_ It is with sad feelings that I write that my brother Stephen, died yesterday lunch time in Coventry Hospital. As the death certificate has not yet been released I cannot say exactly how he died, except that he got a skin infection a couple of weeks ago that would not heal up, and he got steadily worse from then on.
But this is not to dwell on that but to reflect on the good things in his life. He had a very much larger than life personality. He seemed to have four main passions, music, cricket, food (& fine drink) and steam trains.
We had very different opinions as to what was good music, he thought a fine opera blasting out at full volume was fantastic, I have a slightly different view. This does not matter as he shared his love for music as a keen Organist in the Leicester area, especially as church organist and choir master for Billesdon Leicestershire. He also shared his love for music in teaching it. This old black and white picture is just as I remember him sitting in front of the piano practising hard.
His second passion was for cricket - This is something that he caught from our Grandfather, taking us to see Kent play as youngsters. He was a member of Leicester Cricket club for a number of years, and often used to recount spending afternoons watching the team play.
His third passion was food. He used to claim to be a gourmet – enjoying good food and drink. If we ever discussed what we had had for dinner he would often quip back – “of course it was a proper dinner of five courses along with the port in London the other week” He evidently enjoyed fine food a lot.
His final passion that I will recount here is steam trains. He used to love going on a steam train of any kind, the bigger the better. It was even fantastic if they were doing a special travelling dinner.
Hopefully he will be fondly remembered in some way by all who knew him.
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