Gerry Darvill (1939-2018)
The Knights of Harmony have said farewell to one of their much-loved and enthusiastic veterans, Gerry Darvill. Sadly, Gerry passed away on August 1st, aged 79, with his family around him.
Gerry sang with the chorus for 26 years, and his attention to detail in pursuit of the perfect chord made him an outstanding chorus member.
His wife of many years, Olive says: ‘Gerry had a very good ear for music – and he wasn’t happy unless the right notes were sung’.
He had performed at Convention as recently as the end of May 2018 and was due to attend Harmony College at the end of August. He always enjoyed singing in the Harmony College Audition Chorus with his good friend and fellow Knight, Ron Hollis.
At the church service mourners were given a detailed account of his work with the Fire Service, his love of the Church and his music skills.
He loved to drive, so it was a good fit when Gerry joined the Fire Service as a Driver/Fireman/Mechanic in 1966. He was to spend the rest of his working life in the service.
While Gerry loved his work, he loved his music even more. He came from a musical family where there was singing, piano, drums, violin – and Gerry on the banjo. Olive says his love of singing Barbershop gave him so much pleasure, and he really enjoyed his Thursday evenings rehearsing with the Knights. It gave him so many friends.
Many of those chorus friends turned out in full Knight’s uniform to pay their respects at his funeral on August 21st. It was a privilege to perform two of Gerry’s favourite Barbershop songs: I’ll Walk with God and You Raise Me Up.
Fellow Knight Chas Owen, paid this tribute: “Gerry was a kind and generous person who would always go out of his way to help others“. We will miss him.
We send our sincere condolences to Olive and family,
Rest in peace, Gerry.