Chapeltown Silver Prize Band has announced the death of their respected Vice-President and former player Neville Wilkinson. He passed away on Thursday 11th July following a long illness.
A spokesperson told 4BR: "Neville (Nev) had a long association with the band, along with several members of his family, including his twin brother Terry and son Paul, who is still a member.
Nev played most of the instruments in the band, was a model bandsman, a great compere and worked tirelessly as both a player and official on our behalf.
He had a big heart and a very dry sense of humour and was always the life and soul at celebrations."
On retiring from the Fire Service Neville spent a number of years working for Conservation Practice, maintaining paths and building dry-stone walls in the countryside. He was also a keen walker and was a member of the Grenoside Walking Club.
He was also well known within the local community through his involvement with a number of organisations including Chapeltown Scouts where he was a leader for a number of years, Worrall Male Voice Choir, the Royal British Legion Club and through his work as a fireman.
Nev played most of the instruments in the band, was a model bandsman, a great compere and worked tirelessly as both a player and official on our behalfChapeltown Silver Prize Band
The spokesperson added: "On behalf of all the band and officials we send our most sincere condolences, love and support to all Nev's family especially his wife Marjorie, son Paul, daughters Linda and Joanne and all their families at this difficult time.
Funeral Service and Cremation at the North Chapel Grenoside 30th July 2019 at 3.00pm. Family flowers only.
Donations in lieu of flowers towards Chapeltown Silver Prize Band.