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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Sad News From Ashington - R.I.P. Sheila Taylor

FRIENDS IN JAZZ
My wife Sheila was diagnosed with lung cancer about a year ago and died peacefully in hospital yesterday. During the whole of that time her main concern was that Ashington Jazz Club carried on as normal. During that period she never missed a gig and somehow manage to negotiate the notorious stairs at the Elephant. Helping me on "the door" and making everyone welcome, setting the room up, lighting tea lights and making posters were always her main tasks - all done with love and affection. We also went regularly to the Cherry Tree where you (Lance) met her on several occasions. The last time was a Djangologie gig and Sheila spent time with James Birkett. Thanks also to Roly and Dave Kerr for their support.
Over the years she did not come to every gig but she did enjoy attending for vocalists such as Ruth and Zoe. Sheila and I went to Lindsay Hannon's first gig at Kikharle Courtyard. There and then Sheila got me to book Lindsay for the Elephant.
Sheila was a great organiser and was chairman of the local Townswoman's Guild as well as being in the Scrabble, coffee morning and ladies clubs. She had lots of interests, including the former school where she taught.
Thanks once again.
Friends in jazz
John

6 comments :

Lance said...

Very sorry to hear the sad news John. I know she was a tower of strength for you as you were for her when first diagnosed.
My thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

Very sorry to hear the awful news John.
Thinking of you.
Roly

Dave Kerr said...

Just to say that my thoughts are with you at this sad time and hope your dedication to the music you love will help you through.
Dave Kerr

Dave Telfer (on Facebook) said...

So sorry, my thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Mia Webb (on Facebook). said...

So sorry John. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. Take care and God Bless. Mia x

Peter Wardle (Cherry Tree) said...

I was very sad to learn of the news that Sheila Taylor had died. Sheila and John regularly came to the restaurant on Monday jazz nights and it was always a pleasure to have a chat with them and catch up with the latest news in the music world. Sheila was a lovely lady who enjoyed her visits and she will be greatly missed by all the staff at the restaurant. We send our condolences to John and her family and we look forward to seeing John again very soon.

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