Skip Brien

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 March 2020 at 3:30 pm

Skip BrienSkip Brien, 63, of Holley, died March 15, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital following a short illness. He was surrounded by his family. Skip was born Oct. 4, 1956 in Clarkson, a son of the late Gilbert I. Brien, and he lived in this area most of his life.

Skip was a happy-go-lucky guy who loved to party, cook, and hang out with his friends, and he loved animals. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. He was known as “Number One Hippy” and loved his long hair and tie dye.  He was a handy man who was always willing to help people in need, and he considered himself a jack of all trades.

Skip is survived by Mary Dewey, his loving companion of 28 years; his daughters, Paige (AJ) Brien and Tia (Richy) Brien; loving granddaughter, Kori; sister, Sheila (Duke) Burnett; brothers, Scott (Kelly) Brien and Michael (Stephanie) Baldwin; niece, Dani (Todd) Watkins; great-nephew, Brandon Watkins; great-niece, Alli Watkins; as well as several in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours.  His Celebration of Life service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY 14642.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley. To share a special memory of Skip, please visit