Harry Burton, 24th November 2017
It is with much sadness that we learned of the death of our old friend and fellow chorister Harry Burton. Harry was one of the hardest-working members of our choir, having served us as Baritone, President, Patrons Coordinator and a very effective Public Relations Officer. In his 84th year and just 5 months after celebrating his Golden Wedding Anniversary, Harry finally succumbed to the cancer with which he had been battling for quite some time.
Harry was also our link man with our sponsors, the Beverley Lions Club, also recruiting many Lions as Patrons and ensuring their support at regular concerts, specifically the annual concert in Beverley Memorial Hall for Lions’ Charities. Though quite ill, he had announced his intention to try to join the choir on stage for a few songs at the most recent of these on 19th November. It was sadly not be as he was in hospital by then and died just five days after it.
It is perhaps typical of Harry that in a phone call from hospital to a choir member just three days before his death, he was concerned that the switching on of the Christmas lights in Beverley, an event which, as an electrician, he had been closely involved with for 20 years should take place with out any hitches. He was also keen to check that arrangements for the annual BMVC/Beverley Lions carol singing in Tesco on 12th December were in place!
We shall very much miss Harry and our thoughts are very much with Jean and her very strong and supportive family at this very sad time.
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.