Francis “Ski” J. Sakowski, age 72, of Browns Mills, passed away with his family by his side on Monday, August 27, 2018 at home. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on September 5, 1945 to the late Maryanna and Francis W. Sakowski. Ski spent his early years in Massachusetts before enlisting in the US Air Force in 1964, where he proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He then settled in the New Jersey area, where he would plant roots for his family. Ski worked as an ALAD Mechanic in Lakehurst until his retirement in 2012.
If you knew anything about Ski, it was that he loved life. He was known for his sense of humor and his jokes. Making people laugh and smile was what he was best at. He was unconditionally loyal and devoted to his family, good friends and his dogs. Ski also had a second love, his Harleys and his Hotrods. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle in local charity runs and riding with his buddies/brothers. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and being outdoors. Ski was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be sadly missed.
Ski was predeceased by his parents, Francis W. Sakowski and Maryanna Sakowski (nee Ianello); his previous wife Nancy Lee Sakowski; his daughter Kim Lawrence; his precious grandson Tommy Garside; and brother-in-law Tom Wallbank.
He leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Bonnie Sakowski (nee Cichocki) of Browns Mills; his two children, Frank C. Sakowski and wife Mitsy of Longs SC and Lisa A. Doyle and husband Kenny of Browns Mills; his four step-children, Michelle A. Garside and husband Philip of Westampton, Billie Jo Horan and husband Jerry of Glendora, Greg Anderson of Bangor PA and Justin Anderson of Bangor PA; a son-in-law Budd Lawrence of Delran; his sister Barbara Wallbank of CA; his nine grandchildren, Frankie, Jaelyn, Morgan, Anthony, Veronica, Cheyanne, Damyon, Ryan and Bryce; a great-grandson Colton; along with many friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 6PM to 8PM at the Tilghman Funeral Home, located at 52 Main Street, New Egypt NJ 08533, and again on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 11AM to 12PM. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, beginning at 12PM. Burial will follow with Military Honors at the Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at 350 Province Line Road, Wrightstown NJ 08562. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org or to a Veterans charity of your choice.