Butch Skeene & Santo Cofini

Local Singer in Grave Condition

Harold William "Butch" Skeene is in Bridgewater Nursing Home with stage 4 brain cancer. He can not identify anyone, nor communicate with them.

Butch Skeene is the top singer in the Triple Cities area for the last 40-45 years. His career has wowed the crowds in countless nightclubs and bars. His group Butch Skeene and the 2nd Edition was the hottest local band ever in the Binghamton area. Later on he joined the infamous "Platters" and toured the world. Returning to Binghamton in 1980, Butch joined forces with renowned pianist Santo Cofini, working for me at the Zanzibar for over 3 years straight. They were a match made in heaven and drew countless numbers of people night after night. HE took a break fro music for a period of time, then 3 years ago the 2nd Edition regrouped as Butch Skeene and the 2nd Edition.

Butch Skeene is the most talented individual in the Triple Cities, his voice was near perfect, and his personality was as great as his voice. I believe he has a star on the Broome Co. Walk of Fame.

It makes me really sad to see his life end so sadly. Butch should be applauded by the Triple Cities public right now, and not after his death. At the end of every performance he always had a big "Thank You" and now it's time that we all thanked Butch for being Binghamton's Star!

Area contacts: Larry Cornwell, Carl Petro, Paul Knapik, and myself, Barry Blakeslee 607 427-3663

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Ann Coghlan says ... on Saturday, Jan 2 at 2:23 AM

So sorry to hear of Butch Skeene passing. I have wonderful memories of him during his time singing for the Platters and City Lights. He had a beautiful voice.

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Rick steel Senko says ... on Tuesday, Jan 21 at 9:31 PM

What a great talent & such a nice guy. He will be missed by many. He is in my prayers. RICK///....

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John Stark says ... on Monday, Jan 20 at 10:14 PM

I first met Butch when I was about 14 years old and his vocal ability was beyond good!! Throughout the years we became good friends and worked together on occasion. A great loss for the Binghamton area.

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Kathie Grassi says ... on Monday, Jan 20 at 6:54 PM

To my forever friend of 35yrs. I will miss you forever.

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Van Pressley Jr. says ... on Monday, Jan 20 at 1:43 PM

I totally enjoyed singing with Butch in the late 70s. I thought he was a very talented and handsom entertainer. I'm sorry we didn't often keep in contact. I think there is still some more singing for you to do my Man. Peace on Blood.

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Larry Heatwole says ... on Monday, Jan 20 at 9:28 AM

I am so sorry to learn of his passing. Rick Fedo told me that he was ill. I truly enjoyed working with Butch in The Platters as well as City Lights. I ask that his family and friends accept my sympathy.

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LuAnn DeMartino says ... on Monday, Jan 20 at 1:01 AM

Rest in Peace my friend, until we meet again!

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Cheryl J.Herko says ... on Monday, Jan 20 at 12:11 AM

Not only my friend and co worker, entertaining the people who loved you dearly as I,will never forget the wonderful times we shared. Always a gentleman with so much class.ALWAYS IN MY HEART.

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Barry Blakeslee says ... on Sunday, Jan 19 at 10:58 PM

Butch passed peacefully around 8:00 PM this evening. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. He is now in a better place and I know there is music for him to enjoy there forever.

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Diane Sherrow says ... on Sunday, Jan 19 at 10:27 PM

Thank You Butch Skeene for the youthful joys and memories and we'll see you "On the Other Side"....FLY HIGH...You'll be in our hearts, your "Forever Fans!!"

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