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Harold "Butch" W. Skeene

January 19, 2014

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You are invited to leave messages of sympathy and memories in Butch's online guestbook.


On January 19, 2014, the Souther Tier lost one of their brightest stars when Harold W. (Butch) Skeene, 73, passed away at the Bridgewater Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing., after a courageous battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents Dorothy E. and Harold Stanley Skeene. He is survived by his son, Daniel H. Skeene; grandson Nicholas Skeene; sister Diane Skeene-Riddick, nephew Jay C. Jenkins; girlfriend Rosemary Lomonaco and best friend Nancy Barker.
Butch was born in the Bronx, NY on June 26, 1940 and moved to the Binghamton area when he was 10. He graduated from Binghamton H.S. and continued his education at B.C.C., taking courses in graphic design. He became widely known during the late 1960's as the lead singer in the "hottest" local band around - "Butch Skeene and the Second Edition". Butch performed at the Apollo Theater with an a cappella group, "The Five Flames", and toured for 2 1/2 years with the "New Century Platters". After spending many years singing throughout the U.S. and Aruba, Butch returned to the Southern Tier and helped revive "The Second Edition", with long time friends Larry Cornwell on keyboard, Charlie Eaton on guitar and newcomer to the band, Ferris Lebous, on percussion. Butch had a sense of humor that was as unique as his beautiful, melodic voice. He will be missed by all who had the privilege of hearing him sing.
A celebration of Butch's life is being planned and will be announced at a future date. Please sign and view his online guestbook at Cremation services provided by the Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home.
The family requests donations be made to the Discovery Center -



"Over The Rainbow"


Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high there's a land I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me Somewhere over the rainbow
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Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow why oh why can't I?
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