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Funeral services announced for retired Shelton firefighter

December 29, 2018

Funeral services are planned for this weekend for the retired volunteer Shelton firefighter who died earlier this week after a battle with cancer.

Christopher “Opie” Scott Skurat died on Tuesday at the age of 38, surrounded by his family and friends at Yale New Haven Hospital, according to his obituary.

Skurat was born in Derby on Jan. 5, 1980. He lived in Shelton for most of his life before moving to Ansonia 10 years ago. He married Carla A. Skurat and they had two boys, Jake and Ryan.

Skurat owned Country Cuts & Landscapes LLC and was retired from the Echo Hose Hook and Ladder Co. 1 in Shelton.

“Christopher enjoyed spending time with his sons hunting and ice fishing and loved adventurous traveling with his family,” the obituary said. “He always went out of his way to help those who needed it.”

He is survived by his wife, sons, his in-laws, his niece and nephews, and his extended family, many friends and animals.

In the obituary, Skurat’s family thanked the fire company and those who donated to the GoFundMe page set up to help cover the cost of his medical bills after he was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma in the summer of 2017.

The family also thanked the staff at Yale New Haven Hospital who they said “did an amazing job caring for Christopher up until his last breath.”

Friends and family are invited to greet the family at Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road in Shelton, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. A funeral home service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Riverview Funeral Home, followed by the burial at Riverside Cemetery, 475 Howe Ave.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked for memorial contributions to the GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/helping-the-skurat-family.

Online condolences can be offered to the family at www.riverviewfh.com.

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