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Memorable Manitobans: John “Jack” Skelly (1944-2002)

Music promoter.

Born at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 February 1944, son of Jack and Marjorie Skelly, he moved to Winnipeg as a child. He was a fixture in the city’s teen club scene and was a regular on CJAY’s Teen Dance Party in the 1960s. He began working in the music industry at 17 years of age and was devoted to promoting local talent. He helped many Manitoba musicians establish themselves locally and nationally. He worked with MCA/Universal Records in sales and promotions for 30 years. He was a Winnipeg Blue Bomber supporter nicknamed “Captain Jack” and lead a group of boisterous fans known as the East Side Rowdies. He died at Winnipeg on 5 November 2002.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 2002.

Manitoba celebrates the life of Jack Skelly,” Manitoba Music.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 6 November 2016

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