Former Colne musician (49) dies

PASSIONATE PERFORMER: John Tyson (49), before his death (S)
PASSIONATE PERFORMER: John Tyson (49), before his death (S)

A passionate musician who continued to entertain audiences even while battling a rare form of cancer has died aged 49.

Former Colne resident (Patrick) John Tyson was given the devastating diagnosis two-and-a-half years ago – but throughout his illness always remained upbeat and strong, raising thousands of pounds for cancer charities.

Born to Michael and Linda (nee Daggett) at Skipton’s Cawder Ghyll Hospital in 1965, John attended Greatwood Community Primary School and Aireville Secondary Modern School, played football for Skipton Bulldogs, snooker for Broughton Road Bowling Club and learnt to play guitar in his dad’s band. Along with his family, he moved to Glenroy Avenue, Colne, in 1989, and after marrying Joannne Riley, from Sutton, he set up home in Oak Street. He spent time as a HGV driver at Joda Freight and also Fagan & Whalley. He also played league snooker for Colne Conservative Club, but after divorce the father-of-two moved to Edenthorpe in 1999, and married Vicky in 2005.

His love for music saw him have a studio built at his home, where he would regularly host karaoke and music nights for friends. He then formed the Memphis Jacks Rock ‘n’ Roll Band, singing and playing 50s rock ‘n’ roll music at a professional level. His dad Michael, who still lives in Colne, said: “Right up to his passing John supported cancer charities and raised thousands of pounds for Weston Park Cancer Hospital in Sheffield where he was treated throughout his illness.

“He was always upbeat about his cancer and thought he would beat it and in fact was performing on stage just three weeks before his condition deteriorated.”

John’s funeral will be held from 1-20pm on Friday, October 24th at Rose Hill Crematorium, in Cantley Lane, Doncaster, and he will be laid to rest in the family plot at St Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church in Skipton.