“Handsome” Jim Donaghy – (1929-2017)
The South Philadelphia String Band offers our condolences to the family and friends of our forever Captain, Jimmy Donaghy. Mr. Donaghy was truly a Mummers icon and the fabled leader of the South Philadelphia String Band for 30 years. In that time he won Best Captain awards 5 times, including a record 3 consecutive awards. “Handsome Jim”, as he would be known, was also a former President of the String Band Association and is member of the String Band Association Hall of Fame. Along with all of the well deserved honors his String Band career brought him, Gentleman was his greatest honor. Mr. Donaghy was well respected by all of is peers and often served as mentor to many.
We all will miss that Championship smile that Jim wore with such ease. Rest in peace, CHAMP.