Reginald George "Skip" Ellis III

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Reginald George "Skip" Ellis, III
1961 - 2018
SCARBOROUGH - Our dear brother, today your suffering has stopped, and never will you suffer again. For that we are forever grateful. Skip passed away on March 1, 2018, from complications due to an accident he incurred while living at Halldale Manor in Farmingdale. He has gone home to be with our parents, who dedicated their lives to his care, Reginald Jr. and Beverly Ellis.
Skip was a unique individual and had a beautiful mind that could only be enjoyed by those that chose to be in his life, which were few. He was not paranoid schizophrenia, he was Skip Ellis, that was born with paranoid schizophrenia that showed its nasty head in his adolescence as is most common. He grew up in the North Belgrade/Oakland area, attended school in Belgrade and Oakland/ Messalonskee High School. Like all young boys/men, he loved to hang out with his friends, ride his bike, fish the lakes and hunt with his dad. He loved his mom's cooking which he still speaks of today and he loved chocolate ice cream. Skip loved his word search's, the history channel and could play a mean game of rummy. He enjoyed doing unique art which many admired. Skip loved living on McGrath Pond. He liked to take his boat out, fish, and he loved his three sisters and their families.
He loved his music; Eagles, Credence, Steppenwolf etc. He was a member of the High Hopes Club House for many years. He loved to smoke his cigarettes and wearing cool hats. People that knew him loved him. He had many great accomplishments; challenges far greater than most of us will ever have to face. At a time, in 1976 before the medications of today, he had to endure the side effects of harsh drugs.
He was a AMHI Consent Decree member, a survivor, of those terrible conditions. He had to tolerate society, in a time when society, as like today, wasn't and isn't accepting of the mentally ill by many. He lived through neglect by a case manager in 2015, while in his own apartment. Now, this last accident while at a facility is the battle he couldn't come back from or decided he didn't want to?
To our mom; she used tough love and made him aware that his medication had to be taken faithfully. Consistent dedication from his parents, and his psychiatrist of many years and he himself, they never gave up made and him a poster child for paranoid schizophrenias. He was loved by many that cared for him and he loved everyone. Never in his life - never does anyone recall him saying anything bad about anyone, and certainly never hurt anyone.
He was close to his grandparents, Reg Sr. and Ruby Ellis, special uncles Charles and Edward Ellis, and his aunt Elaine Ellis Barton who always showed love and support and visited him during difficult times in his life.
His childhood friend, David Trask, over the years stopped to say hi. He never forgot his old friend Skip.
Skip is survived by three sisters, Diana Ellis and partner Charles Cobb (we couldn't beat him at rummy), Pam Ellis and sister Kim Ellis and husband Rich Bowles. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Tonya and her husband Carolo Bufano, Ryan LaChance who was close to his uncle and his wife Tabitha all active in his life, Christin BeChard, Philip Moulton, Andrew Bechard and Shawna Moulton; his great nieces and nephews, Ethan LaChance, Julian and Iris Bufano and Nicolas and Alexis Small.
We would like to thank: Dr. Anderson, Dr. Hepron, Ken at Halldale Manor, Mercedes, Trevor, Linda, Rachael, Shelly, Laurie and those I may have forgotten at Pine Point Nursing Home in Scraborough. A special thank you to those over the years that have shown him respect, loved him and cared for him, including Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
Dear brother RIP but if the opportunity arises don't rest, dance, play travel, smile do all those things that for so many years it was difficult.
Remember our Skip, a brother that taught us more about life than any other person. Using your words Skip; we loved you with all our heart, dance until we meet you again dear brother.
A private memorial service will be held in the spring. Dennett Craig and Pate Funeral Home, 13 Portland Rd., Buxton, is respectfully handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers and in his
memory, donations can be sent to:
High Hopes Club House
26 College Ave.
Waterville ME 04901 or:
When you see a mentally ill person, say hi with a smile or give them a $1.00, knowing that dollar may be going for a beer to help them self-medicate or for a cigarette that allows them to self-medicate, as well due to nicotine adjusting dopamine

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Buxton, ME 04093
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Published in Central Maine on Mar. 3, 2018