James Kevin Skane
Skane, James Kevin
recently of Sun City, Arizona passed away peacefully on June 24, 2009 at the VA Hospital in Phoenix at the age of 57. Jim was born in Rockville Center, NY but lived most of his young life overseas in South America, Africa, and Ireland, and returned to the U.S. to attend Notre Dame University. He served in the Marine Corps where an accident in 1974 left him quadriplegic, moved to Arizona in 1976, and completed his bachelor's degree in accounting and finance at Arizona State University. Jim, a tremendous sports fan, was particularly devoted to the Arizona Cardinals and he began the website Arizona Sports Fans Network (ASFN) where he was able to interact with other sports fans. He was loved for his honest, forthright character and his quiet generosity, admired for his keen intellect, and will be greatly missed as someone who never felt sorry for himself though faced with the type of adversity that would make cowards of many of us. He was preceded in death by his father, James F., and his brother, Dennis. He is survived by his wife, Melanie, his mother Laura, brothers Patrick, Michael, and Daniel, and sisters Kathleen (Digney), Laura (Stell), Margaret (Woodmansee), and Elizabeth. Services will be held on Thursday July 2, 2009 and include a Mass at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church in Carefree at 10:30AM to be followed by military funeral honors at National Memorial Cemetery on the corner of Cave Creek and Pinnacle Peak Roads at 12:30PM. For those attending the services, please do not hesitate to dress casually. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Freedom Service Dogs (freedomservicedogs.org or 2000 W. Union Ave., Englewood, CO 80110) which has partnered with the VA to train rescued shelter dogs to provide assistance to veterans. Vaya con Dios, mon ami.


Published by The Arizona Republic on Jul. 1, 2009.
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I still miss Jim and his dry wit. He was always there to chat and cheer ya up. I'm so glad he got to see the Cardinals in a Super Bowl. I hope he is enjoying watching Kyler Murray from the cheap seats! A true patriot and otherwise great man.
Bill Davies
Friend
June 25, 2020
It has been 10 years since Jim passed away. He is remembered today by his football friends throughout the country.
Bill Davies
Friend
June 25, 2019
I have known Jim since he started the Cardinal web site in the very beginning. I never knew of the many challenges that he faced and have a deep admiration for how he coped with them while still giving so much back. May his family and friends find peace in the knowledge that he is in a place where there is no pain but only joy. God Bless you all.
Karl Reichardt
July 5, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Skane family and all his friends. We already miss Jim's humor and rancor, as well as his thoughtful insight to the workings of life and the world. Rest in peace amigo.
Eduardo Martinez
July 4, 2009
My condolences to all the members of the Skane Family. I have been a friend of his sister Laura for many years. I have known Jim for most of those years. I am glad I had the chance to know him, he was always full of good advice and was always upbeat and full of jokes. He will be deeply missed.
Linda Sterne
July 2, 2009
When I first met Jim, I saw a man in a wheelchair, but as I got to know him as a part of our family, the wheelchair receded into the background and the personality became bigger than the disability. I think Jim is one of the few people I call my most unforgettable characters. He was diverse in knowledge, charitable in concern for others, and the biggest sports fan of the Cardinals I ever knew. I am proud of Jim’s life and have reverence for his choices in death. He was a brave man. Good by Jim. You left an impression on me and the wheelchair faded away.
Martha Lawrence Gucciardo
July 2, 2009
My condolences to the family of Jim Skane. He and I worked hard to build Arizona Sports Fans together and he was always a strong supporter of me and my family. So generous and so kind.

I will miss him.
Mike Olbinski
July 2, 2009
When you look back at your life it it easy to remember those people who had an influence on who you are today. Uncle Jim was one of those people for me. He was kind to me, told great jokes, challenged me on history and politics, was a huge sports fan, and was someone I loved to be around.

Although words don't have much comfort in them, I hope that seeing these entries and knowing how much people loved and cared for Jim brings some peace to those who are missing him most.
Debbie Defreyn
July 1, 2009
I met Jim through my long friendship with Melanie and our shared love of horses. I will remember Jim for his appreciation of the desert and awe of the wildlife that visited their home in Tonto Hills.

May you be comforted by happy memories during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy.
Jenny Powers
July 1, 2009
Kathy and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. We're sorry we never got to know Jim, but just reading the obituary, what an example and inspiration he can be to the rest of us. Such an amazing man!
Nancy & Howard Waugaman
July 1, 2009
I "met" Jim online several years ago through our mutual love for football. Although I never met him in person, I felt like I had known him all my life. He's a great man and the #1 Cardinal fan of all time. As Martin wrote, Jim seeing the Cardinals introduced at Super Bowl VXIII was a blessing from God - an invitation of sorts. It looks like Jim accepted.

God bless you, Jim. We are happy for you and saddened for our loss. You will be missed.
Bill Davies
July 1, 2009
I still remember when i was a little kid, and my mother would take me over to Aunt Mel's and Uncle Jim's. I would always ask the same question when i got there, "Jim, What is lightning?" And no matter how many times i asked the question, he would always answer and never get mad. Towards the more adult years of my life Jim and I grew even more bonded by the common male interest of football. Jim never dreamed of seeing his team, the cardinals go to the playoffs let alone go to the superbowl, As soon as they got to the superbowl he said "Now i can die". Im glad you got to see them do it Jim, Now you can watch with Papa And Mimi, And hey Maybe ask the big guy up there to send them some luck for this next Season.
Martin Lawrence
July 1, 2009
Jim became a member of our family the first time he came to dinner and participated in a robust discussion of whatever was going on in the world at the time. He and I were probably on the opposite sides of the issue, but all the Lawrence's grew to love Jim for his wit, intellect and his genuine interest in people. My condolences to Melanie and the Skane family.
Judy Lawrence
July 1, 2009
my thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief,I too loved and miss jim terribly i was one of his caregivers allthough only with him for a short time he made a great impact on my life
maria ridlon
July 1, 2009
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