Leslie William ‘Skinny’ Tennant ~ December 25, 1943 – July 13, 2021
To know him is to love him. A friend of many, he had the ability to light up a room. Those who were privileged to cross his path were forever changed. He was hilarious and could find humour in any situation. He was a good listener and believed in you when you forgot to believe in yourself. He was honest in his opinions whether you liked them or not. Skinny was patient and kind and a lover of life.
The son of Mathew William and Erna Pearl (nee Aldread) Tennant, survived by sister Shirley Leone Rourke of Cold Lake Alberta.
Skinny will be greatly missed by the love of his life, Bonnie, and his family who adored him: Andrea and Paul, Shauna and Jonny, Christie and Hayden, Leanne and Flounder, along with his adoring grandchildren: Stella and Clayton, Zora and Frida, Grey and Morris.
Skinny’s impact on the musical fabric of this country is paramount. From Radio DJ to A&R to Booker to Manager to Publishing Executive, he’s fulfilled so many impactful roles in the industry. Throughout it all he always kept his focus on the artist. His role in the live booking sector found him working alongside acts such as Rush, Lighthouse and Fludd. His role on both the label and management side found him developing artists such as Andrew Cash, Lowest of the Low, The Waltons, to more contemporary artists such as Hayden, Tegan and Sarah, and Hawksley Workman. His tireless work ethic continued well into his semi-retirement. He landed sync placements for many indie artists via his company Songplugger. Looking back on his life and influences he created a nine-episode podcast titled, Skinny Spinner Presents: The Birth of Rock n’ Roll. He was recently awarded CIMA’s Builder Award for being a tireless advocate for creators over many decades. His loss will be felt by many.
As your expression of sympathy, donations to dreamserenade.ca or Residential Hospice Grey Bruce – Chapman House Hospice, Owen Sound would be greatly appreciated and may be made through Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca