On the post above the white, pink and yellow petals was a nameplate, with "Skidmore" in blue paint. The property behind the mailbox was well-maintained, and the house itself was quiet, with the lights inside turned off.
Robert Skidmore lived in the tranquil Cape St. Claire community for about 15 years, his relatives said. On Wednesday, Skidmore was killed in a motor vehicle collision on Route 50.
The accident claimed two lives. Skidmore, 66, was a grandfather of four and a successful businessman who co-founded an energy efficiency business 25 years ago, according to his daughter, Shelly Skidmore.
The second victim was Laura Ashley Murphy, 22, of Salisbury. Murphy was just starting a family of her own. She was engaged to Ryan Ellis, and the two had a child together, 11-month-old Maxwell Adrian Ellis.