Businessman Skip Pikus dies, Lou’s Bootery owner remembered for service to community

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U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, right, visited S. Allen “Skip” Pikus at his downtown Milford business, Lou’s Bootery in 2012.

MILFORD — According to city hall officials, long-time Milford businessman and Ward 2 Councilman S. Allen “Skip” Pikus passed away early Mon., July 6.

Mr. Pikus had been battling illness the past few months but no official cause of death was announced, as of press time.

He will be remembered for his dedication to the city of Milford and his family’s business, Lou’s Bootery.

“I am saddened by today’s news that Councilman S. Allen “Skip” Pikus had passed away. Although he had some recent health complications, it was Skip’s personality and optimism that made us believe that he could overcome anything,” Milford Mayor Bryan W. Shupe said Monday.

Mayor Shupe said he was deeply saddened to lose a valued colleague and friend. Among his many duties as an elected official, Mr. Pikus was also the chairman of the city’s finance committee.

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S. Allen “Skip” Pikus

“The City of Milford, its residents and my family send our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Pikus family and friends. Personally, I am grateful for the opportunities I had to spend time with Skip as a colleague and as a friend. We enjoyed talking about business, city government and family and spent many hours deliberating strategies on how to celebrate and improve on each. His legacy will continue through the many families he supported through his business, the constituents he served throughout the city of Milford and his family members as they continue to share his desire to make Milford a great community,” Mayor Shupe said.

With Mr. Pikus’ passing, it leaves one of the Ward 2 Milford City Council seats vacant. The other seat is held by Councilman James F. Burk.

Mayor Shupe said he has tasked the city’s solicitor in researching the details, since this is such a rare occasion.

The Charter of the city of Milford, when it comes to filling vacancies says, “if at the time a vacancy occurs the remainder of the unexpired term is six (6) months or greater than six (6) months, the election authorities shall call a special election to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term. The special election shall be held not sooner than twenty (20) days nor later than thirty (30) days following the occurrence of the vacancy and shall be otherwise governed by the provisions of Article VII.”

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