Roy Kaye, 20th June 2017
It was our sad privilege to sing at the funeral of Roy Kaye. We hope we did him proud. He would have wholeheartedly approved of our choice of songs – “Let all Men Sing” and “As long as I have Music”, sentiments which played a major role in Roy’s life.
Roy joined the choir as a guest singer some years ago for a choir visit to Lemgo, Germany, Beverley’s twin town. He was loaned a choir uniform for the occasion and decided not to return it – becoming one of our most enthusiastic and loyal members. In fact, judging by the tributes paid to Roy by family members, loyalty was very much a watchword with Roy and we are pleased and privileged to have benefited from it.
He was a very fine second tenor who sang his songs with great joy and enthusiasm.
Our thoughts are very much with his children and grandchildren and also with his partner Pauline, herself a good friend of the choir, who supported him so tirelessly throughout a long and very difficult illness.
Harry and Jean Burton
Harry and Jean will be celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary later this month having been married at St Michael’s and All Angels Church on Holderness High Road, Hull on the 22nd June 1957. They have two grown-up twin daughters, Janet Hall and Linda White, four Grandchildren and two Great Grandchildren. Very Happy Anniversary from us.
Eric Godson – 26th May 2016
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death after a long battle with cancer of one of our longest-standing and best-loved members. Eric was not only a very good second tenor, but also the choir’s most prominent comedian, a real comic with a real talent.
He and his late wife Margaret for many years organised our annual social evening and audiences at our concerts for many years would have struggled to find the fire exits without the advice and guidance of Erica the air hostess! He also organised and directed with great humour both choir and audience in our annual “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. His will be a hard act to follow.
At his funeral in the majestic Beverley Minster, the choir sang the the songs Eric had requested, “The Rose”, “Gwahoddiad” and “Softly as I leave You”, songs that we also sang for Margaret some years ago. Son Will Godson delivered a very moving “Recollections of Dad’s Life” and daughters Jenny and Jan read an equally moving eulogy and a poem to say goodbye to their father. Our thoughts are very much with them at this sad time.
The funeral took place in the Church of Latter Day Saints on 11th February of Philip Smith, a recent President and very dear friend of the choir. We shall not forget Philip, a very generous and talented patron of the choir, even after his Presidency, whose death was sudden, unexpected and a great shock to all of us. He made a great contribution to our choir and Helen and family are very much in our thoughts.