Jim Skeffington

New PawSox owner Jim Skeffington dead at 73

May 18, 2015 - 7:22 am

Providence attorney Jim Skeffington, who was part of the group that recently purchased the Pawtucket Red Sox with plans to move the team to Providence, died Sunday night, reportedly after suffering a heart attack while jogging. "It is with profound sadness that I confirm the death of Jim Skeffington," PawSox spokeswoman Patti Doyle said in a statement Monday morning. "His son, Jim Skeffington Jr., will issue a statement on behalf of his family later today." A Providence native, Skeffington graduated from Boston College and Georgetown Law School before returning to work with corporate and governmental clients in Rhode Island, according to the Providence Journal. He was involved in numerous public projects in the Providence area, including the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Providence Place mall. "I am deeply saddened by the stunning news of the passing of Jim Skeffington," Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said in a statement. "He was a true legend in the Rhode Island legal and business communities, having a hand in nearly every major project in our state for decades. "Jim was a gentleman in every sense of the word and a real champion for all that is good about Rhode Island. It is tragic that he did not live long enough to see his vision for the Pawtucket Red Sox come to fruition, but he left a legacy that will live on for generations to come. He loved Rhode Island, and I will miss my friend." Skeffington and Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino were the most visible partners in the new PawSox ownership group.