On Monday, July 6 the Pikus family of Milford, DE confirmed that City Councilman and local businessman S. Allen “Skip” Pikus has passed away. Pikus had been struggling with health issues over the past several weeks but the news of his death came to a surprise to many in the Greater Milford Area.
“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,” stated Mayor Bryan Shupe in a public statement released on Monday. “The City of Milford, its residents and my family send our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Pikus family and friends.”
Councilman S. “Skip” Allen Pikus was born in Dover, attended Dover Public Schools and later graduated from University of Delaware. He began to work for his father at Lou’s Bootery in Downtown Milford in the early 1950’s. He later partnered with his brother Terry, who passed away in 2012.
According to City officials, Pikus served on Milford City Council from 1973-1981 and 1990-1996, in addition to serving the citizens of Kent County as a Kent County Levy Court Commissioner for two years. Returning to city government in 2010 as Second Ward Council Representative, he was appointed a member of the Police Committee, Annexation Committee and Chairman of the City Finance Committee. During the past five years, he worked diligently with City Finance Director/Interim City Manager Jeff Portmann to consistently present a balanced budget each year, even during an economic downturn. He would conclude his update of the finance report at every monthly council meeting by stating “we are healthy, but not wealthy”, a reminder of the need for cautious spending and sound reserves. City officials state that Councilman Pikus’ death comes exactly two weeks after what is now know as council’s adoption of his final budget.
When asked in 2010 why he decided to run again for city council, he stated his love for the city and the need for economic development and a more business-friendly community. He felt that growth was inevitable and whether everyone liked it or not, the city had to grow in a way it would bring more jobs to Milford. He felt a cohesive council could make that happen.
“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,” said Mayor Shupe. “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. Our deepest sympathies to his three sons David (Katherine), Steven (Gretchen) and Eric (Phyllis), grandchildren and other family members.”
The passing of Councilman Pikus leaves one seat in Ward II open on the Milford City Council. According to the City Charter “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.” City officials state that more information regarding this matter will be released shortly.
Services will be held for Mr. Pikus on Thursday, July, 9 at the Rookery North Golf Course in Milford, DE. Visitors may come from 10am to 1pm to visit family. Any information about public services to honor S. Allen “Skip” Pikus will be released through the MilfordLIVE.com website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Please feel free to share your memories of Skip with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or posting directly to our Facebook page.