Barton B. Skeen Jr. of Wayland, Mass., and East Chop, died Feb. 7 after a long illness. Mr. Skeen was born on Sept. 25, 1936 in Baltimore to the late Barton B. Skeen Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Scrivener) Skeen. He graduated from Calvert School, City College of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore Law School. He was a proud third generation Baltimorean.

A long-term Wayland resident, he served in the U.S. Army in Korea in the unit stationed closest to the Demilitarized Zone from 1957 to 1959; this was a momentous experience in his young life. Professionally he worked as a labor relations attorney for several companies, including the Pennsylvania Railroad, Bendix, W.R. Grace, Ludlow Corp. and Fairchild Industries. As a labor negotiator he traveled extensively throughout the United States, to such locations as New Orleans, La., Owensboro, Ky., and Libby, Mont., among others. He later worked as a securities arbitrator for both the New York Stock Exchange and NASD; he was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Mr. Skeen was a sociable guy, enjoying his family, friends and neighbors. He was interested in politics and current events and loved reading novels and following professional football. He loved his visits to Martha’s Vineyard, where he enjoyed the company of many friends and daily swims in Nantucket Sound. On the Vineyard he enjoyed driving his little blue Jeep around and taking long walks with his yellow Labrador, Turbo, who predeceased him by almost a decade.

He served as the president of the East Chop Beach Club from 1997 to 1999, and he also served on its finance committee for several years. He was active in his community, serving as an usher, lay reader and vestryman at Church of the Holy Spirit in Wayland, and St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Va., where he lived for 13 years. He was a member or the Retired Men’s Association of Wayland/Sudbury, and a volunteer Salvation Army bell ringer at Christmastime.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen N. Skeen, his sons Andrew T. Skeen of Brookline, and Peter N. Skeen and wife Laura of Roanoke, Va.; his three grandchildren, Ryan, Thomas and Grace; and two brothers, Robert G. Skeen and Douglas T. Skeen, both of Timonium, Md.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Skeen’s name to either the East Chop Beach Club, or the Alzheimer’s Association of Mass. and New Hampshire, 480 Pleasant street, Watertown, MA 02472-2407.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, at noon, at St. Anne’s in the Fields Episcopal Church, 257 Concord Road, (route #126) in Lincoln, MA.