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BB Obit: Johnny Collins (6 July 2009) (419* d) RE: Obit: JOHNNY COLLINS 06 Jul 09


Writing through tears is beginning to be a bit of a habit. I find it hard to believe that he's gone, but as others have said, he was at least doing what he loved best, so if there's a good way to go, that's probably it.

Johnny has been part of our lives for so long that it will leave a huge gap - his support as a singer, through many years of Whittlebury Song & Ale, and through the current John Short project have been invaluable - and the latter project will miss him dreadfully.

Few had the huge natural voice that he was blessed with, and choruses with his bass were such a delight. His ability as a shanty singer often seemed to mask his skill with other songs, many of which he put into the popular repertoire of those who enjoy a good sing.

Although we've been in touch, we haven't seen him since Matt Armour's funeral, little thinking we would never see him again. Our thoughts and love are with Joyce and the family.

'When my day is over,
Haul away to heaven,
Haul away to heaven,
The Lord be by my side.'

May it be so, Johnny.

Barbara


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