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James Askew
  • April 19, 1939
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  • March 14, 2020

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James Newton “Skip” Askew, 80, died of a sudden heart attack on 14 March 2020, at The Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his father, Newton “Newt” Askew; his mother, Harriet Jessie (Millard) Askew Doughty; his brother, Wallace Hutchison Askew ; his grandparents, Albert Wallace and Mary Frances (Davis) Askew, and Omer Hutchison and Effie Marie (Owen) Millard.

He is survived by a niece, Shannon Lee Askew-Kipp Williams (Gary) of Bryan, TX; a step-sister Brooke (Doughty) Rutinsky (Keith) of Pembroke Pines, FL; several aunts, uncles, and cousins, and sister-law, Nora Lee Askew, of Leesburg, FL.

Jim was born on 19 April 1939 in Miami Beach, FL to Newt and Harriet Askew.  He graduated in 1957 from Miami Technical High School (later called “Lindsey Hopkins”) and attended Miami-Dade Community College.  He served three years in the United States Air Force (1957-1960) earning the rank of Airman Second Class.

In 1961 he joined the Dade County Public Safety Department (formerly Dade County Sheriff’s Office, currently Miami-Dade Police Dept.) and retired with the rank of Sergeant in 1991. Jimmy was deeply involved in law enforcement-related activities and associations for almost 60 years.  He also enjoyed sports of many kinds including fishing, hunting, boating, and especially golf, and was an avid University of Miami fan.  He also loved entertaining and feeding his friends.

Skipper was a gregarious, affectionate man with a strong sense of honesty and integrity, honor and obligation.  He was divorced and had no children but his friends and family will always remember him as a caring, generous person who consistently tried to see the positive in people and situations.

A Celebration Of Life gathering will take place on Friday, August 21st, 2020 at Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, 3990 East State Road 44, Suite 105, Wildwood, FL 34785 from 9 to 1030 with an funeral procession to follow and Inurnment to take place at Florida National Cemetery at 1130 am.  For those going to Florida National Cemetery you must wear a mask at the cemetery per the cemetery rules.


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Date & Time:
August 21, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Florida National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513
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August 21, 2020

Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home Heritage Chapel
3990 East State Road 44, Suite 105, Wildwood, FL 34785
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  1. Stephanie Herby says:
    21 Aug 2020
    Not having the pleasure to know you longer , but since 2008 we have been dear friends , you have touched our families hearts! Spending Christmas’s and thanksgiving together, birthdays and graduation parties! Jimmy we love you and miss you every single day! Thank you for always being the best friend you were !

  2. Stephanie Herby posted an image:
    21 Aug 2020
    Me , Brian and Jimmy enjoying a night out to dinner . Miss him dearly!
    Me , Brian and Jimmy enjoying a night out to dinner . Miss him dearly!

  3. Charlie Mussoline says:
    08 Aug 2020
    I had the pleasure of knowing you for many years. Although we never worked together, we had the same friends, the same mind set and the same love for our country. Had alot of good times together with Rick Fowler, Wade Slick O'Keefe, Wayne Shepard and many others. Rest in Peace. I'll miss your smiling face at the Police Officers Renunion but rest assured, the liquid toasts will be many in your honor.

  4. Thomas Tansey says:
    28 May 2020
    We worked together with the Dade County PD in the early 60s out of what was then Central station on NW 14 Street, Miami. Jim was a friendly person and a good police officer. We were friends. And about the same age.

  5. Marcie Arrendale posted an image:
    18 Apr 2020
    Jim and me at Fiest watch Restaurant.<br />
He is missed.
    Jim and me at Fiest watch Restaurant.
    He is missed.

  6. Marcie Arrendale says:
    11 Apr 2020
    My dear friend of over thirty years, I miss Jim every day. He was my go-to person. We were together at least twice a week. Its so sad and difficult to believe he's not with us anymore.
    Rest in peace my very special friend, you are missed.

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