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Mr John Frederick (Jack) Skillicorn.

It is with great sadness that the Commissioners have learned of the death on 20th October of their former Chairman and long serving Member, Mr John Frederick (Jack) Skillicorn.

Mr. Skillicorn joined the Board of Onchan Village Commissioners aged 35 in November 1958. He was Onchan born, as were his parents before him. At the time of his election he was residing in School Road. During the Second World War he served in the Scots Guards. He worked as a grocer with the Manx Co-operative Society in Douglas and then later in Onchan before finally joining W A (Billy) Mills the grocer in a shop which once stood immediately opposite the top of Royal Avenue and was built in 1906 by Jack Nivison's father. He later joined the Ambulance Service at Nobles (IOM) Hospital where he worked for 13 years until his retirement. In his youth he was one of the first members of the reformed Onchan Ambulance Class and later a member of the Onchan Branch of the Royal British Legion. He was Chairman of the Village Commissioners in 1965 and retired by rotation in 1973 after 15 years service.

The Commissioners and staff extend their deepest condolences to Mr Skillicorn's family and friends.

The Commissioners' flag will be flown at half mast as a mark of respect today, and on the day of Mr Skillicorn's Funeral.

Funeral Service will be held at St. Peter's Church, Onchan at 12.30pm on Thursday 8th November 2018 followed by Cremation at Douglas Borough Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu of flowers, if so desired, may be sent to Royal British Legion (Isle of Man Branch), 116 Ballanorris Crescent, Friary Park, Ballabeg, IM9 4EU. All enquiries please to Eric Faragher Ltd, Funeral Directors, 6 Main Road, Onchan. Telephone 673109 or 622897 email –

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