Phil Skarin: Retired City Employee, RLACEI director, Alive! columnist was champion for Retirees.
Philip (Phil) Skarin, longtime advocate for Retirees, passed away Nov. 2.
Phil was born in Los Angeles and graduated from North Hollywood High School. While attending Los Angeles City College, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. and in 1943 he was ordered to active duty. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his degree in civil engineering. Phil worked for the City’s Department of Engineering for 41 years, retiring in 1987 as the Division Engineer. He also was the newsletter editor for the Retired Los Angeles City Employees, Inc., a publicity chair for RLACEI and a longtime Alive! columnist on retiree issues.
Phil was the state heavyweight weightlifting champion from 1946 to 1949, and he resumed the sport in 1997. He also was the current national and World Masters Champion and always made time for his weekly golf games.
He is survived by his wife, Miriam, of 50 years; and four children, Ronald Skarin of Chatsworth, Kenneth Skarin of Northridge, Carol Williams of Oregon and Barbara Hunt of Monrovia, and eight grandchildren.
The Club sends its condolences to the entire Skarin family.
Phil remains in our thoughts and prayers.