offers to tour and share his talent with the
world, Skip reluctantly had to turn them down due to his parents deteriorating
health. Through the tragedies and adversities there was only one constant – he
never stopped singing or writing! What brought him his greatest joy was to sing
whenever he got a chance to. Skip enjoyed jamming with other singers in
Washington Square Park, where he built quite a following of fans and admires
from around the world who adored his joyful singing and dancing. He has
performed other venues as well and made even an appearance on an Adult Swim
promo. Skip is a member of ASCAP and The Society of Singers.
He was working on and looking forward to finishing and releasing his first cd,
Life, Harmony & The Pursuit Of Paradise.


Skip is survived by his wife, Sheila, sibling Deborah Mitchell Champagne, niece
Dominque Champagne, nephew Jean Claude Jr., grandniece Alaijah ChampagneRuiz,
and grandnephew Keith Moore, Jr.


The Broken Chain
By Ron Tranmer
We little knew the day that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone.
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories.
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one
the chain will link again.


The Family of Skip Mitchell sincerely appreciates all acts of love and sympathy
shown to them from friends and admirers during their bereavement.

There will be a memorial celebration for Skip at McLaughlin Funeral Home 625 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City, NJ  07306 on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

 
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Dear Family Please except my heartfelt condolences during this time of bereavement. There's a wonderful hope that's pinned in Romans 6:23- that being of everlasting life!! One day soon no one will ever feel this awful feeling again and you'll be able to see Skip doing what he loves best again- singing .So Grieve as hard as you need but never forget that the true God Jehovah knows what you are going through and has already made arrangements to fix the sting of sin and death.
Kay
Dear Sheila, To you and your family we send our most sincere condolences. There are no words that can accurately convey the depth of sorrow we feel for all of you during this time. Please know that you are in our continual thoughts & prayers and know that Skip is filling streets of gold with music, bringing joy to the King of Kings. We pray you are comforted with the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. May that peace surround you and embrace you as you go through this difficult time. All our love always, Kevin & Maria O'Bryan
Maria O'Bryan
I remember stories my Mom and her brother growing up. He was very over protective of her. They were close. As a little girl, I watched him play and sing on the the piano at my grandmother's home. I would participate sometimes, it pleased my grandparents. He was a Animal Whisperer, this how my love of animals started! He was the owner of the our family dog, Kato a handsome German shepherd who I learnt how to care for, from him. He was a informative and a caring person who was here for too short of a time but shared his love of his music. S.I.P. MY UNCLE.
His Niece
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