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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

R.I.P. Jimmy McDowell

Just received the sad news that my dear friend and fellow jazz fan Jim McDowell passed away this morning. We'd known each other for over 50 years and when I got married Jimmy was my best man. In the photo Jimmy is at the piano and we had a jam as we waited for the taxi to take us to the church. I remember we were playing Sir Charles Thompson's Robbin's Nest (probably rather badly!).
Over the years Jim and I attended many jazz gigs and concerts at Newcastle City Hall, Corner House, Side Café, Bridge, Sage etc. and there was also a memorable trip to Leeds to see Dave Brubeck.
We shared an interest in cycling and had several Sunday bike rides. Until fairly recently Jimmy was a regular at the Splinter at the Bridge sessions until Parkinson's Disease limited his mobility.
After my wedding Jimmy and Marlene's bridesmaid, Valerie, got together and they too married and the friendship between the four of us continued to this very day augmented by their daughter Jane.
It is to Valerie and Jane that our sympathies go out to and the memories we all shared.
Rest In Peace dear friend.
Lance.

3 comments :

Liz said...

I only met Jim once, but knew how deeply your friendship went Lance, he struck me as a perfect gentleman.and in my own way I share in your mourning

John and Kathleen said...

Sad indeed. RIP.

Lance said...

Jim McDowell's funeral will take place next Thursday (April 24) at Saltwell Crem. at 9.45am.

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