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NEW: PawSox President Jim Skeffington Dies

Monday, May 18, 2015

 

Jim Skeffington, the PawSox President and driving force behind the proposed move of the team to Providence, has died of a heart attack at age 73.

Prior to leading the new ownership group of the PawSox, Skeffington was a powerful behind-the-scenes lawyer who helped to put together the deals and financing for some of Rhode Island's biggest projects.

From establishing the financing for the Rhode Island Convention Center to the Providence Place Mall, Skeffington served as everything from bond counsel to chief strategist.

Skeffington had been the driving force behind the effort to bring the Boston Red Sox AAA affiliate from Pawtucket to a new proposed $85 million stadium. The proposal requested $120 million in taxpayer support.

For decades at Edwards and Angell (now Locke Lord) law firm, he had been both a legal and political force.

According to sources, Skeffington fell ill last night after a family event. He has been named a Rhode Island Super Lawyer since 2007 by Thomson Reuters. He has also been listed in the Best Lawyers in America publication for his work in Public Finance Law.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, he served on the Board of Trustees of Bryant University and Providence College.

Skeffington was a graduate of Boston College for undergraduate and Georgetown for law school.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Skeffington was 73 at the time of his death, not 72 as earlier reported. 

 

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