Wade Hampton Skinner was born on April 17, 1984 to Robert Conklin Skinner Jr. (“Bob”) and Ann Pamela Skinner (“Pam”). He entered the world alongside his twin brother Robert Conklin Skinner III (“Bobby”) and as the only siblings in the family, the two were extremely close.
As a child, Wade was highly precocious and asked many questions about things that he thought interested adults. His inquisitive nature often led him to being the center of attention, as he was quick to know the answer, but he also developed a keen sense of knowing his audience at young age which would carry over into adulthood.
One of his more impressive traits was his encyclopedic knowledge of sports. Growing up in Northern New Jersey, he was a diehard New York Giants fan (because his father loved them), a passionate New York Yankees fan (four titles in five years) and lived and breathed the New Jersey Devils (witnessing two Stanly Cups in person).
However, it was golf that really captured most of Wade’s attention. Not only could he name all of the Masters and U.S. Open champions by the age of nine, but he became one of the stronger junior golfers in the area. He captained the Morristown-Beard High School golf team as a junior and would go on to individually win the Prep B Conference tournament the same year. Wade was also a standout hockey player for the Morristown-Beard Crimson, starting varsity all four years.
After attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Wade followed in his father’s footsteps into the apparel business. He became a manager in retail for Polo Ralph Lauren where he worked in one of the flagship stores on Madison Ave. After living in New York City for four years, he was transferred to Hong Kong to be part of the team to open the Prince's Building men's flagship store in Asia.
Wade would later return to New Jersey. His family and friends will all miss him beyond what words can express. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be directed to K9s For Warriors in the name of Wade H. Skinner.