The popular Catholic DJ, zany entertainer and philanthropist, Sir Jimmy Saville, died last month at his home in the northern English city of Leeds, just two days before his 85th birthday.
Born on October 31, 1926 in Leeds, Jimmy was the youngest of seven children: Mary, Marjory, Vincent, John, Joan, and Christina Saville, born to Agnes Monica (Kelly) and Vincent Joseph Marie Saville, a bookmaker's clerk and insurance agent.
Jimmy was conscripted during World War II to work as a coal miner at South Kirkby Colliery, West Yorkshire, England. During that time he was in a mining accident and injured his back - after which he always had a particular concern for people with spinal injuries.
He began his career as a DJ playing records in dance halls. He began as a broadcaster at Radio Luxembourg before he moved to BBC Radio One. Jimmy became the UK's first pop disc jockey when he hosted the first episode of Top of the Pops. He went on to host Jim'll Fix It for twenty years. This was a show that worked miracles for more than 1500 children, granting them their heart's desires.
With his trademark tracksuit, glitzy jewellery, sunglasses and wild hairstyles, he was a born entertainer. At the same time he was a very private person. He lived with his mother until her death in 1973. Although he was very wealthy, he gave away nine tenths of his income to two charitable trusts.
Sir Jimmy Saville received many awards and honours. He was a Papal Knight Commander of Saint Gregory the Great (KCSG) and a Knight of Malta.
His funeral will take place in Leeds this Wednesday, and he will be buried on Thursday at Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough.
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