PRINCETON — Troy Patrick Skold, formerly of Princeton, found his peace on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
Born July 23, 1962, and a midterm graduate from Princeton High School in 1980, Troy had been residing in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. During his years of living in Princeton Troy embraced the art of cooking and became a self-taught chef. He was the chef in many kitchens of local establishments such as the Alexander Park Tavern, the Ye Olde Underground Inn, the Cherry Supper Club and the Prime Quarter. He strived for perfection with his dishes and was known to approach diners and ask, “How was it? Be honest. I can take it.” He made the best Cordon Blue in Bureau County. He had a strong adoration for nice cars and a perpetual habit of wrecking them. His suggestion of making cars entirely of rubber went unacknowledged by Detroit. Always dressed to the nines, Troy owned more tuxedos than his idle, John Travolta, and dressed for every occasion. Whether it was a picnic at the Elks Club or dinner in Chicago, he rocked his own fashion statement. Through the years his trends relaxed as proven when he announced he was going to a formal captain’s dinner on a newly built ship and stated, “I guess I’ll wear my black sweats.” In his younger years, Troy sported his own version of a pompadour and regulated his haircuts with a simple observation and stating the obvious, “I cut my hair when there’s enough to make two puppies and a small chimp.” His preference was for anything fun … travel, shopping, road trips with his mom, conversation and happy hour with a cold Milwaukee’s Best. The world we live in today runs contrary to every aspect of a man like Troy. Don’t smoke or drink and live by the rules. Measure yourself by your accomplishments. Troy rejected all of these things and lived life on his own terms. He found great joy in Florida and measured life using family and friends as his measuring stick. A man of kindness and continuous humor, Troy could turn the most mundane into an exceptional experience. His great candor and loyal friendship will be missed by many.
Troy was preceded in death by his father, Bill Skold Jr.; his grandparents, Tom Lawes, Grace Espel, and Bill and Arva Skold.
He is survived by his mother, Patricia Skold of Lakeland, Fla.; one sister, Shelly Chambers of Hubert, N.C.; one brother, Jeff Skold of Bureau; three nieces, Krista, Amanda and Taylor; three great-nieces, Emma, Rylee and Gabriella; and four nephews, Ryan, Thomas, Jeffery and Daniel.
Memorials may be made to the Broward Pantry, which serves seniors in need on low fixed incomes and grandparents raising their grandchildren throughout Broward County at http://tinyurl.com/InhonorofTroySkold. A service to celebrate Troy’s incredible journey will be in Florida at a later date.