Jim Skelly passed away on November 19, 2022, from complications due to dementia. Jim was born in Louisville, KY in 1945. His family moved to Wilmington, DE shortly thereafter.
Jim attended Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE, and Canterbury School in New Milford, CT, where he played football, basketball, and baseball, graduating in 1963. He went on to attend the University of Virginia, earning a Bachelors in Economics and Business in 1967. While at UVA, Jim was a proud member of the Delta Phi fraternity and rarely missed a chance to spend time with his fellow Elmos.
Jim’s career spanned almost 30 years in banking, followed by 20 years in real estate. He was an avid tennis player and a die-hard UVA and Philadelphia sports fan. Jim rarely missed a Tower Hill, Canterbury, or UVA Homecoming or reunion. He was an active member of the UVA Alumni Association, through which he and his wife of 47 years, Fern, enjoyed several international trips, making lasting friendships with other alumni. Known for his kindness and gentle manner, and his impressive ballroom dancing, Jim was respected and admired by everyone who knew him.
He served as a chairperson for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, and volunteered with the Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington, Meals on Wheels, and the Mental Health Association. He had been a member of Wilmington Country Club since the age of 10 and was a past member of Wilmington Club.
He is survived by his loving wife, Fern Skelly. He is also survived by his three daughters, Margaret (Steve), Meredith (Chris), and Layton (Aron); and his five grandchildren, Cameron, Audrey, Maris, Hadley, and Harper. He is also survived by his brother, E. Leland T. Skelly. He was predeceased by his sister, Margaret Skelly Strange, and by his parents, James T. Skelly, Jr. and Margaret Taylor Skelly.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Alzheimer’s Association or to Tower Hill School In Memory of Jim.