‘Colne legend’ Demis daies aged 38: tributes

Demis Morrison
Demis Morrison

Kelly Sharrocks paid tribute to her brother Demis Morrison who has been called a ‘Colne legend.’

Demis, who would have turned 39 on Monday, died at his home last Friday morning.

Once met, Demis was never forgotten and he was a character-and-a-half

Sister Kelly

He had suffered serious injuries in a road accident when he was nine-years-old but recovered to become a popular character in Colne.

“Demis was run over in March 1986, he was in a coma and told he would never walk and talk again,” said his only sibling Kelly.

“He was in hospital for nine months and was never the same. He had brain damage but he did walk and talk again.

“Everyone knew him in Colne. He told horrendous, silly jokes and was a lovely man who would do anything for anyone.

“He was well-known for wearing his sandals and shorts when it was raining.

“Unfortunately our mum died just over two years ago and he was drinking heavily after that.”

Kelly, who works in Colne, is appealing for help with funeral costs for her brother who she wants to give the ‘send off he deserves’.

“I was so shocked by Demis’s death. He was popular, a real character, and my phone has not stopped ringing since he died while people have been coming up to me in the street and giving me a cuddle. Once met, Demis was never forgotten and he was a character-and-a-half.”

There is a collection box at the Commercial Hotel in Colne, one in the Market Street Tavern and one in the One-Stop Shop in Colne for anyone who wants to help with funeral costs. There is also a Go Fund Me page on www.gofundme.com/3x66tn8g.

Demis’s funeral is on Friday October 23rd at Skipton Crematorium at 2-20pm and at the Commercial Hotel in Colne afterwards.

If anyone wants to pay their respects to Demis, he will be at Denis Hartley’s on Back Brown Street from Monday.