James Anthony Skarratt

17 November, 194525 November, 2021

Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 25th at the age of 76.

Predeceased by his wife Lois (Doel) and his son David. He will be missed by sons Jay and Steven, and his brother Cliff along with his extended Lazy Flamingo family. Jim was active in the community for decades starting as Program Director at his Alma Matter, McMaster University and then with Skarratt Promotions which brought concerts and entertainment to Hamilton for 5 decades. He was also an accomplished musician, playing tenor sax with Bobby Washington and the Soul Society. In the 90’s his promotion office evolved into the Lazy Flamingo, which continues to serve and entertain the community of Hamilton. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the PSW’s and support staff for their care.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 11th at 11am the MARLATT FUNERAL HOME “Swackhamer Chapel”, 195 King Street West, Dundas. For those who wish, the service will be live streamed at

Proof of full vaccination, along with government issued ID, are mandatory to attend indoor funeral services for those age 12 and older. Masks are required.


11 December

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Marlatt Funeral Home, Swackhamer Chapel

195 King Street West
Dundas, Ontario

11 December

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

3764 - Marlatt Funeral Home, Swackhamer Chapel

195 King Street West
Dundas, ON L9H1V5


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Patti Oosterveld

29 November 2021

Jay and Steven; We are so sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away. Jim was an amazing, accomplished and generous man. Though we haven't seen you for some years, we think of you fondly and cherish the memories we have with you and your family. Sending our sincerest sympathy to you and the Flamingo family. Patti and Jack Oosterveld

Jim Gillard

28 November 2021

Jim was a very generous human being and we will always remember him for that generosity

When he heard that the hall for our wedding reception had burned to the ground 2 weeks before our event , he arranged for a hall and catering for us at McMaster University and then provide a live band for our reception as well at his expense
It was his wedding gift to us
and for that we will always be forever grateful
Thank you Jim !

Jim and Sheila Gillard
Nee Sheila Skarratt

Dave Smith

28 November 2021

Very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My condolences to Jim’s family. Many great memories while at CKOC working with Jim on all the fabulous shows he brought to Hamilton that we were a part of. And I met Jim before that during our musician days. He was a wonderful guy. God bless his soul and may he rest in eternal peace.

John Oosterveld

28 November 2021

Regrettably, I haven't visited the Flamingo in far too long and have been meaning to catch up with Jim as he was never one to sugar coat things and had a great deal of wisdom to share from his many life experiences.
The Skarratts are some of the coolest people I've ever met and I'll never forget the best years of my life that they gave me. They always treated me like family and I still dream about hanging out at their old house all of the time. Those memories, you just can't put a price on.

Cathie Stewart

28 November 2021

I haven't seen Jim for many years as I have lived away from Hamilton. I remember attending some of his early concerts at Mac when I was a teenager and I met Jim in the 80s during his Skarratt Promotions days. He was a mentor and friend. I have many happy memories of his hospitality at concerts and parties at the farm near Jerseyville with Lois (and the boys who were so young). He had an eye for talent, tremendous energy and warmth of spirit. My condolences to Jim's family and friends.

Heidi Mayer

26 November 2021

My condolences to the immediate and extended Lazy Flamingo family. A ball of fire he was, rest in peace Jim.
Heidi Mayer

Jude Johnson

25 November 2021

I am so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. I haven’t seen him for a while but there was always a twinkle in his eye and a warm hug when I did.I played the Hess Street festival for yrs and Jim was the kingpin…a King of a man…Godspeed old friend

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