James

October 30, 1948 ~ August 18, 2020

Born in: Akron, OH
Resided in: Akron, OH

Jim Singleton passed away August 18, 2020 after battling medical issues for several years. A graduate of St. Vincent High School (’67) and Walsh College, Jim was the owner of Hall Entertainment Security, a company that focused on security at music events for over 40 years.

For many years he toured with the Who, U2, Page and Plant, and the Rolling Stones hiring his local counterparts for the venues.

A lifelong car collector he will be missed by his car buddies and the parts stores.

Some local dining spots will miss the Ace and Fitz show, a weekly lunch date that lasted over 40 years.

Special thanks goes to his friends that have helped him over the years and particularly his brother Larry and Joe P. who were always there for him.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother Mary Jane, father Norman, and his sister Sandra Smith.

He is survived by his sisters Nancy Roth and Barbara Alesch (Richard), brothers Larry (Linda) and Dave (Paula), and his nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 11AM at St. Sebastian Church. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the Mass at the church. Private family interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Sebastian Parish Foundation, 476 Mull Ave. Akron 44320.

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Services

Visitation: August 25, 2020 10:00 am - August 25, 2020 11:00 am

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Mass: August 25, 2020 11:00 am - August 25, 2020 12:00 pm

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  1. Rest in Peace, Jim. Thank you for hiring me with no experience or background in working venues. You took a chance on me and I am thankful. You ran a tight ship but was always fair and decent to me. I’ll always remember you fondly especially when I’m working a show. See you later . . .

  2. My condolences to Jim’s family and many friends and coworkers. An amazing era has sadly ended. Jim, you will be missed.

  3. Jim showed me the ropes with Hall Security and trusted me early on. With all the others that worked with Him, I think I can speak for most everyone wherein we all have our special memories of those years. Gonna miss you and always keep you in my thoughts

  4. Rest easy sir. Thankful for the time I was employed by Hall Entertainment. You always ran a tight ship but it was a fair ship. Prayers to your family

  5. Godspeed Jim! And thank you for giving me the opportunity you did getting the Youngstown crew together to work. You touched many people in ways not always seen, and always provided solid life advice.

  6. Thank you Jim for the experience of working so many concerts and events!! It has enhanced my life in countless ways. You will be missed. Rest in peace…

  7. Jim was a good guy..in business and in friendship always quick and to the point..no surprises..RIP Jim, you will be missed…My condolences to Larry & David and entire family…

  8. So sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. He was a great guy in high school and someone of whom I have really good memories. I had not seen him for over 50 years but always remember him as a gregarious boy with a wonderful smile. My sympathies to his family and friends.

  9. I met Jim my freshman year at St V. It was in the hallway. We both had the same locker number. We came to the conclusion we had to share it. Jim became a good friend. I read some of the other comments and I wish that our paths could have crossed later in life. God willing for sure in heaven. God bless his family and all those he touched.

  10. Met Jim for the first time in the hallway our freshman year. We realized we had to share a locker. Jim became a good friend. I have read other comments and realize Jim had touch many people through his life. Our paths never crossed in this life but God willing on the next.

  11. Jim, Thank you for all of the great times, your faith and trust in me, during all those years I was with the group, and the opportunities that you gave me. I got to be a part of a world that I really loved, with the shows and the music and all the energy surrounding it. I’m met a lot of people and made a lot of friends. I have so many great memories, from my times with everyone and the experiences that I had, and I will always cherish them. Rest in peace and may God watch over you!

    • RIP Jim you were a great man. You gave me opportunities, that were amazing. Got to work some great events. You treated me like family. You’ll truly be missed.

  12. My deepest condolences for Jim’s family. I have been shooting rock and roll professionally for 46 years. That is how long I knew Jim. Although he was security for concerts via Sunrise and Hall security, he was always gentle and fair with the fans. For me, who also had a job to be there at these shows photographing the acts, he was a protector and friend. I will miss you Jim. You were a fantastic gentleman. ROCK ON!

    • RIP Jim. It has been my pleasure and honor to have known you for so many years. From Sunrise to Hall and from the Coliseum to Kent State you were always a professional on the job. We did have a little bit of fun back in the day. I appreciate everything you taught me about security. Thanks (I think) for getting me into auctions. My condolences to the Singleton, Sunrise and Hall families. We’ll miss you.

  13. Met because of a mutual love for Corvettes 50 years ago when he worked the door at the DECK in Kent. Cars, Auctions, REX Salvage, and eventually as an employee At Hall, we shared many a hour together and with friends.. We were sort of like Brothers, in the typical sibling way, We argued, disagreed, had fun in so many different venues that also opened friendships to many wonderful People (Characters ,LOL). My life would have been boring I believe if not for befriending him 50 years ago.
    Watch out up there, he will be there soon barking orders and checking passes. My biggest hope is that he now has the chance to own and drive every car that he never had a chance to have here. Hope there are no speed limits…….

  14. Jim was a good man. Hall Security and Jim were a big part of my life, I started working for Hall while in college and worked for him for almost 20 years. The people I met along the way shaped my life in so many positive ways and I have Jim to thank for that. I will cherish the friendships and memories for the rest of my life. I can see PZ greeting Jim at the stage door guarded by St. Peter and taking him through those pearly gates for a walkthrough of the backstage known as heaven. No need for a pass sheet or flashlight – rest in peace my friend.

  15. Jim,the guy with the biggest smile in the whole world, we had the greatest neighborhood growing up, Costigan’s,Oxhinhert’s,Flynn’s , Graf’s,Hilkert’s,McCready’s,Desman’s , Larose, Bader’s, the Garretts,Lots of fun,lots of kick the can,Soapbox derby runs from Desman’s To LaRose’s on Mull!! And lots of spin the bottle! ❤️

  16. Jim always had the biggest smile. We came from the greatest neighborhood. The Singleton’s, Oxhenhert’s,Costigan’s Larose, Flynn ‘s, Garrett’s, Desman ‘s, McCormicks, Hilkert’s, Graf’s, Homiers!We had so much fun playing kick the can, soap box Derby tin can races Desman’s to Larose’s. Plenty of basketball and Spin the bottle. God bless all our friendships.

  17. Very sad to hear of Jim passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and co-workers. I know when I left Hall, we didn’t leave on good terms, but I did have amazing friends out of working with Hall. As many have shared, a ton of cool memories and experiences being with Hall Entertainment. God speed Jim !! You will be missed in this music business. Love to all !!!!

  18. Bob Wein: I’ve known JS for decades. We worked together first at Sunrise then at Hall. We toured together on U2 and The Who. Jim and I got the opportunity to travel the world when we were young enough to appreciate it.

    I’m going to miss Jim Singleton more than I care to admit. He was a character in the best sense of the word. Jim was unique, there wasn’t anybody quite like him.

    Over the years Jim came in contact with an entire universe of people. I don’t think any of us will ever forgot him. We all have our stories of JS. Most of them make us smile and laugh.

    Jim is gone but I know he still lives in our memories. RIP

  19. Thank you Jim for allowing me to be part of your life and the experience that you taught some young college kids to become crowd control specialists for Hall Security. You will be missed everyday. God Bless you my friend.

  20. I have known JS for decades. We met at Sunrise then continued to work together at Hall. Years ago we toured together with U2 and The Who. Jim and I got a chance to travel the world when we were young enough to enjoy it.

    Jim knew a universe of people and nobody ever forgot him. He was a character in the best sense of the word. Unique. JS didn’t suffer from being ordinary.

    I will miss Jim more than I care to admit. Everybody has ” Singleton ” stories. Most of them end in smile and a laugh.

    Jim may be gone but he still lives in our memories. RIP

  21. Jim – Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do something I loved. You taught us well. We will take it from here.

  22. My Uncle….Stoic, with his eye on the crowd, especially on his nieces and nephews. This niece listened when he spoke, kissed him when he’d let me and appreciated his generosity when given!
    Someone was right in saying there is no one in the world like Jim!
    A race to the last scoop of Singleton chip dip and you’d receive a hand smack, but you knew he liked you if he gave you a wink!!
    Keep the stories coming about this fascinating man!

  23. I first met Jim at the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey back in the 80’s when he was working on the U2 tour. Our paths would cross many times after that when he was in the New York/New Jersey area on other tours, or I when I was working in the Ohio area. From the start, I was very impressed with his professionalism and attention to detail. He was an outstanding person and I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends. I believe that your grief will be widely shared and I hope you can take comfort from a life well lived.

  24. I knew Jim when he worked the door at the Deck and I was a cook at Town House Pizza. I also got to know Larry at that time. I worked Sunday nights and would always try to close early telling Jim that I hadn’t had an order for over an hour. Ten minutes later Jim would order a pizza so I couldn’t close.
    He was a great guy and sorry I lost touch with him after that.
    My thoughts go out to Larry and the rest of Jim’s family.

  25. I have been friends with Jim for over fifty years. We were roommates( I still remember the mixer humming every night with him making chipndip). We both worked concert security in the infant stages of our careers. We realized that we were good at what we did. When the opportunity arose, I selected him to become my partner in Hall Security. He was an usher at my wedding and a became a life long friend.
    We sometimes had disagreements but always remained steadfast friends.
    My heart goes out to the family and all that knew Jim.You will be missed by so many….

  26. As I pay tribute to “Uncle Jim” it is best to express my sympathy to our Family and his friends. It is always hard when a chapter closes in the book of life but rest easy Jim has eternal happiness. As the oldest male nephew my bond and relationship started early with him and the memories are vast. The earliest is spending almost the entire Singleton X-mas eve sitting on his lap. He would try to tickle and pinch you similar to his grandfather and your only hope was catch is hands. While on my way home from School, I would stop often at the “Office” to say hi and hear “Mr Fitz” crack jokes at his expense. Many times Uncle Jim would ask me about my School work and offer a lending hand if I needed it. Then came the age where he could exploit me for my child labor skills! Whether it was cutting grass, pulling endless weeds, or raking leaves I was somewhat willing to do as told. See Jim never asked if “you would” he told you “I need you to” and that was ok. There were so many solo trips with he and I to the “Farm” where we would just talk. Those days always started with McDonalds and gasoline…don’t forget the receipt! As luck would have it Uncle Jim took me to some really great Concerts, Basketball and Baseball games. Whether is was a School night AC/DC concert or World Series game, I always showed my appreciation and thanked him. Like many in my family he helped me with my first car. (Shocker Auction special!!) It was his willingness to help in areas he knew well I will truly miss. RIP Uncle Jim I have learned many lessons about life from you!

  27. Jim Singleton , One of the most trusted Concert Security Leads when he was touring with U2 , Stones, The Who and all the other tours that brought him to the New England Area !
    They don’t make them like him anymore !
    A friend and mentor that I have known for many , many years .
    You would never think that someone can make a lasting impression when you may only see someone separated by years when they tour with a band
    Well, Jim made a great impression up here in the Boston area and the entire Aegis Security Team will truly miss you my friend .

  28. Uncle Jim- would always look me up when he came through and gave me backstage passes and concert tickets. But he would never let me go ot the party- he said my mom would never forgive me! Many fond memories – great uncle! We will miss you!

  29. After leaving the Gund Arena after 15 years I chose to work with Jim at Halls security and I’m thankful to this day for the fun that we had picking with each other every time we saw each other it was more flexibility for me in a different look at a different side of entertainment and sports may the Lord continue to bless & comfort his family that are left all the days of their lives.☝🏽✝️🙌🏽🙏🏽❤️

  30. Jim was like another big brother to me, over the years Jim not only employed myself but my 3 kids at different times. I always enjoyed our talks. I have met many interesting people while working with Hall Security over the past 25+ years. I wish I could go get him yet another hot dog!! Jim you will be truly missed by our family, our prayers are with your family. You sir deserve to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

  31. Jim,

    I will miss you! You were a lifelong friend and someone that was always their for guidance and advice. Our Wednesday night dinners at Luigi’s meant so much to me. My son grew up calling you “Uncle Jim”. Bringing me into the Hall family afforded me so many cool opportunities and to see so many places. You were one of a kind and we will miss you!

    God Bless!

  32. RIP Jim. It has been my pleasure and honor to have known you for so many years. From Sunrise to Hall and from the Coliseum to Kent State you were always a professional on the job. We did have a little bit of fun back in the day. I appreciate everything you taught me about security. Thanks (I think) for getting me into auctions. My condolences to the Singleton, Sunrise and Hall families. We’ll miss you.

  33. Uncle Jim was quiet and private person. I can even remember my grandma talking about him having girlfriends but she never got to meet them. He had a love of food from his childhood memories. He would ask if I could make him things like mom (Mary Jane Singleton) used to make. Some examples were egg salad, ham salad, potato salad, potato pie, stuffed pepper soup, raspberry dessert, and of course Singleton Chip Dip! Whenever he came to my house I would make him a care package, he was always very appreciative, probably because that was the last homemade meal he would have until the next time he came over. Uncle Jim had the inside track to concert tickets. I remember in 8th grade my St. Sebastian friends and I wanted to go see the Rolling Stones, he was able to help us get tickets. He always knew what bands were popular, rock and roll, country, or even rap. He could help you get “good tickets” when you asked him. He had season tickets for the Cavs and Indians and would offer them to me when he could not attend, especially when all my brothers moved out of town. When my mom passed away he took the time to go over some things that a young home owner needed to know about the up keep of a home. He made a list of items I needed to do immediately and 5 to 10 years down the road. As I became more connected with people from STVM, I would meet people he went to high school with and they had great stories of his younger years. If you needed something, he always knew a “guy” with some sort of connection, especially when it was time for a new car. He was very helpful to me, my sister, my brothers, niece and nephew, when it came to these matters. His helpfulness and kindness will be dearly missed. Uncle Jim eternal rest be granted unto you O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon you. May the souls, of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  34. Many happy memories of boating with Jim at Salt Fork, going to the farm afterward for a great dinner, and sometimes stopping at Geisen Haus for ribs on the way home. It was always fun to brag about how my brother-in-law toured with Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, The Who (I have the autographed photos to prove it!) U2 and other notable bands. Fun memories of driving up to Michigan to see U2 and meeting some of Jim’s colleagues, which we didn’t often get to do. AND we got to go backstage. Jim battled through illness after illness and fought each one with an amazing amount of strength. I will miss him. My heart goes out to our family and his friends.

  35. I have wonderful memories of Jim from high school. He always seemed more mature and a heck of a lot cooler than the rest of us. Say hi to Sharon for me. All my love to Jim’s family and friends.

  36. What can you say when your big brother dies? It’s heart breaking to know the guy I looked up to for so many years is gone.
    I’d like to think that there is a Concert for Jim in heaven starting tomorrow with all the acts he’s worked for paying tribute to him, ala the Concert for George.
    Thank you to everyone who has posted here, we really appreciate it.
    RIP brother Jim!

  37. Well, I’ve read through all the guest book posts and realize my friend had many friends that loved him and had their lives touched by Jim. He too, touched mine. He saw this awkward, tall boy that he helped become a man. He became my boss, mentor, and friend. No one helped shape me more than the man I am today. We shared many moments together. I cherish them all. He was at my wedding. His smile showed how proud he was off me. He was there when I adopted my son. And he was proud. I know he will continue to watch over me and my family. I want to continue to make my friend proud. RIP brother. I love you and will miss you.

  38. Jim was my employer at Hall Security for over 30 years. He also provided me with painting jobs as I was starting my business. He will be greatly missed. God Bless.

    • To continue…Jim, along with Danny Waite opened up my eyes to a new dynamic of working with people. As a teacher, I thought I knew it all!! Jim, Danny, PZ, Rick Z, Bob Wein among many, gave me the experience, insight and confidence to handle life situations above and beyond the concert hall. It was Jim’s confidence in me that he gave his biggest contract, Kent State Athletics, to me to manage.

  39. To all of Jim’s Family member’s and friends that were at the Mass Tuesday,: I do wish that I could have had more interaction with you, but with the virus that was impossible.
    Covid has robbed us of so much in the last 6 months. As I sat there in the church, I had to think that it could be the last time I see some of the people that were part of Jim’s life, all caused by this virus.
    Jim and I talked for 1000’s of hours on the phone over the decades that we were friends. Be assured that he talked about all of his family members over the years. I know a lot about some of you and a little about all of you. It was clear that he loved and cared about his family.
    That is proof of a persons character. RIP JIM.

  40. My memories of Uncle Jim: Being the oldest grandchild, Jim was in high school when I was born. Then, they called him Jimmy, I remember him telling me I could drop the ‘my’. He helped me with cars and their issues many times. If you were planning to serve Singleton dip, you made sure you set aside some for him–his serving was whatever you gave him–a vat if you had it. But my fondest memories of him are the things he did for his great niece and nephew. Like the time he helped me surprise Chevonne with tickets to NSYNC, or plowed her driveway. When Erique was ready to move back to Akron, I called Uncle Jim and asked him to keep him busy. Jim definitely did keep him busy and if you asked E what he did to help Uncle Jim the answer was always ‘move sh*t’ I know that Uncle Jim taught E somethings, too. It was a comforting feeling to know that I could always tell my kids to call Uncle Jim because he always knew a guy. He will be missed by all!

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