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Born: Jul 08, 1955

Date of Passing: Aug 29, 2022

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Jeffrey Gordon Skinner, suddenly after a lengthy illness on August 29, 2022, passed away.
Jeff was born on July 8, 1955 in Winnipeg, MB. He is survived by his brother David; nieces, Joelle (Damon) Chow of Bakersfield, California and Jaimi (Graeme) Green of Winnipeg, Manitoba; as well as numerous cousins, great-nieces and nephew. Jeff was predeceased by his father Gordon; mother Evelyn and sister-in-law Judith.
Jeff was raised in Silver Heights in Winnipeg, attending Silver Heights High School, summers at the family business at Lockport and then on to University of Winnipeg, where he continued his interest in the arts. All his life he continued to act, sing, write and perform. He was involved in numerous productions, movies and TV shows and going on to produce various productions. He also operated a school for teaching acting and other skills where he touched the lives of so many. He performed coast to coast, making friends wherever he went.
In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held.
A celebration of Jeff's life will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 101 Keating Avenue between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. for friends and well wishers to drop in and reminisce.
If friends so wish, donations may be made to the Manitoba Kidney Foundation.
He completed his life the same way he lived it, with grace, courage and a kindness for all. You will be missed.

Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 10, 2022

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • Hi David. I'm so sorry your loss. Sincerest condolences to your entire family. I saw Jeff often before Disability. He was so gifted. We met in the 80's volunteering for The Rainbow Society. I'm blessed to have so many photos & memories throughout the years. I went to everything he was a part of. Many Dinners & Celebrations. I still sing, "The Rainbow Song." Acting with Robin Williams was one of many roles. Robin spoke to your Mom in true Robin/Jeff form. He brought the photos to the condo. Dancing under the Canopy was all Jeff. Singing at Green Gates was Jeff in his element - so gifted. Parties at the house were a Joy. Teaching was yet another gift. Thank you for donating your kidney. Time was a blessing. A special soul. One day we will all be reunited & create more amazing memories. Much Love. Rest in Heavenly Peace my Friend. You are missed, you will always be missed. Kym - Posted by: Kym Loschiavo (Friend) on: Jan 22, 2023

  • I had the privilege of working with Jeff a few times. His dedication to his craft showed in his work, and our community has lost a wonderful talent. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. Condolences to Jeff’s family, friends, and loved ones. - Posted by: Dave Brown (Friend) on: Oct 09, 2022

  • Gone too soon. We had been friends since being on patrol in grade 4 at Strathmillen Elementary. We kept in touch and kept our friendship in junior high and high school and even after I moved away. He was the best man at my wedding and a good friend to my family over the years. Jeff was still making plans and optimistic in life even in recent years with his health challenges. He managed to make a life from his love of acting, singing etc. I couldn't make his remembrance but my thoughts were there..see you buddy - Posted by: Tim Daly (friend) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Jeff and my sister, Ingrid Olafson, went to school and sang together at the musicals performed at Silver Heights Collegiate, which is where I am sure they both found their love of entertaining. I reached out to Jeff when my sister passed away and along with a friend of my daughters, who is a talented young singer, they performed some of the duets from the Silver Heights musicals. it truly was a celebration of life for my sister and great memories for my family and many of their Silver Heights friends that attended. Jeff was a wonderful and generous person, who will be missed and fondly remembered. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. - Posted by: Rodney Olafsson (Friend) on: Sep 22, 2022

  • Jeff was a truly good man who cared alot about people. - Posted by: David Shaver (student) on: Sep 19, 2022

  • Condolences to Jeff's family as well as his many friends. With his passing there is a Jeff-sized hole in many lives. - Posted by: Fern Richardson (friend from times past) on: Sep 19, 2022

  • Jeff was a valued teacher, mentor and friend. I will sincerely miss his kindness, wisdom, and knowledge. I learned so much from him and will treasure memories of this dear man. He really made an impact on our lives and how we viewed things. A class act. RIP Jeff. My heartfelt condolences to your family and friends. - Posted by: Elayna LaBar (Friend/student ) on: Sep 17, 2022

  • I went to school with Jeff at Silver Heights Collegiate. I remember him as being very nice and easy going. Happy he found his passion in acting but sad he has left us too soon. May you rest in peace, Jeff Les Welsh - Posted by: Les Welsh (Friend.) on: Sep 11, 2022

  • I had the pleasure of working with Jeff at the Winnipeg Sun and Stage West Dinner Theatre. Although we only saw each other on a few occasions over the years I was always so pleased to read about his accomplishments. He had such a zest for life. Condolences to all his loved ones. - Posted by: Charmaine Dupas Young (Long lost friend) on: Sep 11, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to you David and the entire extended Skinner family. I don’t think anyone who met Jeff didn’t love him. Our parents were very close in the “old days”, and Jeff was so kind as to compose and sing a special greeting to my dad shortly before he passed away. Our whole family loved and appreciated Jeff’s gesture, especially Obie. I have attended many funerals, however, none more memorable [and entertaining] than your father’s, due to the input of his sons. Jeff will be missed and fondly remembered. Brian Baizley & Janice - Posted by: Brian Baizley & Janice Day (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2022

  • Jeff and I , both being Baritone-Tenors sang together in various events and we both performed at Rainbow Stage in "No No Nanette" in the 70s. We reconnected through Facebook several years ago . I am sad that he has left us. Peace to your family . - Posted by: Tom Dojack (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2022

  • Sad to hear of Jeff’s passing. He was a great high school friend. We were in the band and in musicals together at Silver Heights Collegiate, and we both worked at his family’s iconic food stand in Lockport. His exceptional talent in music and theatre was obvious. Our paths diverged when I moved east to go to grad school and we met only a few times thereafter — most recently at the Silver Heights reunion a decade ago. Gone far too soon, but warm memories of our friendship. - Posted by: Glen Hodgson (Old friend ) on: Sep 10, 2022

  • I just happened to come across Jeff's obituary, and I recognized him right away. We took an acting class from him several years ago, and really enjoyed and learned a lot from him. Condolences to his friends and family on his passing. - Posted by: Kim (Former acting student) on: Sep 10, 2022

  • I met Jeff at the Winnipeg Sun in its early stages, 1981 and we kept in touch always, right up until his birthday this past July. He was optimistic, felt great and as always had that little smirk that seemed to be his trademark engraved in his face, Over the years Jeff experienced many opportunities which he loved. Including auditioning people for different casting roles.I was fortunate to have been a student of his within his Acting Studio, as my Improv teacher for several years. He encouraged me to pursue Improv in the manner of teaching.The irony or call it serendipity was that the day after Jeff crossed over I received a yes for an improv class position I applied for after we had had that lunch in July. Yo his family and many friends, Jeff was a character actor but also one in real life. I miss him already, but thank God he crossed my path in my life. xoxo - Posted by: Laurie Gydé (friend) on: Sep 10, 2022

  • I'm shocked and saddened to hear of Jeff's passing. I shared the stage with him a few times. He had the talent. I was just the MC. I had lost track of Jeff for quite a few years as we unfortunately do too often. Please accept the condolence of me and my family. - Posted by: Murray Parker (friend) on: Sep 10, 2022

  • I will always remember our beach trips so many years ago with our grandparents…gimli, Winnipeg beach, Patricia Bach & of course to Lester beach. Always enjoyed his visit to my place at thanksgiving & of course to my sister’s as well. Sincere condolences David…you were a wonderful brother! - Posted by: Karen skinner (Cousin) on: Sep 10, 2022

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