Richard Francis Skelly, 78, of Key Largo, Florida died Thursday, July 21, 2016. He was born to the late Frank and Mary Skelly, Dec. 14, 1937, in Oceanside, NY. Dick graduated from Wethersfield (Connecticut) High School in 1956 attending Nichols Junior College in Massachusetts before transferring to American University from which he graduated in 1960. He married Barbara Friemonth in 1964 in Glasgow, Mo. The couple made their home in Wilton, Conn., for many years before relocating to Key Largo and Nantucket in 1996.
Dick began his career in sales with General Electric in Kansas City before relocating to the Northeast and eventually joining Clairol where he became Vice President for Sales in 1967. In 1971, he left Clairol to form his own company, R.F. Skelly & Associates, a manufacturer’s representative firm. The company prospered, eventually acquiring Meteor Associates in 1982. In 1994, he sold the firm to Pezrow Corp. and retired briefly before serving as CEO of Bionaire, a Canadian manufacturer of air purification products, ahead of its acquisition by the Rival Company.