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Local Priest Purchases Headstones For Morgan Co. Father, Daughter Killed In Fire

Posted at 9:54 AM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 10:00:35-04

MORGAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – A local priest known for good deeds and random acts of kindness will purchase the headstones for a Morgan County father and daughter killed in a house fire this weekend.

Timothy Gambill and nine-year-old Skylar Gambill were killed in a fire on Saturday. Family says the father-daughter duo was inseparable, and the hard-working dad did whatever he could to provide for his two kids, Skylar and Harley.

“He was always on the sidelines for football games for Harley and always at basketball games or if she was cheerleading,” said Timothy’s niece Marybeth May.

May says Skylar had a bright future ahead of her.

“She was very high-spirited. She was going to be a teacher someday. She loved slime and she wanted to be a princess,” said May.

The family was desperately trying to crowdsource for headstones for the two, but Father Jim Sichko stepped in and will cover the cost of the monuments.

Father Jim, a papal missionary for mercy, was moved to help the family after the devastating tragedy. He has done the same for many others in the community.

Sichko is working with John Kerns at Kerns Monuments in Berea. The business will handle the production of the headstones.