The dancefloors of Ireland will likely be soggy with tears this week, as news has broken that local legend Sir John Leslie – a 99 year old war veteran who liked nothing better than hitting up nightclubs from the Emerald Isle to Ibiza – passed away on Monday morning (April 18).
The Irish Times reports that Leslie – also known as Uncle Jack – died at home, in his 100th year, surrounded by family in his sleep.
A cousin of Winston Churchill and keen dance music fan, Leslie celebrated his 85th birthday by flying out to Privilege in Ibiza and raving the night away. Leslie referred to the tunes played at such establisments as ‘boom boom’ music. “Each week he would visit the local night club to dance to the “boom boom” music,” commented his family. “He quickly gained respect in the clubbing community to the extent there is a nightclub named after him in Clones, Co Monaghan.”
Fans of the geriatric disco don have been paying their respects on a tribute page on Facebook. Breda Mccague wrote: “Sir Jack you were my inspiration! Im gonna follow in your footsteps and keep doing what I like no matter what age I am i.e. Raving and discoing!!” Clár Ní Threinfhîr added: “Fond memories of Sir Jack in AppleJacks night club in Monaghan boogying on down with everyone. He sure knew how to have fun. Lovely Gentleman. Rest in peace Sir Jack.”
Leslie’s other rock’n’roll claims to fame included owning the Castle Leslie, where ex-Beatle Paul McCartney got married to Heather Mills in, in 2002 and accidently revealing the top-secret location to baying journos and paps. Whoops. He also spent five years as a Prisoner of War in Germany during WWII, with his family back home believing him to have been killed in action.