We are sure you will be sad to learn of the untimely death of our member Jerry King. Jerry and his wife, Eleanor, originally came from Loughton, Essex, to live in Backwell where Jerry joined the choir singing bass and was very willing to play the organ when needed. In 2000 when Jean Routley retired from being organist at Backwell Jerry took over. Jerry, Eleanor and their two daughters, Sarah and Hannah, remained at Backwell until Eleanor was ordained, and they moved away, first of all to North Petherton and then to Nether Stowey. Jerry held various roles on the RSCM Somerset Committee, and latterly was the highly efficient Secretary. In that role he organised many events for singers and organists. He was also a much valued committee member of SOCA. In addition, he became chairman of the Diocesan Choral Association which is responsible for the annual Diocesan Choral Festival in Wells Cathedral. His involvement in all these organisations has done much to facilitate communication and mutual support. Sadly in 2016 Jerry suffered the amputation of his left foot, but he still continued to lead an active musical life. His death at the age of 65, has come as a great shock and he will be much missed in the church musical life of Somerset.
7th May 2021