Obituary: Cathy Skeirik Roberts – Portland Press Herald –

28January 2021

Cathy Skeirik Roberts FALMOUTH/KENNEBUNKPORT– Cathy Skeirik Roberts, the half-Lebanese, half-Irish, whirlwind of energy died on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, due to complications from a multi-year courageous fight with ovarian cancer.

Cathy lived an abundant life, filled with appealing expert opportunities and lots of caring close member of the family and pals. Cathy was always active– a passionate skier, runner, biker, hiker, wind surfer and paddle boarder. She had a long-lasting love of literature and constantly treasured a well-crafted novel. One of Cathy’s a lot of beloved leisure activities was hanging around with her household at Goose Rocks Beach.

She was born on Sept. 15, 1956 to Dr. Lewis Skeirik and Patricia Drummey Skeirik at the healthcare facility at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., where her daddy was stationed with the U.S. Army. In 1958, the Skeirik family settled in Georgetown, Mass., where her father opened his oral practice. Cathy was raised together with her siblings in a fantastic colonial house dating back to 1754. She participated in the local schools in Georgetown and taken pleasure in playing field hockey, basketball and softball.

She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1978 earning a B.S. in Dental Hygiene while likewise obtaining a Secondary School Instructor Certification in English. For the next 2 years, she was an English teacher in her home town at Georgetown High School. She then found her real calling and enrolled in the New England School of Law in Boston, finishing in 1985.

She was accepted in the U.S. Navy Judge Supporter General’s Corps and satisfied her future spouse, Brian Neale Roberts, who was also a JAG, on the very first day of training in Newport, R.I. Cathy was really happy with remaining in the U.S. Navy and served at Naval Station Treasure Island, Calif., first as a trial counsel (prosecutor) and after that as the staff judge supporter (legal counsel) for the commander of the base. She tried numerous cases and knew she wished to pursue a career as a trial attorney.

Upon her discharge in June 1989, she and Brian relocated to Portland and were married on July 15, 1989 in Kennebunkport. Cathy was employed as an associate and after that became a partner at the Portland company of Thompson and Bowie and would spend the next 27 years at the company.

She relished the challenges of practicing law and especially liked mentoring brand-new attorneys and employee. She was appreciated by her peers as an outstanding trial attorney and by her clients as a passionate advocate. Her practice included the locations of insurance defense, worker’s payment and her real calling, admiralty law.

In June 2016, she was employed by the Maine Attorney general of the United States’s Office to work in the litigation department. A few months later on, she was detected with advanced ovarian cancer. As a brand-new staff member, she was extremely grateful to the then Attorney General and now Guv of the State of Maine, Janet Mills and to Litigation Division Chief Susan Herman for their unfaltering assistance. Lots of thanks to the personnel of the Attorney general of the United States’s Workplace who donated their hard-earned holiday days to Cathy during the healing from her first operation. She returned to work and completely enjoyed the work and her colleagues prior to lastly entering retirement in 2019.

Cathy was predeceased by her precious daddy, Dr. Lewis Skeirik.

She is survived by her partner, Brian Neale Roberts of Falmouth; her mom, Patricia Drummey Skeirik of Georgetown, Mass. and Goose Rocks Beach; her sister, Marcia Braganca and hubby, Joseph, of East Providence, R.I., her sibling, Peter Skeirik DMD and his better half Pamela, of Georgetown, Mass., and her sis, Lynne Skeirik and her other half James Patnode of Arlington, Va. Cathy was incredibly close to her nieces, Beth and Sara and her nephews, Daniel and Calvin and their children.

A celebration of Cathy’s life will be held this coming September.

Cathy had an enthusiasm for life. She specifically delighted in being on a nice beach with family and friends and having a beer. To those many people who are friends and family of Cathy, the next time you are on a beautiful beach in warm weather and you have a drink in your hand, raise a toast to Cathy. She would like that.

To share a memory or leave a message of acknowledgement, please visit Cathy’s Book of Memories Page at

Arrangements remain in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk, ME 04043. In lieu of flowers Cathy has actually asked that any memorial contributions might be made to the Maine

Coast Heritage Trust,

1 Bowdoin Mill Island # 201,

Topsham, ME 04086.

Cathy Skeirik Roberts

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