We join others in mourning the loss of dear friend and avid Phish fan Gregg “Skip” Lobdell, and present these words and pictures, provided with his family’s input and approval through friend Rachel Seegar and sister Lisa Martel:

Skip will always be remembered for his generous nature and love of life. He touched the lives of all who knew him. A friend like Skip is hard to find. His energizing spirit, love of music, beautiful smile and sweet ways will be greatly missed. He was a master of ticketing strategy and reservations, an enthusiastic sports fan, a musician, collector of art, long time public servant, and a great wit. He was one in a million, and will be deeply missed.

We ask that you continue to honor Skip’s spirit of giving by donating to the Mockingbird Foundation. Educating children on the beauty of music and giving them a sense of community is something we know would have brought him great joy. Please help change the lives of others in Skip’s memory by making a donation in his name.


Gregg, 37, died suddenly on Sunday, May 02, 2010. Born in Albany, he was son of Irving Lobdell and Denise Carroll Lobdell of Averill Park and beloved friend of Allison Haber Wren and daughter Ava of San Diego. He was raised in Averill Park and was a graduate of Averill Park High School and Clarkson University.

Skip was an engineer for U.S. Geological Survey in Poway, CA for the past 17 years. He was a member of Beta Tau fraternity and enjoyed many hobbies including investing in art, playing drums, Phish and electronics and technology.

Survivors in addition to his parents and girlfriend include his sister, Lisa L. Martell of Long Beach, NY and numerous family and friends.

A celebration of his life gathering will be held May 15th at the Burden Lake County Club from 1-5pm. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Gregg ‘Skip’ Lobdell to The Mockingbird Foundation, http://mockingbirdfoundation.org is a foundation which supports music education for children. Donations may also be mailed, as a check or money order (no cash, please) payable to the Mockingbird Foundation, sent to c/o The Godards, 6948 Luther Circle, Moorpark, CA 93021.

For a private family guest book, visit www.brycefh.com.


Donations in Gregg’s memory may be made via Paypal (using Paypal directly, or a credit card through a Paypal account) via the link below; or by sending a check, payable to the Mockingbird Foundation, c/o The Godards, 6948 Luther Circle, Moorpark, CA 93021.

The Mockingbird Foundation is an all-volunteer nonprofit (501c3) founded by Phish fans to support music education for children through small strategic grants to scores of special programs. The Foundation is all-volunteer – with no paid staff, office, or honoraria, and administrative costs below 1% – and has been founded and managed entirely by Phish fans, including a geographically dispersed board of directors.