Calgary arts supporter Jack Singer dies

Jack Singer, the namesake of Calgary premiere concert hall, has died.
Long-time Calgarian Jack Singer died this weekend. (Courtesy the Singer family)

Jack Singer, the namesake of the Calgary premiere concert hall, has died.

Singer was 95.

His family says he had been ill for some time.

Born in Calgary, Singer went to Central High School before going on to become a real estate mogul and Hollywood player.

"Rich or poor, he treated everybody equally. He was certainly a person of his word and he found that to be very important in life, to be your word," said son Alan Singer.

"He had a great heart. I always used to say to my father you should have been a stand up comedian. He was a very funny guy and I think most people remember him for his great humour."

Singer says his dad was self made.

He started out as a teenager collecting rents and painting rooms in a rooming house.  He started saved money and eventually began to buy his own properties.

During his Foray into Hollywood in the 1980s, Singer bought  Francis Ford Coppola’s studio at an auction.

Back at home, Singer was a big financer of arts in Calgary.

The funeral is Tuesday at 11 a.m. MT at the Beth Tzedec Congregation and is open to the public.