|Birth: ||Apr. 30, 1901|
|Death: ||Dec. 21, 1981|
James E. "Skip" Handlon was born in Portland, ME on April 30, 1901. His dad presented him with a small-size mandolin at Age 7, & he took to music readily. After a tour in the Merchant Marines, he began to pursue his interest in music in New York. He studied many instruments - violin (with Joseph LeMaire in New York), piano, brass, woodwinds... but found his delight lay with the Tenor Banjo, which he mastered. He soon became a featured performer with the Major Bowes Vaudeville Shows in the 1930s, using the stage name of "John Jewell".
In 1937, he left the stage to be with his Dad in Florida and took a job as the first High School Band Director in Punta Gorda, married and began a family. He was known as "Skip" Handlon in Band Director circles then - teaching music to kids in schools across the Sunshine State.
Betty Jane Vickers Handlon (1923 - 2016)*
Charlotte Harbor Cemetery
Plot: Sec 22
Created by: bobo
Record added: Sep 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58340132