Skippy Eugene Gifford

Skippy Eugene Gifford, 57, of Jamestown N.Y., passed away Feb. 6, 2014, at 9:54 p.m. at WCA Hospital, surrounded by his family.

He was born Sept. 12, 1956, the son of Iva Jean Ruthkowski Gifford Ayers and the late Victor Gifford.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was stationed in South Carolina.

He loved to fish and hunt, he loved animals, especially his cats, and he loved his family.

Surviving is his son, Joshua Nixon and daughter, Tara Nixon, both of Jamestown; five grandchildren: Jadah and Jaydyn Nixon, Cyles Gifford, Ava Williams and Bryson Pinto, all of Jamestown; four brothers: Victor Gifford of Michigan, Joey Gifford and Robert “Turtle” Gifford of Jamestown; and Travis Gifford of Falconer; two sisters, Bambi Lynn of Erie, Pa., and Jeanna Gifford of Jamestown; along with his many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besideshis father, he was proceeded in death by a brother, Ronnie; and two sisters: Heather and Crystal Gifford.

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2-5 p.m. at the Hotel Jamestown basement floor, where a service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Dinner will immediately follow the service. Friends and family are welcome to come and help us celebrate his life.

Memorials and flowers will be received at the Hotel Jamestown, Saturday Feb. 22, from 1-2 p.m.