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Victor Eugene Cargill Jr. “Skipper” passed away on September 6 th 2023 following a battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by family at his passing.
Victor was born on December 20th, 1962, in St. Louis, Missouri to Victor and Florida. When Victor was a baby, his grandmother took one look at his little sailor outfit and quickly nicknamed him Skipper, - it stuck for the rest of his life, except for a brief time when his baby sister Stefanie's first words included, Mama,& Dada,& and big brother, Yah, Yah. Eventually, younger brother Michael came along, making Victor the oldest of three. He took his role as Big Brother very seriously, never missing the opportunity to boss them around.
Victor was imaginative, complicated, and creative, driven by insatiable curiosity and a desire to see all of the world's complexities. It was that curiosity that made him a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy. He also loved comic books, and science fiction TV shows including, Star Trek, and Dr. Who. He had a deep affection for classic films like, The Planet of the Apes. As a child, he especially loved the;Creature Feature,&; on local TV showcasing films like, The Blob, and anything starring Vincent Price. He spent many weekend evenings (making) his siblings enjoy these films which would eventually be affectionately known in the family as Skipper movies.
Victor was also an avid music lover. He played drums in the band at Pattonville High School. Victor later formed his own band where he learned to write, record, and produce original music in a home studio he created in his parents' basement. Never one for being pigeonholed, Victor explored many career paths throughout his adult life, but none brought him more joy or utilized his talents as distinctly as photography. He especially enjoyed photographing his mother's flower garden, sunsets over Creve Coeur Park, his girlfriend Blanche, and various spots around St. Louis and the Gateway Arch. Victor was a self-taught craftsman who could master all manner of D.I.Y. projects thanks to google and his trusty youtube.
Victor provided steady and loving support to his parents during his fathers illness and to his mother, brother, and sister following his father & passing even as he dealt with his own grief.
Victor Jr. (Skipper) leaves behind his mother, Florida, sister Stefanie, brother Michael, girlfriend Blanche Lennon, her mom Mrs. Florence Sims, best friend Darryl Blunt, his aunts Mrs. Thelma McClelland, Mrs. Evelyn Boggerty, Mrs. Brenda Howard, Mrs. Ethel Martinez, Mrs. Beverly Cooke, his uncle Mr. Clarence McElroy, a host of loving cousins in St. Louis, Detroit, California, Memphis, Illinois, Ohio, and Louisiana along with so many, many friends from grade school, high school, Legend Lane, Webster Groves, and beyond. Victor Eugene Cargill Jr. Skipper,Vic, Yah Yah, complicated man with a huge heart.
“This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12kjv